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Oral History Program

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The U.S. Naval Institute's Oral History program captures and preserves the reminiscences of key Navy and Coast Guard figures such as Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, Adm. Arleigh Burke and Adm. Chester Nimitz. The Naval Institute tape-records a series of interviews covering the life story of each participant.  The interviews are then transcribed, annotated, indexed, and bound.

Since the inception of the program in 1969, more than 230 bound volumes have been completed, and interviews have been recorded to produce dozens more.

Oral History transcripts are available as a print-on-demand program in the following three formats:

Library bound:  $250

Soft bound:  $100

Data CD (pdf file):  $45 

Orders can be made by contacting Janis Jorgensen at the U.S. Naval Institute's Heritage Group:

Email:  [email protected]

Telephone:  410-295-1022

Naval Institute oral histories are funded solely by gift income. Tax-deductible contributions to underwrite a specific history or for general program support are gratefully accepted.

Further support for this program has been graciously provided by:



Among current projects for which we seek support are the oral histories of:

Admiral Robert Kramek, USCG (Ret.)
Admiral James Loy, USCG (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Edward H. Martin, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer, USN (Ret.)
Admiral Paul David Miller, USN (Ret.)
Admiral J. Paul Reason, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral George P. Steele II, USN (Ret.)

We have indexed material found in the oral histories on the following topics:

Admiral Hyman G. Rickover
Korean War
Midway Island/Battle of Midway


Conferences and Events

2015 Naval History Conference

Wed, 2015-10-14

The 2015 History Conference is hosted by the U.S. Naval Institute and the U.S. Naval Academywith support from The William M. Wood...

Defense Forum Washington 2015

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