The Battleship’s photograph, paper, and book archives are primarily a research source for historical and technical information about the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA (BB-55), but there are also materials on the other NORTH CAROLINA ships.

The Battleship does not keep official military records. The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration maintains all official military records. Military veterans or next-of-kin of a deceased veteran may order a copy of the records through the website


The Battleship has an extensive collection of original materials. They help us maintain our authentically restored World War II battleship and create programming that is both historically and technically accurate.

The collections include artifacts, blueprints, photographs, reports, receipts, personal papers, manuals, journals, oral history recordings, and much more. They are primary materials, which are immediate, first-hand accounts of a topic from people who had a direct connection with it. These records are our resource for restoration, maintenance, and programming. In all, more than 30,000 records have been created.

Browse our Battleship NORTH CAROLINA online portal to the Collections database.

Artifact / Archival / Photo Donations

The Battleship Commission is authorized to accept donations of personal property. The Battleship shall collect, preserve and exhibit objects and records that relate to the prime artifact, the USS NORTH CAROLINA (BB-55) and five other ships named NORTH CAROLINA and her crews.

If you have something you would like to donate, please contact our Curator, Mary Ames Booker.

We make no commitment concerning the display of donated item(s) or their perpetual retention.