The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on the morning of December 7, 1941. The next day the United States declared war on Japan resulting in their entry into World War II. The attack was a major engagement of World War II and came as a profound shock to the American people, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed December 7 “a date which will live in infamy”.
Our Government Information collection contains numerous documents regarding this major event in our history, including the entire series of hearings regarding the Pearl Harbor Attack. These hearings and other document on this topic can be found in the Collection Highlight area in the Government Information Alcove. A bulletin board in the alcove where Julius Caesar’s bust resides also highlights this incident and includes a brief history. Please take a moment to view our displays and honor those who served.