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The U.S. Naval Institute's Oral History collection is an invaluable resource on which researchers and authors have been drawing since 1969, when Dr. John T. Mason Jr. came to the Institute from Columbia University's oral history program. Under Mason and his successor, author and historian Paul Stillwell, the Institute sought to preserve and disseminate a permanent record of the stories, in their own words, of prominent figures including Admirals Arleigh Burke and Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr., U.S. Navy; and Admiral James M. Loy, U.S. Coast Guard. Now under the leadership of Vice Adm. Peter H. Daly, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Naval Institute CEO, the program continues to expand. 

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

Bound volume, hardcover:  $40

Bound volume, paperback (if available):  $25

DVD (transcript):  $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 are gratefully accepted.

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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

2016 Naval History Conference

Thu, 2016-09-08 - Fri, 2016-09-09

Join us for the 2016 Naval History Conference on 8 and 9 September at Alumni Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy. The Athena...

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San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

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Author Talk & Book Signing

Sun, 2016-08-28

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Fri, 2016-09-09

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