Services · Veterans History Project

Coordinated by the Library of Congress (LOC), the Veterans History Project calls for Americans to play a personal role in preserving the nation’s history by collecting first-hand accounts of those who defended the United States during wartime. LOC is archiving audio- and video-recorded oral histories, along with documentary materials (photos, diaries, letters, etc.) from veterans of World War I, World War II, and the Korean, Vietnamese, and Persian Gulf Wars as well as civilians who served in support of the veterans. As an official partner in this project, Library staff recruit veterans and volunteer interviewers, coordinate recording sessions, operate camera equipment, process the video recordings and documentary materials, and send duplicate copies of recordings and documentary materials to LOC for inclusion in their archives and national database.

Visit our Digital Library to access a directory of the personal narratives recorded by local men and women who served their country as well as thousands of images of photographs, military documents, and personal correspondence. These accounts and documents offer a fascinating chronicle of military life and record the sacrifice and valor of the men and women who served our country. You can also find these oral histories in a special playlist on the Library's YouTube channel.