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Dear Mr. Schwarz,
The Deck Logs of the USS Ariel (AK-22) between May 1942 and June 30, 1945 are within the holdings of the National Archives at College Park, MD. You may order reproductions of these Deck Logs by emailing email@example.com. If you choose to order reproductions, in your email please include your mailing/shipping/billing address. Additionally, in your email you will need to include the name of the ship and the specific dates for which you are seeking reproductions. National Archives Reference Staff will respond with a reproduction quote based on the details of your request. Our current fee for reproductions is $.80 per page with one month of logs from this time period averaging 75 pages. Once you have received a reproduction quote, you are under no obligation to complete the order.
Alternatively, if you are researching a specific incident, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information and the Reference Staff will be happy to conduct a records review on your behalf. For this option, please include:
--The name of the ship involved in the incident
--A description of the incident and the name of any individuals involved
--The date or the date range in which the incident occurred not to exceed 3 months
--Any additional information relevant to the incident or claim that will assist in the review
We also have possession of war diaries for the USS Ariel from June 1942 through September 1945. War diaries are daily journals of events submitted by all but the most minor of naval commands during WWII. The structure and style of information presented in the war diaries is analogous to that found in the deck logs of Navy ships.
Additionally, you or your representative may review these records in the research reading room at the National Archives in College Park, MD. The Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RDT2) is located at 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, near the University of Maryland--College Park campus.
--Textual Research Room (Room 2000) hours are 8:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, except legal holidays.
--Our reference consultation room hours are 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except legal holidays. No appointment is necessary.
--Records are retrieved Monday through Friday for use in the Textual Research Room at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. We do not pull in advance and we cannot guarantee records will be available during your visit. Records are retrieved on a first come first serve basis. Records are generally available about an hour after the pull-time.
--Prior to your visit, please consult our web site at http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/,http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/self-service-copying.html, andhttp://www.archives.gov/research/start/getting-started.pdf.
--Personally owned scanners that do not have feeder systems and cameras (including cell phone cameras) are permitted in our research reading room. There is no cost for scans or photographs made on personally owned equipment.
We hope you find this information useful in conducting your research.
RDT2 Reference, National Archives