U.S. Navy Medical Department Historical Data Series World War II volumes
26 volumes, finding aid, unrestricted
Finding Aid for the
U.S. Navy Medical Department
Historical Data Series World War II volumes
US Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED)
Office of Medical History
Date of Records: 1941-1945; compiled 1946
Size: 26 bound volumes; approximately 4 linear feet
Scope & Content:
Bound printouts of microfilm of reports from the field compiled during World War II by BUMED's Administrative History Section. According to editor Bennett F. Avery's preface to Volume I of The History of the Medical Department of the U. S. Navy in World War II :
Early in World War II, President Roosevelt directed the "preserving for those who come after us an accurate and objective account of our present experience," and on 23 March 1942 a "Committee on Records of World War II" was designated to activate such a program. In the Navy, Surgeon General McIntire ordered the medical departments of all ships and stations to include in their Annual Sanitary Report an account of their experiences in administrative matters as well as in clinical and preventive medicine. These reports covered the period from 7 December 1941 to 31 August 1945.
In 1943 an Administrative History Section was designated in the Administrative Division of the Bureau. This group assembled a Historical Data Series from the Annual Sanitary Reports and, under the general rules prescribed by the Director of Naval History, compiled the "U.S. Navy Medical Department Administrative History 19411945."
The records reproduced in these volumes are presumably a subset of those referred to above.
This set was transferred to BUMED's Office of History in 2011 from the former Stitt Library of the National Naval Medical Center, and had been catalogued by them as VG 123.U594 1946. As these books were not formally published and no copies are listed at the National Library of Medicine or in WorldCat, these will be treated as a manuscript collection at the BUMED Office of Medical History.
Series I: Ships
3: Aircraft Carriers
5: Submarines, Misc.
6: Hospital Ships
7: Auxiliaries (APA)
8: Auxiliaries (ABSD-AOG)
9: Auxiliaries (AP-AW, Excludes APA)
10. Battleships, Cruisers, Aircraft Carriers [formerly classified reports]
11. Destroyers, Submarines, etc. [formerly classified reports]
Series II: Shore Stations
12: Hospitals (Annapolis, MD – Memphis, TN)
13: Hospitals (Newport, RI – Seattle, WA)
14: Hospitals – Special Hospitals
15: Hospitals – Base Hospitals, Fleet Hospitals, Mobile Hospitals, Dispensaries
16-18: Aviation Units
20: School and Training Units
21-22: Shore Units
23-24: Hospitals [formerly classified reports]
25: Aviation Units [formerly classified reports]
26: Shore Units [formerly classified reports]
Michael Rhode, Archivist
November 28, 2011