The Board of Naval Commissioners was a United States Navy administrative body in existence from 1815 to 1842. The establishment of the Board of Navy Commissioners by act of Congress on February 7, 1815 (3 Stat. 202), was the outgrowth of efforts to relieve the Secretary of the Navy of some of his responsibilities connected with the civil functions of the Navy so that he could devote more time to overall administration. The procurement of naval stores and materials; construction, armament, equipment, repair, and preservation of naval vessels; establishment of regulations to secure uniformity in the classes of naval vessels; preparation of estimates of expenditures for different parts of the naval service; and supervision of Navy yards, naval stations, and Navy agents became the responsibilities of the board. The Secretary retained control over personnel and appointments, movement of ships, and other administrative matters not delegated to the board.
Collection of letters received by the Commanding Officer of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, sent by the U.S. Navy Department, Board of Navy Commissioners, including 59 signed by John Rodgers, 58 by Isaac Chauncey, 61 by Lewis Warrington, and 1 by A.P. Upshur. The letters concern the refitting, outfitting and building of ships at the yard, and while many refer to enclosures no longer with the letter, some include specifications and prices for timber, masts, sails, ordnance, etc. Ships mentioned in the letters include Warren, Pennsylvania, Raritan, and Enterprise.
- Philadelphia Naval Shipyard (Philadelphia, Pa.)
- Bainbridge, William, 1774-1833 — Correspondence
- Barron, James, 1769-1851. — Correspondence
- Read, George C. (George Campbell), 1787-1862. — Correspondence
- Stewart, Charles, 1778-1869. — Correspondence
- United States. Navy — Records and correspondence
- Philadelphia Naval Shipyard