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.

COAST GUARD PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM HISTORY:
THE SEARCH FOR SYMMETRY
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A Thesis
Presented to the
Faculty of
San Diego State University
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In Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements for the Degree
Master of Arts
in
Communication
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by
Matthew M. Kroll
Spring 2017
USCG Pubilc Affairs Progr...
USCG Air Station Borinquen's newsletter entitled "Borinquen Beacon", Volume 2, No. 7, September 14, 1977
CGAS Borinquen Beacon (1977)
Gilbert Study ( February 1987) - "Realignment of Support and Management Functions in the U.S. Coast Guard"; report of results recommended by a study group led by RADM Marshall Gilbert, including Thad Allen, that recommended the reorganization of the maintenance and logistics support functions at two Regional Maintenance and Logistics Commands.
Gilbert Study (1987) - Re...
1990 Women in the Coast Guard Study
1990 Women in the USCG Study
LIGHTSHIP LV-116 "CHESAPEAKE"
Recollections, reminisces, and thoughts about life on a lightship from five former crewman and the daughter of LV-116's first commanding officer. The interviews were conducted by historian Frank Hebblethwaite. We recently discovered a number of relatively old cassette tapes in the back of a file cabinet and asked our tireless volunteer, Ms. Seamond M. Roberts, to transcribe them for us. She cheerfully obliged and presented us with, much to
our surprise and delight, a transcript of a series of interviews with five former crewmen of Light Vessel Number 116, each of whom served on board during the 1930's. Also included was an interview with the daughter of the first commanding officer of LV-116. The interviews were conducted by historian Frank Hebblethwaite and to our knowledge they are the only transcribed interviews of lightship sailors available on the World Wide Web.
LV 116 1930s Crew Oral Hi...
An oral history interview with Rear Admiral Robert Duncan, USCG, who commanded the Eighth Coast Guard District when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005.
RADM Robert Duncan's ...
An oral history interview with MCPOCG Charles "Skip" Bowen, USCG (Ret) as conducted by his daughter, Kristen.
MCPOCG Charles "Skip...
A list of cutter nicknames as provided by crewmembers.  It is an official list provided for historical interest only.
Cutter Nicknames
An illustrated narrative history of the Captain of the Port duties as carried out by the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.
Captains of the Port (COP...
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...