This link will provide information on who to contact for court martial records and board of review records. Lucky Bags 1894-2005 - Lucky Bags are yearbooks from the US Naval Academy.By Timeframe Many of the resources in this section are described in greater detail in other sections of this guide; however it is helpful to know a general outline where records may be found by timeframe. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1894-1922. These annual publications contain photos of the midshipmen and often a short description of their time at the academy.The older registers provide more detailed information and the Registers between the 1920s and 1970s provide Service Numbers, a key piece of information when requesting service records from this time period.The Navy Department Library holds the following US Naval Officer Registers.The contents of individual files range from extensive to sparse, sometimes only containing a single piece of paper.A listing of names in the ZB files is available in the Navy Department Library.The Navy Department Library has a collection ranging from 1831 to 1959. List of Officers of the United States Navy and of the Marine Corps, 1775-1900. It is estimated that the careers of 35,000 separate individuals are documented to some extent in these files.The contents of individual files include such items as: (1) compiled service chronologies; (2) biographical summaries; (3) service data cards (Civil War period); (4) letters of recommendation for appointment or promotion; (5) pay vouchers (Civil War period); (6) fragmentary personal and official letters; (7) official Office of Naval Records and Library, and Naval History Division correspondence providing information on specific officers.
The registers generally provide name, rank, and varied military service information.Accordingly, if one collection does not have a biography, the other collection might.Historical Manuscripts - The Navy Department Library has a historical manuscript collection consisting of original letters, documents, and manuscripts from the 18th to the 20th century.The general rule for the division of the two collections is World War II, with the Navy Department Library having the older biographies and the Operational Archives having the more recent biographies.However, there is considerable temporal overlap between the two collections.