Historic Documents & Official Publications (Database)

Documents, including PDF photo collections, reproductions and scans of drawings, illustrations, and images, from the archives of 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.

U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office
2703 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20593-7031


U.S. Coast Guard Museum
Coast Guard Academy - Waesche Hall
15 Mohegan Ave
New London, CT 06320-8100

Contacting us:  U.S.C.G. Historian's Office

Images & Photographs

Alex Haley's 1943 letter to NAACP

Letter Alex Haley wrote to Mr. Walter White, the Executive Secretary of the NAACP while Haley was in service on the USS Murzim in the PacificTheatre discussing Haley's experiences as an African-American in the CoastGuard; dated 26 November 1943 (courtesy of GMCM William R. Wells, II, USCG RET).

VIRIN: CGD-190524-395-001.PDF
Photo by: GMCM William R. Wells, II, USCG (Ret)
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