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Robert W. de Haas Collection

Identifier: AC 472

Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection contains declassified documents, official orders, maps and internal memoranda about the Pacific theater during World War II and the battleship’s engagement against Japanese forces. Additional material contains de Haas’s on-ship memoranda, internal command memoranda, Japanese propaganda, a scrapbook, issues of the battleship newsletter The Queen’s Daily News, United States Navy (USN) publications on battle experiences and USN periodicals.


  • 1939-1946

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Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

USN publications on battle experiences have been reviewed in accordance with E.O. 12958, as amended, and are declassified by OPNAVINST 5513.16B.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical Information

Commander Robert W. de Haas served aboard the USS New Mexico for over 6 years. Haas served as the Main Battery Control Officer in the final consolidation of Guadalcanal, the reconquest of Attu and Kiska in the Aleutians and in the Marshall, Admiralty, Marianas, Philippine and Okinawa campaigns. De Haas graduated in 1936 from the University of Washington in Seattle. He received his commission as an Ensign in the Naval Reserve in May 1936. He began active duty in September 1938 and soon rose in the ranks to become a Commander. His wartime service took him all over the world. He served for a longer period aboard the ship than any other officer since the USS New Mexico was first commissioned in 1918. The USS New Mexico was decommissioned in Boston, Massachusetts in the year 1946. Robert W. de Haas died on August 17, 2002 at age 88. His ashes are interned at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C.


2.6 Linear Feet

Separated Material

Photos have been transferred to Photo Archives, File (HP.2008.14)
Guide to the Robert W. de Haas Collection, 1939-1946
Edited Full Draft
Lou Jaureguiberry
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090