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Nimitz Library Records, 1969-1999: Finding Aid

Published electronically in August 2012

Summary Information

  • Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
  • Publisher Address:
    589 McNair Road
    Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
    Phone: 410-293-6917
  • Call number: MS 240
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: Nimitz Library Records
  • Dates: 1969-1999
  • Size: 4.5 linear feet linear feet
  • Container Summary: 2 manuscript boxes, 19 binders
  • Creator: Nimitz Library
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: The Nimitz Library Records (Manuscript Collection No. 240) cover the time period 1969 through 1999 and are concerned with Library planning and construction, the Library opening and dedication, some of the Nimitz Library’s early history, and the Library's exhibit program.

History of Nimitz Library

Construction of Nimitz Library, the United States Naval Academy Library, was completed in the spring of 1973 and the building was dedicated on the seventh of September of the same year. Designed by the architectural firm of John Carl Warnecke (1919-2010), Nimitz Library brought together, at its opening, the roughly 365,000 volumes of library materials that had previously been dispersed across six smaller libraries located throughout the Academy.

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Description of Contents

The Nimitz Library Records (Manuscript Collection No. 240) cover the time period 1969 through 1999 and are concerned with Library planning and construction, the Library opening and dedication, some of the Nimitz Library’s early history, and the Library's exhibit program. The collection consists of collateral equipment lists, interior design brochures, photographs, records pertaining to the Nimitz Library dedication, and a few news articles.

The Nimitz Library Records are contained in nineteen binders and two boxes of records which occupy 4.5 linear feet of shelf space in the Special Collections & Archives Department of Nimitz Library.

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The Nimitz Library Records are organized into the following three series:

  • Series 1: LIBRARY DEDICATION FILES, 1970-1973
  • Series 3: EXHIBIT PROGRAM FILES, 1975-1999
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Access and Use


Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The Nimitz Library Records are the physical property of Nimitz Library. Copyright belongs to the authors or creators of the works, or their legal representatives. For further information, consult the Head, Special Collections & Archives.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure written permission to publish, reprint, or reproduce material from Special Collections & Archives. The researcher assumes responsibility for infringement of copyright or literary or publication rights. Please contact the Head, Special Collections & Archives for permission to publish and for further information.

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Acquisition and Appraisal

Provenance and Acquisition


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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

Various proposals, plans, programs, etc. for a new Naval Academy Library (which evolved into the Nimitz Library) can be found among The United States Naval Academy Library Records (Manuscript Collection No. 239).

Materials pertaining to the SHORSTAMPS Program, the Commercial Activities Program, and Efficiency Review/Accreditation at Nimitz Library can be found in the Nimitz Library Project Files (Manuscript Collection No. 243).

Materials Cataloged Separately

No materials have been removed from this collection.

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

Nimitz Library Records, MS 240

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Mary R. Catalfamo in 1989. Finding aid written by Mary R. Catalfamo in 1989 and edited by David D'Onofrio in June 2013.

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Subject Headings

Name and Subject Terms

  • Library buildings -- United States
  • Library decoration
  • Library exhibits
  • Library fittings and supplies
  • United States Naval Academy. Nimitz Library

Genre Terms

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Inventories
  • Invitations
  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs
  • Printed ephemera
  • Programs (documents)
  • Speeches (documents)
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Contents List

Series 1: LIBRARY DEDICATION FILES, 1970-1973 Box 1

Series Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by document type and topic.

Box 1 Folder 1-2

Congressional Record, 1973 November

Copies of statements by Representative Frank Horton of New York, who served on the Academy’s Board of Visitors.

Box 1 Folder 3

Correspondence, 1970-1973

Discussion of the dedication ceremony, naming of the Library, and a proposed permanent exhibit on Admiral Nimitz.

Box 1 Folder 4

Dedication Ceremony Invitation, 1973

Box 1 Folder 5

Dedication Ceremony Parking Pass, 1973 September 7

Box 1 Folder 6

Dedication Ceremony Program, 1973 September 7

Box 1 Folder 7

Dedication Ceremony Script, 1973 September 7

Box 1 Folder 8

Fleet Admiral Chester William Nimitz, USN: A Selected Bibliography, 1973

Box 1 Folder 9

Floor Plans, undated

Box 1 Folder 10

Groundbreaking Ceremony, 1970

Box 1 Folder 11-12

Guest Lists, 1973

Box 1 Folder 13

Map Overlays, undated

Overlays showing the various locations of the Naval Academy Library over the years.

Box 1 Folder 14

Nimitz Bust, 1972-1973

Box 1 Folder 15

Nimitz Library Fact Sheet, 1973

Box 1 Folder 16

Nimitz Portrait Dedication Program, undated

Box 2 Folder 1

Operation Order, 1973

Box 2 Folder 2

Planning Documents, 1969-1973

Box 2 Folder 3

Press Clippings, 1970-1974

Photocopies of documents from binder 10-12.

Box 2 Folder 4

Speeches, 1973

Box 2 Folder 5

United States Military Academy Proclamation, 1973 September 7

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Series 2: EQUIPMENT AND INTERIOR DESIGN FILES, 1969-1974 Binders 1-12

Series Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Binder 1

Collateral Equipment List, 1969

Lists of required library furnishings and equipment, including desks, draperies, microfiche readers, etc.

Binder 2-3

Collateral Equipment List (Revised), 1971

Binder 4-5

Collateral Equipment List by Room, undated

Binder 6-8

Interior Design Brochure, undated

Brochure by Eleanor Le Maire, Associates, Inc., consisting of floor plans, photographs, and specification sheets for library furnishings.

Binder 9

Gunlocke Furniture Catalog, undated

Office and library furniture catalogs from The Gunlocke Company, Inc.

Binder 10-12

Nimitz Library Photos and News Coverage, 1970-1974

Includes photographs of the ground breaking ceremony, the library under construction, and the structure after completion.

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Series 3: EXHIBIT PROGRAM FILES, 1975-1999 Binders 13-19

Series Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Binder 13

Library Exhibits, 1975-1977 August

Binder 14

Library Exhibits, 1977 September-1978 December

Binder 15

Library Exhibits, 1979 January-1982 March

Binder 16

Library Exhibits, 1982 January-1983 December

Binder 17

Library Exhibits, 1983 December-1987 April

Binder 18

Library Exhibits, 1987 March-1991 December

Binder 19

Library Exhibits, 1991 December-1999

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