Frequently Asked Questions
How did the Veterans History Project start?
The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000. The authorizing legislation (Public Law 106-380 ), sponsored by Representatives Ron Kind, Amo Houghton, and Steny Hoyer in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators Max Cleland and Chuck Hagel in the U.S. Senate, received unanimous support and was signed into law by President William Jefferson Clinton on October 27, 2000.
How can I get a copy of the Project Kit?
The Field Kit (for interviews) and the Memoir Kit are both available online at: http://www.loc.gov/vets/kitmenu.html in PDF format. You may also order a printed version by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org (please allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery).
How can I be interviewed?
While the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress does not do any actual interviewing, the Field Kit provides the tools you need to conduct an interview yourself or have a friend or family member assist you. The Veterans History Project also collects written memoirs. A special Memoir Kit is available with more information on creating a written record of your memories.
Central Connecticut State University is an archive partner with the Library of Congress and conducts and preserves veteran and civilian oral histories. Trained volunteers and history students conduct interviews in the CCSU Media Center's studio on our New Britain campus or travel to veterans' homes.
If you would like to be interviewed please contact our office at 860-832-2976 or email email@example.com to arrange an interview.
What happens to the material once it is received? How will my collection be used?
Copies of your interview, photographs, service records, maps, etc. will be collected and archived in the Special Collections at Central Connecticut State University's Elihu Burritt Library and be made accessible to the public. All information gathered will also be digitized and made available on the internet. Once all of your materials have been copied, all originals are returned to the owner.
Photographs and documents can presently be viewed at our web site, www.ccsu.edu/vhp. In the near future all records, including the taped interview, will be available in a searchable electronic database at the Elihu Burritt Library web site. Copies of your biographical data, photograph log, manuscript log and interview are also sent to the Library of Congress, where the information is archived, and you will be placed in their electronic data base.
If you prefer to donate your collection to the Library of Congress directly, please visit their web site at www.loc.gov/vets for mailing instructions. When the Library of Congress has received your materials, your collection will be added to the Veterans History Project's archives. Once it is processed and housed in a preservation environment, the veteran's service history information will be available online in our online database and the interview (or other materials) will be available to researchers who visit the Library of Congress. Prospective researchers will be able to review collections by registering for a Reader Registration Card and visiting the Folklife Center Reading Room at the Library.
For preservation quality purposes, the Library of Congress requests that you send original recordings, photographs, and other materials. Please make any copies you wish to retain for yourself before submitting your recording, photographs, or written materials to the Veterans History Project.
Some collections are also used by the Library of Congress or CCSU for special presentations and events presenting and promoting the Veterans History Project.
How can I conduct research or view Veterans History Project collections?
To view veterans' collections at Central Connecticut State University you may visit our webpage at www.ccsu.edu/vhp. The CCSU Elihu Burritt Library is open to the public.
The LOC Project staff is always glad to work with researchers and those interested in reviewing the collections. You may conduct basic searches for lists of veterans and civilians by war, branch of service, and alphabetically using the online VHP database . You may also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 707-4916 before your visit so that we may go over your research topics and help you to identify collections of interest.
Please take a moment to review the important information for prospective researchers/visitors on our research information page .
I'm not a military veteran, but I contributed to the war effort as a civilian. Do you want my story?
Yes! The Veterans History Project collects stories and materials from the homefront as well as from the battlefield. Any wartime veteran or U.S. citizen civilian who was actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) has a story in which we are interested.
How can I open PDF files and watch interviews?
Click here to download Adobe Reader (needed to view documents of veterans)
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