Monday, November 10, 2008

Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project (VHP) is designed to collect and preserve remembrances of American War veterans and civilian workers who supported them. This initiative of the United States Congress was created in t he year 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The VHP project collects remembrances of veterans who served in the following six wars:

  1. World War I (1914-1920)

  2. World War II (1939-1946)

  3. Korean War (1950-1955)

  4. Vietnam War (1961-1975)
  5. Persian Gulf War (1990-1995)
  6. Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present)
Remembrances of home front civilians who actively supported the war efforts are also invited to participate in this project. Civilians include war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, defense contractors, etc.

The Veterans History Project memories are archived in the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress for use by researchers. The project collection consists of donated items such as first-hand oral histories, memoirs, photographs, letters, diaries, official separation documents (DD-214, etc.) and other historical documents from World War I through current conflicts. Project items such as interviews are conducted and submitted by volunteers who work individually or as part of a group or organization.

For more information on participating in the Veterans History project, visit the websites listed below:

  • Veterans History Project
  • Veterans History Project Questionnaire

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • Veterans History Project Brochure
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