Washington Navy Yard in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Navy Department Library
The Navy Department Library was established by President Adams on 31 March 1800. On that date he wrote to the first Secretary of the Navy, Benjamin Stoddart, requesting the gathering
“… of all the best writing in Dutch, Spanish, French, and especially in English upon the theory and practice of naval architecture, navigation, gunnery, hydraulics, hydrostatics, and all branches of mathematics subservient to the profession of the sea. The lives of all the admirals: English, French, Dutch, or any other nation, who have distinguished themselves by the boldness and success of their navigation, or their gallantry and skill in naval combats.”
In accordance with the President’s request, some 200 volumes were assembled in the next few years. From this modest beginning, through the vision of a long succession of dedicated librarians and generous benefactors, the library has developed one of the world’s richest and most comprehensive collections of naval and maritime literature.
Erected 1982 by U.S. Navy.
Location. 38° 52.469′ N, 76° 59.692′ W. Marker is in Washington Navy Yard, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Dahlgren Avenue, SE, south Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington Navy Yard DC 20374, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Naval Historical Foundation (a few steps from this marker); Dudley Knox Center for Naval History (within shouting distance of this marker); The Center for Naval History - The Navy Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Leutze Park - Marine Corps Historical Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Optical Tower - Second Officers House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Leutze Park Gun Collection (about 400 feet away); Marine Railway - Experimental Model Basin (about 400 feet away); U.S. Experimental Model Basin (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington Navy Yard.
Additional keywords. Naval Science; Navy Historical Center; Building 44
Categories. • Education • Military • Waterways & Vessels •
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