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Veterans history project

Repository: Library of Congress. American Folklife Center

Collection Description (CRHP): Approximately 1800 African American veterans have been interviewed. Some interviewees discuss segregation and integration of the military.

Collection Description (Extant): The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

The Project collects first-hand accounts of
U.S. Veterans from the following wars:

World War I (1914-1920)
World War II (1939-1946)
Korean War (1950-1955)
Vietnam War (1961-1975)
Persian Gulf War (1990-1995)
Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present)

In addition, those U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) are also invited to share their valuable stories.

Access Copy Note: The Veterans History Project has a keyword searchable database that can also be browsed by African American veterans. Many items are available online. An appointment must be made to view materials at the Library of Congress. Some oral histories have copies deposited in local libraries and partner institutions.

Collection URL:

Date(s): 2000-

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: transcripts; sound recordings; video recordings; photographs

Language: English

Rights (Extant): Veterans participating in the Veterans History Project retained their copyright interests in the materials they submitted.


African American veterans
Discrimination in the military
Korean War, 1950-1953--Participation, African American
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Participation, African American
World War, 1939-1945--Participation, African American


Sound recordings


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