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The Veterans History Project collects first-hand accounts of men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces, beginning in World War I and continuing through the current conflicts. Of our 60,000 collections of oral history interviews, letters, diaries, memoirs, photographs, and original art work, over 5,000 are fully digitized. The materials in these collections may be fully accessed from our website, Basic information on all other collections is also available at our web site. In-person visiting researchers are served in the Reading Room of the American Folklife Center

Services we provide
 Research assistance for the VHP collections.
 Information on how to participate in the Veterans History Project.
 Response within five business days.

Services we cannot provide
 Service records for veterans -- contact the National Archives.
 Advice on veteran benefits -- contact the Department of Veterans Affairs.
General information on military history -- contact a reference librarian in the Library's Main Reading Room or see our list of resources below.

Visit the
Veterans History Project Web page
We suggest that you
 Consult your local library first
 Read our reference correspondence policy
Getting answers

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If you have a reference question, proceed to the online form; get answers via email.

Contact us by phone or fax:
  Phone: (202) 707-4916
  Fax: (202) 252-2046

Send us written correspondence*:
  Veterans History Project
  Library of Congress
  101 Independence Ave. SE
  Washington DC 20540-4615

* please read - information on mail delays

Also, try consulting these online resources and publications:
 American Folklife Center

 Database Search of VHP Collections

 Related Military Repositories and Oral History Projects

 Background Resources for Students

 National Archives Veterans Pages

 VHP's Frequently Asked Questions

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    April 2, 2009