Samuel Eliot Morison Memorial Library
The Samuel Eliot Morison Memorial Library holds a strong collection of resources related to USS Constitution. The 2,000-volume library includes general maritime titles, local and federal period history, and books about USS Constitution, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. 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 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