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Program Veterans History Project

Related Repositories

The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center collects and preserves the firsthand interviews and narratives of United States military veterans from World War I through the present. In addition to audio- and video-recorded oral history interviews, VHP accepts memoirs and collections of original photographs, letters, diaries, and other historical documents from veterans who served in the US armed services from 1914 through the present. VHP also collects oral histories with Gold Star Family members, defined as a parent, spouse, sibling, or child of members of the Armed Forces who died as a result of their service during a period of war.

The following repositories also collect and preserve oral histories, memoirs, and other materials related to veterans and wartime experiences. This list is not exhaustive: there may be other institutions of interest to you. Please consider these as you decide where to donate your materials. In addition, housing your materials with others of a similar topic makes them more visible to researchers focused on that topic.

Please contact institutions before sending materials to learn more about their collecting policies and the kinds of materials they can or cannot accept—neither the Veterans History Project, the American Folklife Center, nor the Library of Congress can speak for their collecting policies.

Please note that in order to donate materials to a repository affiliated with a specific branch of service (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines), you (or your family member) must have served in that branch or have materials pertinent to that branch.

U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
Attention: Acquisitions
950 Soldiers Drive
Carlisle Barracks
Carlisle, PA 17013-5008
Phone: (717) 245-3972

Naval History and Heritage Command
Washington Navy Yard
805 Kidder Breese Street SE
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5060
Phone: (202) 433-3224

Archives Branch, Marine Corps History Division
2044 Broadway Street
Quantico, Virginia 22134
(703) 784-4685

Air Force Historical Research Agency
600 Chennault Circle
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6424
Phone: (334) 953-5697

National Museum of the Marine Corps
1775 Semper Fidelis Way
Triangle, VA 22172
(877) 653-1775

Air Mobility Command Museum
1301 Heritage Road
Dover Air Force Base
Dover, DE 19902-5938
Phone: (302) 677-5938

The Cold War Museum
P.O. Box 178
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 283-4124

Cold War International History Project
Woodrow Wilson Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004-3027
Phone: (202) 691-4000

Artifact Donation Reference List

Because the Veterans History Project cannot collect 3-dimensional artifacts, such as medals, canteens, dog tags, helmets, uniforms, etc., you are encouraged to consider contacting the following repositories if you have artifacts to donate. This list is not exhaustive: you may wish to consider historical societies or museums in your local area.

George C. Marshall Research Library/Archives
VMI Parade
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: (540) 463-7103 extension 230
Note: The Marshall Research foundation focuses on materials dating from 1900 to 1960.

Fort Bliss Museums and Study Center
Building 1735, Marshall Road
Fort Bliss, TX 79916-3802
(915) 568-568-5412

First Division Museum
1S. 151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
Phone: (630) 260-8185
Note: Focus is on U.S. Army First Division and Chicago-area soldiers.

General Douglas MacArthur Memorial
MacArthur Square
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: (757) 441-2965

Iowa Gold Star Museum
7105 Northwest 70th Avenue
Johnston, Iowa 50131-1824
Phone: (515) 252-4531

Mighty 8th Air Force Heritage Museum
175 Bourne Ave.
Pooler, GA 31322
Phone: (912) 748-8888

National D-Day Memorial Foundation
P.O. Box 77
Bedford, VA 24523
Phone: 540-586-3329

National Museum of the Pacific War
311 E Austin St
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Phone: (830) 997-8600 ext. 264

National World War I Museum and Memorial
2 Memorial Drive
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 888-8100

The National World War II Museum
945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 528-1944

Wisconsin Veterans Museum
30 West Mifflin Street, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 267-1799
Note: Limited to items from Wisconsin veterans only.

National Churchill Museum
Westminster College
501 Westminster Ave.
Fulton, MO 65251-1299
Phone: (573) 592-5369