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Navy Department Administration Survey, 1941-1945

(Manuscript Collection #637)

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Title: Navy Department Administration Survey
Creator: Navy Department Administration
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Survey (1941-1945) including correspondence, problems and recommendations, surveys, appendix with charts and lists with text, etc.
Extent: 0.22 Cubic feet, 1 item , consisting of 252 typed pages.

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Accessions Information

June 30, 1992, 1 volume; File copy of a "Summary Survey of Administration of the Navy Department" completed August 15, 1941, by Booz, Fry, Allen, and Hamilton. Gift of RAdm. Edward K. Walker, Jr., USN (Ret.), Alexandria, Virginia.

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Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Navy Department Administration Survey (#637), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of RAdm. Edward K. Walker, Jr., USN (Ret.)

Processing Information

  • Processed by S. Gibbons, September 1992

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

This volume is a survey of the Naval Department done just prior to World War II by Booz, Fry, Allen, and Hamilton at the request of the Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox. It is concerned with problems common to the Navy Department bureaus and the administrative organization of the Secretary of the Navy's office as well as its subsections.

Problems discussed concern personnel, space allocation, communications, the Navy cafeteria, files and records, office equipment, duplicating and photography, office supplies, building services, security, transportation and parking, messengers, insurance, field inspections, and legal activities; as well as problems found in the administrative organization of the Secretary of the Navy's office. Frequently mentioned are the "bottlenecks in the administration" and the importance of "sound organization, capable personnel and direct methods of operation...." The survey suggests that the Secretary's office staff coordinate their information and schedules; that financial information be centralized in the office under a single manager; and that administrative services for all parts of the Navy be coordinated through the Secretary's Office. Each of the problems discussed include recommendations for corrective action.

Another section of the survey gives a "Summary of Recommendations" for each Naval bureau: Aeronautics, Naval Intelligence, Ordnance, Ships, Supplies and Accounts, and Yards and Docks. These summaries give an overview of each of the bureaus with an itemized list of ways to correct the problems.

The survey also has a section entitled "The Next Step" which addresses the need for a group of officers who would administer an ongoing process of change and reorganization to enable the Navy administration to become more effective from within. Included also is an appendix which consists of charts and lists to accompany the text.

This survey's basic premise suggests the need for the Navy to find responsible personnel for each level thereby establishing a clearing point to check up on problems encountered and improve efficiency.

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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