Navigate the Collections - Battleship North Carolina


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. Click on the graphic above to link to the database.

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 online portal to the Collections database: Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Online


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 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. The collecting scope for objects and records is:

  • The item is related to the construction or service of NORTH CAROLINA (BB-55) (1936-1947) or her retention in the Reserve Fleet in Bayonne, New Jersey (1947-1961) or the men who served on her (1941-1947).
  • The item is related to the construction, service or men of five additional ships named NORTH CAROLINA: Ship of the Line, Confederate Ironclad, Armored Cruiser (ACR-12), BB52 and Submarine SSN-777.
  • The item is related to the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA as the state’s World War II memorial in Wilmington (1961- Present).
  • The item is representative of objects or documents common to the eras of ships named NORTH CAROLINA and not represented in the collection. A clear reason for the acquisition should be stipulated.

Unless the item clearly enhances visitor understanding or fills a specific need in the Collection, contemporary objects such as models and artwork will not be collected.

If you have something you would like to donate, please contact Curator Mary Ames Booker at  We make no commitment concerning the display of donated item(s) or their perpetual retention.