Record Group 26 - Records of the United States Coast Guard (USCG)
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The United States Coast Guard (USCG) conducts search and rescue operations in and over the high seas and navigable waters of the United States. Selected series in this record group pertain to the employment of African Americans with the Coast Guard and the African slave trade to the United States.
People of Interest:
Michael A. Healy (September 22, 1839–August 30, 1904) was the son of an Irish immigrant planter and a mixed-race enslaved woman. Healy was accepted into the Revenue-Cutter Service, as a third lieutenant in 1865 - a commission signed by President Abraham Lincoln. During his time in the Revenue-Cutter Service, Healy earned the nickname “Hell Roaring Mike,” for his leadership in navigating the waters around Alaska and his harsh treatment towards his crew. On March 3, 1883, Healy attained the rank of captain.
Correspondence [Bureau of Lighthouses], 1911-1939
Letters from Officers of Cutters, 1833-1869
Letters Received from Collectors of Customs, 1834–1869
Letters Sent [Revenue Cutter Service], 1790–1910
Logs of Revenue Cutters and Coast Guard Vessels, 1819–1941
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Muster Rolls, 1848-1910
Record of Extraordinary Operations and Legislation, 1789-1871
Reference Files [Office of the Public Relations Officer], 1910–1941
Activities, Facilities, and Personalities, 1886-1967
National Archives Identifier: 513164; Local Identifier: 26-G
Some of the records in this series have been digitized.