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UNITED STATES. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. HISTORIC AMERICAN ENGINEERING RECORDS. NAVAL OPERATING BASE, KODIAK, ALASKA. Report and Plan; 1940, 1984. 1 cu. ft.

Construction of a Navy seaplane and submarine base in Kodiak, Alaska began in September, 1938. The Kodiak Naval Operating Base included a naval air station with facilities for both land and seaplanes, a submarine base, net depot, ammunition and fuel storage, docks and piers, and provisioning facilities. The Fort Greely Army post was established on Kodiak in September, 1941. Coast artillery battaries and antiaircraft positions were constructed in 1941, and the permanent batteries were designated as Forts Abercrombie, J. H. Smith, and Tidball. Kodiak served as the joint Army and Navy command post for Alaska operations from 1942 until March, 1943 when Army operations moved to Adak. It also served as a base for the Eleventh Air Force's medium and heavy bombers. Fort Greely was placed in caretaker status in December, 1944, and the naval submarine base was decommissioned in May, 1945, but the naval air station continued to be active throughout the war. Afterwards it was turned to civilian use, eventually becoming a Coast Guard support center. Fort Abercrombie was later designated as a state historical park. In 1984, the Kodiak Naval Operating Base and Forts Greely and Abercrombie were nominated for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The Kodiak Naval Operating Base was made an historic landmark and included in the Historic American Buildings Survey in 1988.

The collection consists of a copy of the report nominating the Kodiak Naval Operating Base and Forts Greely and Abercrombie for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places and 45 architectural plans of the Engine Overhaul and Aircraft Maintenance Shop of the Kodiak Naval Operating Base.

The collection was presented to the Archives and Special Collections Department by the National Park Service in 1988.

HMC-0287

Inventory:

SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Series I. Report for the National Register of Historic Places; 1984. 0.1 cu.ft.
Copy of a report covering the history of the Naval Operating Base at Kodiak, Alaska and the related sites of Fort Greely and Fort Abercrombie and their significance as historic sites needing preservation. In addition, the report includes a description of the present conditions of the three sites, a bibliography of works relating to them, a geographical description of the boundaries of the three sites, maps of the sites, and photographs.

Series II. Plans; 1940. 0.5 cu.ft. (oversize). Arranged by drawing number.
Set of 45 oversize architectural plans of the Engine Overhaul and Aircraft Maintenance Shop at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Kodiak, Alaska. The plans were drawn by Albert Kahn, Inc. of Detroit, Michigan for the Navy Department, Bureau of Yards and Docks in 1940 (see list).

 


ITEM LIST

Series I. Report for the National Register of Historic Places; 1984.
1. NRHP Inventory-Nomination Report; 1984.

Series II. Architectural Plans of the Engine Overhaul and Aircraft Maintenance Shop, U.S. Naval Air Station, Kodiak, Alaska.
1. Foundation and First Floor Plan. Drawing No. 135040, 1 of 28. Scale: as shown; March 30, 1940.
2. Roof Plan and Office Layout. Drawing No. 135041, 2 of 28. Scale: ¼" = 1'; March 30, 1940.
3. North East and South West Elevations. Drawing No. 135042, 3 of 28. Scale: 1/8" = 1'; March 30, 1940.
4. North West and South East Elevations. Drawing No. 135043, 4 of 28. Scale: 1/8" = 1'; March 30, 1940.
5. Sections and Partitions. Drawing No. 135044, 5 of 28. Scale: 1/8" = 1', March 30, 1940.
6. Parachute Well and Partitions. Drawing No. 135045, 6 of 28. Scale: as shown; March 30, 1940.
7. 1.5 Inch Scale Details. Drawing No. 135046, 7 of 28. Scale: 1½" = 1'; March 30, 1940.
8. 1.5 Inch Scale Details. Drawing No. 135047, 8 of 28. Scale: 1½" = 1'; March 30, 1940.
9. Hangar Door. Drawing No. 135048, 9 of 28. Scale: ¼" = 1' and 1½" = 1'; March 30, 1940.
10. Door Details. Drawing No. 135049, 10 of 28. Scale: ¼" = 1' and 1½" = 1'; March 30, 1940.
11. Door Details. Drawing No. 135050, 11 of 28. Scale varies; March 30, 1940.
12. Elevator and First Floor Toilet. Drawing No. 135051, 12 of 28. Scale: as noted; March 30, 1940.
13. Sump and Pit Details. Drawing No. 135052, 13 of 28. Scale: as noted; March 30, 1940.
14. Alternate Details of Hangar Door. Drawing No. 135053, 14 of 28 Scale: as noted; March 30, 1940.
15. Piling Plan-Details. Drawing No. 135054, 15 of 28. Scale: as noted; March 30, 1940.
16. Column Schedule. Drawing No. 135055, 16 of 28. Scale: as noted; March 30, 1940.
17. Roof and Bottom Chord Framing Plans. Drawing No. 135056, 17 of 28. Scale: as noted; March 30, 1940.
18. Cross Section-Trusses. Drawing No. 135057, 18 of 28. Scale: 3/16" = 1'; March 30, 1940.
19. Sway Frames-Details. Drawing No. 135058, 19 of 28. Scale: ¼" = 1'; March 30, 1940.
20. Elevations and Ceiling Framing. Drawing No. 135059, 20 of 28. Scale: 1/20" = 1'; March 30, 1940.
21. Foundations, First and Mezzanine Floor Plan-Details. Drawing No. 135060, 21 of 28. Scale: as noted; April 22, 1940.
22. Sprinkler Plans-Sections and Details. Drawing No. 135061, 22 of 28. Scale: as noted; April 22, 1940.
23. Air Conditioning Instrument Shop. Drawing No. 135062, 23 of 28. Scale: as noted; April 22, 1940.
24. First Floor Lighting and Power Plans. Drawing No. 135063, 24 of 28. Scale: as shown; May 17, 1940.
25. Section, Details, and Schedules. Drawing No. 135064, 25 of 28. Scale: as shown; April 22, 1940.
26. Transformer Bank and Details. Drawing No. 135065, 28 of 28. Scale: as shown; April 22, 1940.
27. Ventilation, Paint and Dope Shop. Drawing No. 136055, 24 of 28. Scale: as noted; April 22, 1940.
28. Pipe Trench for Hangar Doors. Drawing No. 136089, 1 of 1. Scale: as noted; April 30, 1940.
29. Foundation and First Floor Plan. Drawing No. 136897. Scale: as noted; August 7, 1940 (see also No. 1).
30. North West and South East Elevations. Drawing No. 136898. Scale: as noted; August 7, 1940 (see also No. 4).
31. Roof Plan, Oxygen Cylinder Building. Drawing No. 136899. Scale: as noted; August 7, 1940.
32. Framing Layout - Two Bay Extension. Drawing No. 136900. Scale: as shown; August 7, 1940.
33. Foundation and First Floor Plan. Drawing No. 136901. Scale: as shown; September 20, 1940 (see also No. 1 and No. 29).
34. Sprinkler Plans. Drawing No. 136902. Scale: as noted; September 20, 1940.
35. Fan Platforms and Pit Gating. Drawing No. 136903. Scale: as noted; September 5, 1940.
36. Tank Details. Drawing No. 136904. Scale: varies; September 5, 1940.
37. Tank Details. Drawing No. 136905. Scale: varies; September 5, 1940.
38. Tank Details. Drawing No. 136906. Scale: 1" = 1' and as noted; September 5, 1940.
39. Tank Details. Drawing No. 136907. Scale: as noted; September 5, 1940.
40. Tank Details. Drawing No. 136908. Scale: 1" & 3" = 1'; September 5, 1940.
41. Tank Details. Drawing No. 136909. Scale: as noted; September 5, 1940.
42. Piping Layout for Cleaning and Plating. Drawing No. 136910. Scale: ¼" = 1'.
43. Ventilation Details for Plating Tanks. Drawing No. 136911. Scale: as noted; September 5, 1940.
44. Ventilation Details for Plating Tanks. Drawing No. 136912. Scale: as noted; September 5, 1940.
45.Plating Room and Details. Drawing No. 136913. Scale: as noted; September 5, 1940.