The American Naval Records Society’s digitization and online republication of naval documents in the public domain gives new life to naval historical research in the United States. In reproducing The Naval War of 1812: A Documentary History, the editors continue in the tradition of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Commodore Dudley W. Knox, who collaborated in the editing and publication of the series on the Quasi War with France and the Barbary Wars in the 1930s and 1940s. The Naval Historical Center followed these volumes with Naval Documents of the American Revolution, under the editorship of William Bell Clark, William James Morgan, William S. Dudley and Michael J. Crawford.
President Roosevelt himself expressed the hope that War of 1812 documentation would eventually be published. It is presented here as follows:
Introduction to the ANRS web edition by William S. Dudley.Volume I: 1812. Complete (75mb). Also available as: