The ANRS is an informal organization. It operates thanks exclusively to contributions of time and effort by many people and server space kindly made available by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Its progress is guided by a self-selecting advisory group:

Patrick W. Clancey has been a computer programmer and web developer for his whole career. He was the Webmaster on the first U.S. website ( in April 1991–September 1995, the creator of the HyperWar site ( September 1995–present, and the Enterprise Webmaster for Sun Microsystems April 1996–December 2005.

Michael J. Crawford is a historian and documentary editor who specializes in the U.S. Navy in the age of sail. He has been associated with the U.S. Navy’s Naval Documents of the American Revolution and The Naval War of 1812: A Documentary History projects since 1982. He is a vice president of the North American Society for Oceanic History.

William S. Dudley is a naval historian with a B.A. from Williams College and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is Past President of the Society for History in the Federal Government and the North American Society for Oceanic History. He served as Director of Naval History and Director of the Naval Historical Center in Washington, D.C. from 1995 to 2004. He has published a number of works including Going South: U.S. Navy officer resignations and dismissals on the eve of the Civil War, and edited the documentary edition, The Naval War of 1812.

John B. Hattendorf (A.B., Kenyon, 1964; A.M., Brown, 1971; D. Phil., Oxford, 1979) is a naval historian. He is past President of the North American Society for Oceanic History and has been the E. J. King Professor of Maritime History at the U.S. Naval War College since 1984. He is the author, editor, co-author, or co-editor of more than 40 works, including the Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History (OUP, 2007).

Wayne E. Lee is an Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina. He is the Chair of the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense, which serves as the institutional home for the ANRS. He specializes in early modern military history, particularly of the English-speaking and Native American worlds.

David W. McComb is the Executive Director of the ANRS. He is a former management consultant and a lifelong student of naval history. As President of the Destroyer History Foundation (, he has collaborated extensively with World War II shipmates in making original source documents accessible and preserving their perspectives and collections.

Susan H. Perdue is director of Documents Compass at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She oversees the development of People of the Founding Era: A Prospographical Approach, a Mellon Foundation funded digital project. She consults with a variety of digital projects.

Holly C. Shulman is the founding director of Documents Compass at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Currently the editor of the Dolley Madison Digital Edition, she has also worked in 20th century military history. Her books include The Selected Letters of Dolley Payne Madison, The Encyclopedia of Eleanor Roosevelt, and The Voice of America: Propaganda and Democracy, 1941–1945.