Navy Information and Resources

Obtaining Navy Photos and Images
Notice:  U.S. Navy photographs and digital images are in the public domain and therefore are not copyrighted. However, if used, credit should be "U.S. Navy photo by [photographer's name]".

How to obtain Navy photos from the period prior to 1982


National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Still Picture Branch
8601 Adelphi Rd.
College Park, MD 20740
phone: 301-713-6660
World Wide Web at:

The National Archives uses a system of private contractors who reproduce photos for the researching public. The amount of time and the cost are variable (time is usually a month). Payment is made to the contractor that the researcher selects. More information is available from the NARA web site.

How to obtain Navy images and photos of the period from 1982 to present

The public, and government and military personnel who are not in public affairs, may obtain photographs from:

Department of Defense Visual Information Agency
Customer Service
1363 Z Street, Building 2730
March Air Force Base, CA 92158-2017
phone: 909-413-2522 or 1522; (DSN prefix is 348)

Please contact this organization for the latest prices and fees.

Other sources of naval photography are

Naval Historical Foundation
Photo Service
Washington Navy Yard
901 M Street SE
Washington, D.C. 20374-5060

This is a private, non-profit organization, offering non-government photographic reproduction services for Naval Historical Center photographs. For the latest in ordering procedures, image availability, and price, please contact them at 202-433-2765.

Naval Institute Proceedings Publishing
U.S. Naval Academy
118 Maryland Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21402
World Wide Web Site:

This is a also a private, non-profit organization. For the latest in ordering procedures, image availability, and price, please contact them at 410-268-6110. Also, more information is available from the USNI web site.