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These are general guidelines for participating in the Veterans
History Project. Please see our Frequently
Asked Questions for additional information or contact us
firstname.lastname@example.org. For guidelines
on interviewing and making recordings, please see our Interviewing
and Recording Guidelines.
- Complete the forms included in the Project Kit. The
Biographical Data Form, Veteran's Release, and Interviewer's
Release (if applicable) are required and the
Library of Congress cannot accept your submission without
Please note that the Veteran's Release Form is required for
documentary materials and photographs, even if not accompanied
by a recorded interview. Complete the Audio/Video, Manuscript,
and Photograph Log forms as the apply to your materials. Please
be as detailed and specific as you can. Project
forms are available for download online.
- Only one interview, 25 minutes minimum length (or
longer), can be accepted for each veteran or civilian interviewee.
More information about interviewing and recording is avaialble
in our Interviewing and
Recording Guidelines. Sample interview questions for veterans
and civilians and war
background information are available on this website. Documentary
materials are also welcome, as outlined in these guidelines.
- For preservation purposes, please send the entire original
recording to the Veterans History Project. Please make
any copies you wish to retain for yourself before submitting
your recording to the Veterans History Project.
- Fill out the Audio/Video Log Form, including the topic
index portion, for the interview. This saves wear-and-tear
on the original recording and assists researchers and staff
in quickly discerning the content of the interview. Information
on transcribing and indexing recordings
is available on this website.
- Photographs (or high quality reproductions) of
the veteran or civilian may be submitted. For example, these
may include images of the veteran or civilian during wartime
and/or at the time of the interview. Please complete the
Photograph Log if submitting photos.
- Memoirs, wartime letters, diaries, and other original documentary
sources may be submitted. Be sure to complete the Manuscript
Data Log form if submitting these materials.
In addition, the Geography
and Map Division of the Library
of Congress would like to know about maps and charts, especially
wartime field maps, held in private hands. Similarly, the
Library's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded
Sound Division is interested in preserving wartime "home"
movies. Staff from both of these divisions welcome the opportunity
to discuss the appropriateness of such materials for addition
to the national library. For maps, please contact James Flatness,
Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, Washington,
DC 20540-4650 (telephone 202-707-8533),
and for home movies, please contact Patrick Loughney, Motion
Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Washington,
DC 20540-4691(telephone 202-707-5840).
- Please use a commercial courier service such as Federal
Express or UPS to send in your materials, or deliver them in
person if you live nearby. As part of new security procedures,
our U.S. Postal Service mail is subject to screening procedures
which may damage your submissions. Deliveries from commercial
services will be screened before they are accepted by the Library,
but those screening procedures have not resulted in any damage
to the contents of the packages.