Historic Documents

Documents, including copies, reproductions and scans of documents, reports, articles, publications, etc., detailing the U.S. Coast Guard and its five predecessor agencies: the Revenue Cutter Service, the Life-Saving Service, the Lighthouse Service, the Bureau of Navigation, and the Steamboat Inspection Service from the Coast Guard Archives and Special Collections, Coast Guard, and National Archives.

NOTE: Documents provided are in the public domain.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES REVENUE MARINE SERVICE.

By Lieutenant Worth G. Ross, USRM; Harpers New Monthly Magazine, Volume 73, Issue 438, November 1886
History of U.S. Revenue M...
"The Evolution of the Life-Saving System of the United States from 1837 to June 30, 1892. An Outline of the Part Taken in its Development by the United States Revenue Marine." 
By
1st. Lieut. C. F. Shoemaker (Late Asst. Inspector of Life-Saving Stations.
Evolution of Life-Saving ...
WOMAN’S WORK: FEMALE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS
IN THE EARLY REPUBLIC, 1820-1859
by
Virginia Neal Thomas
A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of Old Dominion University
in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of
MASTER OF ARTS
HISTORY
OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY
December 2010
Women's Work - Female...
Experimental Lightship LV 99 imagery
LV EXP (LV-99) Images
U.S. Navy Temporary Lightships
USN Lightships (Temporary)
U.S. Lightship Station Assignments

(Stations are listed alphabetically, with dates that the station was in service and general locations noted, along with a list of each light ship that was assigned to that particular station by dates of service.)
Lightship Station Assignm...
"A Snapshot of Life Aboard the USCG Lightship Relief LV-78 / WAL-505 From April 1957 to April 1959."  Photos and information are courtesy of Jay McCarthy, USCG
Life Aboard LIGHTSHIP LV-78
LIGHTSHIP Memories of RELIEF Lightship LV-78 / WAL-505 in the late 1950s.  Written by J.F. "Jay" McCarthy, USCG (Ret.)
Lightship Memories, LV-78
A Historic Photo Gallery of Images of Lightships
LIGHTSHIP_HISTORIC_PHOTO_...
American Lightships, 1820-1983: History, Construction, and Archaeology within the Maritime Cultural Landscape
by Morgan MacKenzie
April, 2011

ECU Master's Thesis
American Lightships, 1820...
The Coast Guard At War -- Landings in France, Volume XI, 1946
Landings In France (Norma...
Civil-Service Regulations for the Lighthouse Service, 1928 (Washington, DC: United States Department of Commerce, Lighthouse Service/USGPO), Adopted December 7, 1927 Effective July 1, 1928
Civil-Service Regulations...
Regulations Governing the Uniforms of the Officers and Men of the United States Light-House Establishment, 1907
Uniform Regulatons, USLHE...
Efficiency of the Revenue-Cutter Service, Senate Report No. 65, 56th Congress, 1st Session, January 11, 1900 [to accompany S. 728].
Efficiency of the Revenue...
Regulations Governing the Uniforms of the Officers and Men of the United States Li8ghtouse-House Service, Treasury Department (Washington, DC: USGPO, 1893).
Uniforms of the Lighthous...
United States Light-House Establishment, Instructions to Light-Keepers, July, 1881, By Authority of the Light-House Board (Washington, DC: USGPO, 1881).
Instructions to Light-Kee...
A report written by Winslow Lewis listing each lighthouse keeper along with their salaries.  Report is dated September, 1815.  Report was sent to Samuel Smith, Esquire, Commissioner of the Revenue.

Original report is held by NARA and was digitized by noted historian and lighthouse history expert Ms. Candace Clifford who provided this copy to Scott Price of the U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office.  We thank her for her work, kindness and generosity.
1815 Lighthouse Keepers S...
Scan of a 1799 report on the lighthouses of the U.S.
1799 Lighthouse Report
By-Laws of the Alumni Association of the Revenue Cutter Service, 1897

(Alumni Association first organized on 15 December 1887.)
BY LAWS OF THE ALUMNI ASS...
The Alumni Association of the Revenue Cutter Service, organized December 15, 1887 at Washington, D.C.  Information printed in the 1905 Tide Rips, p. 14.
USRCS Alumni Association