Reports in Regard to the Transfer of the Bureaus and Divisions of the Merchant [sic-Revenue] Marine in the Treasury Department to the Navy Department (Washington, GPO, 1883); including the Report of the Chief of Revenue-Marine Division, 27 January 1883.
Economy and Efficiency in the Government Service: Message of the President of the United States Transmitting Reports of the Commission on Economy and Efficiency: Revenue-Cutter Service, Document No. 670 (Washington, DC: USGPO, 4 April 1912). The document from President William Howard Taft regarding the Revenue Cutter Service that led directly to the creation of the U.S. Coast Guard in 1915.
"Functions, Duties, and Organization of the United States Revenue-Cutter Service," as printed in the service's Fiscal Year 1913 Annual Report, pp. 67-83. This report gives a detailed overview of the service's history up until 1913, its organizational structure, its missions or "duties", a complete breakdown of the RCS's personnel, and a detailed description of each cutter that was in commission at the time of the report.
General Order No. 1: the official order that created the Coast Guard on 28 January 1915.
United States Coast Guard 1919: An official illustrated publication that provides an overview of the Coast Guard in 1919.
"Transfer of the Coast Guard to the Navy": Congressional Hearings, 66th Congress, May, 1920 (courtesy of Google Books).
"Service Reorganization Begins 15 January : Many New Changes to Be Made Gradually, Eastern, Western and Southern Area Plans Effective With January 15th Date." With an article by the then-Commandant, Rear Admiral Harry G. Hamlet entitled: "Re-organization Demands Loyal Support." As published in the Coast Guard Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 4 (February, 1933), pp. 2-3, 10.
Study of U.S. Coast Guard by Ebasco Services, Inc., "A Summary" of the official report, dated 21 January 1948.
U.S. Coast Guard Regulations (CG-300); 21 July 1955 (includes Amendments to 7 April 1959).
Headquarters Supplement (CG-229-1) to Organization Manual, dated 9 May 1967; with changes to 15 March 1974 including DOT 1100.23 (3-15-74).
Organizational Manual (CG-229), 26 January 1968.
Organizational Manual [w/] Amendment No. 1 (CG-229-1), 9 May 1967 & 7 January 1970.
Coast Guard Organizational Manual (CG-229), 22 November 1974 with changes through 9 March 1979 & COMDTNOTE 5400 (1979).
"New Office and New Divisions Created by Re-organization" & "Major Headquarters Organization Changes," as published in Commandant's Bulletin, 41-80 (1980), p. 5.
The Coast Guard Organization Manual, Commandant Instruction M5400.7; (old CG-229), 23 March 1981 (with updates to 1982).
The Coast Guard Organizational Manual, Commandant Instruction M5400.7B, 28 August 1985, with amendments.
Coast Guard Regulations, 1985, Commandant Instruction M5000.3A, 4 March 1985.
Realignment 1987: The New Structure and How We Got There," a Commandant's Bulletin article (#13-87, 26 June 1987, pp. 34-45) on the development of new support and management functions by RADM Marshall E. Gilbert, then-Chief, Coast Guard Office of Research and Development and the officer in charge of the 1986 Field Realignment Study. The article also includes histories of the 3rd and 12th districts which were abolished under the 1987 reorganization.
The Coast Guard Organization Manual: Missions, Structures, Functions, Relationships, Commandant Instruction M5400.7, 4 August 1989; with updates COMDTNOTE 5400 dated 21 May 1990, 7 December 1990 & 20 December 1991.
Functional Statements for Streamlined Headquarters Organization, 15 March 1996; (from Chief, Streamlining Implementation Team; updated as per request of the Chief of Staff through G-CQM, 10 January 2001).
"Establishing a New Normalcy": Activities Baltimore, Before and After 11 September 2001; The Recollections of Captain Roger B. Peoples, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.) Commanding Officer, Activities Baltimore. An important oral history that explained the introduction and subsequent development of the "Sector" organization.
"Realignment: The Proposed Organization For the 21st Century"; illustrated organizational chart.
Organization and Methods of the United States Life-Saving Service, (a paper "read before the Committee on Life-Saving Systems and Devices, International Marine Conference, November 22, 1889" by Sumner I. Kimball, General Superintendent of the Service, and published on 5 January 1894 "for the information of officers and employees of the Service and others interested." Washington: GPO, 1894).
The United States Lighthouse Service: 1915. This report report gives an overview of the service's history up until 1915, its organizational structure, its missions (or "duties"), budget, a breakdown of the Lighthouse Service's personnel, and a description of the equipment and stations used by the service.
Admiral Thad Allen's 2008 speech to the DHS Fellows Program in which he discusses the formation and early history of DHS.