VeteransDay
Participating in the Veterans History Project is an excellent way to honor the military service of your relatives. A project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the Veterans History Project ”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 Veterans History Project collects:
  • Personal narratives, including audio- and video-taped interviews and written memoirs
  • Correspondence, including letters, postcards, v-mail, and personal diaries
  • Visual materials, including photographs, drawings, and scrapbooks

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.

To participate, please follow these guidelines from LC:

To avoid damage to collection materials caused by the Library of Congress’ special security screening process, please do not use the U.S. Postal Service. Commercial Carrier deliveries also endure special screening, but it does not cause damage to recordable media.Place your items in a box, enclose a cover letter and all required forms, and use one of the following submission options:

Option 1
Use a commercial carrier* (e.g., FedEx, UPS, etc.), and deliver to:
Veterans History Project
The Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540-4615

*Do not pay extra for expedited service. Use “ground” or the least expensive delivery option.

Option 2
Hand-deliver:
If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, stop by the address above, Room LM-109 of the Madison Building, weekdays between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, and a VHP representative will assist you. Please call (202) 707-4916 in advance.

Learn more about the Veterans History Project at www.loc.gov/vets. Email vohp@loc.gov and place “My VHP RSS Story” in the subject line.