Military History Institute / Army Heritage Museum

In order to tell the Army’s story, one soldier at a time, we need your personal papers and other related materials. In fact, most additions to our unique research collection have been acquired through unconditional donations from private individuals, especially by veterans themselves. Here are examples of what is needed for the Military History Institute and the Army Heritage Museum in order to tell the Army’s story.


Materials of Prime Interest to the Military History Institute
_ Memoirs or diaries of military service (published, typed, handwritten, or electronic)
_ Personal correspondence with family and friends during service
_ Camp, unit, and veteran association newspapers and periodicals
_ Unit histories (published or not) and organizational documents (reports, briefings, orders, etc.)
_ Books about the Army or military history, especially land warfare
_ Army manuals, brochures, and other official documents and publications
_ Military maps and charts (preferably annotated or directly related to personal experience)
_ Photographs taken during service (prints, negatives, or slides)
_ Motion pictures, videos, or audio recordings of service experiences
_ Other printed matter or images depicting personal military experience or Army history


Materials of prime interest to the Army Heritage Museum
_ Field uniforms, accessories and other personal equipment
_ Service-related weapons (firearms, knives, or swords) and their equipment
_ Souvenirs collected by soldiers, including materials of allies and enemies
_ Items related to Army education and training
_ Original artwork related to Army service, including sketches, cartoons, or carvings
_ Veteran recognition material (ribbons, camp medals, historic original art, etc.)
_ Selected unit insignia and shoulder patches
_ Other objects that tell the story of the soldiers and Army civilians

Materials generally not accepted
No commercial videos or motion pictures
No commercial magazines & newspapers (except for personal or unit related clippings)
No commercial prints or other reproductions of original art
No personal wall-hanging trophies, plaques, or parting gifts
No official personnel or medical files requiring complete privacy protection
No Nazi political flags (unless actually captured and documented)
No Class A or Dress Service Uniforms, WWII to present (unless part of a larger collection)
No live ammunition or ordnance
Questions? More information? Please contact the Acquisitions Branch at (717) 245-3094 or visit our website:
The following repositories may accept those materials you wish to donate but are not needed by the Military History Institute and the Army Heritage Museum. Please contact these repositories first before sending them any material.

NARA – The National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
1-86-NARA-NARA (1-866-272-6272)

US Army Center of Military History
103 Third Avenue
Ft. McNair, DC 20319-5058

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
300 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-3362
Email: [email protected]

The Pennsylvania Military Museum
Post Office Box 160A
Boalsburg, PA 16827
(814) 466-6263

National D-Day Museum
945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

US Air Force Museum
1100 Spaatz St.
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
(937) 255-3286

Naval Historical Center
Washington Navy Yard
805 Kidder Breese Street SE
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5060

Marine Corps
Air-Ground Museum
Quantico, VA 22134-5001
(757) 784-5919
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