At the time, Mr.Trimble was making up a cross-reference file of Naval Historical Center photos at NARA so researchers could access USN photos. I don'tknow if he ever finished the project, but it would have been very useful.
: Tracy is spot on. I recall doing research in
: the 1980s at the Photo Section in the
: National Archives in DC. I could go directly
: into the stacks to look for things which was
: very helpful. This was important because
: the 19N files were organized by hull nnumber
: and the other records (25N, if I remember
: correctly) were loosely arranged by date.
: You could search a given box and find photos
: of an obscure island installation and
: marvelous photos of YORKTOWN from Midway.
: One photo that I found was YORKTOWN entering
: Pearl Harbor in late May 1942 for repairs.
: The photo was labeled USS ENTERPRISE, but
: the photo showed a "5" clearly on
: the stern quarter. I was absolutely giddy
: when I showed the error to Jay Trimble, the
: staff archivist.
: This is one reason why ship research is fun.
: It is sad that the actions of thieves and
: budget cuts have made such research more
: difficult. I applaud and appreciate the work
: by Tracy and other serious historians to
: reveal more of history that benefit modelers
: everywhere. Bravo zulu!
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: I has happy to hear that a certain
: individual was finally sentenced, even
: though I think the sentence was too light. I
: certainly hope that NARA spreads the news
: around to try and dissuade people from
: thinking about or trying to steal documents
: and artifacts.
: Every time the Research Mob shows up at
: archives some procedure has been changed or
: ability restricted due to abuse or theft of
: records. It used to be (well before I was
: researching) that researchers could go into
: the stacks directly and look through
: records, now we have to submit requests and
: wait for them to bring them to us, and there
: are at least two security checkpoints we
: have to go through upon entering and
: Because of the individual above, archives
: will no longer put boxes on the top shelf of
: the carts (he had used the top shelf to have
: a privacy screen to enable him to put dog
: tags, etc., in his shoes without staff
: seeing). That means that instead of 21 boxes
: of ship photos or documents, I can only get
: 14. On days when they run out of carts due
: to the number of researchers, that can mean
: not having another cart of materials for
: quite some time. And, since they are putting
: less on carts, they're more likely to run
: out of carts now.
: So, this jack knob hurt us all and our
: ability to learn more about history in
: researching new topics. For someone who
: maybe has one trip to archives in their
: life, that can be a real hurt.
: I hope he's never allowed around serious
: artifacts and documents again.