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"The document collection at the USS Constitution Museum is unparalleled in America for the specificity of its focus yet the breadth of it impact. It tells the story of one ship, but that ship is a remarkable vehicle for exploring, explaining, and understanding the American experience." ~ William Martin, author
The Samuel Eliot Morison Memorial Library holds a strong collection of primary documents and secondary works related to USS Constitution. The Library’s resources are useful to historians, educators, and ship modelers, with limited genealogical information. The 2,000-volume library includes general maritime titles, local and federal period history, and books about USS Constitution, the US Navy, and the US Marine Corps. The Library also houses over 300 rolls of microfilm, containing primary source material from the National Archives, Library of Congress, and manuscript repositories across the country.
The manuscript collection is comprised of ship’s logbooks, journals and personal correspondence of USS Constitution's crew; early nineteenth century newspapers; historic and contemporary photographs; modern copies of maintenance reports; twentieth century restoration records and deck logs. Explore our collections!
The Samuel Eliot Morison Memorial Library is open to the public Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by appointment. Researchers interested in using the Library should contact the archivist at least one week in advance by email at Library@ussconstitutionmuseum.org, or by telephone at 617-426-1812, ext. 118.
Some ready reference questions may be answered through the Frequently Asked Questions section.
Patrons may request research assistance for all other questions. Please read the following guidelines before requesting assistance.
All researchers visiting the Samuel Eliot Morison Memorial Library are expected to adhere to all guidelines and/or restrictions imposed by the Museum.
For information on obtaining images, text, and multimedia from the Museum's collections for commercial use, publication, public display, or licensing agreements, please visit the Rights and Reproductions and the Fees for Service pages and submit a written request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Permission requests must include a description of the item to be reproduced, along with the following information: