Division of Armed Forces History Women's Military History Collection

Collection ID:
Military History, Division of, NMAH, SI.
O'Gan, Patri C.
Vining, Margaret,
circa 1850-2015
Physical Description:
30 linear feet
Division of Armed Forces, National Museum of American History
This collection contains primary material such as articles, periodicals, autobiographical and personal records, photographs, correspondence, military records and regulations, official documents, audio and video recordings, and significant literature and images created by, for, and as documentation of women’s interaction with military institutions in America from the eighteenth century to the present. Secondary materials address not only American women’s military history but also the worldwide military-related experiences of women since Antiquity. The collection documents women as military volunteers, soldiers, officers, nurses, contractors, and war workers, as well as members of military families and volunteers in war-related activities.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
The Division of Armed Forces History Women's Military History collection contains such primary materials as diaries and other personal records, correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs and other contemporary images, military records and regulations, other official documents, ephemera, interviews, and audio and video recordings. This material documents women’s experiences in relation to America’s armed forces from the eighteenth century to the present. Supporting the archives are the museum’s collections of material objects related to women’s military history, including a unique collection of women’s military and military-style uniforms, supplemented by links to related collections in other Smithsonian museums. The archive also houses books, articles, and other secondary materials that not only supplement the primary materials on the American woman’s military experience but also extends coverage to women’s military history worldwide since Antiquity. Primary and secondary sources document women’s participation in such roles as military volunteers, soldiers and officers, nurses, contractors, camp followers, war workers, members of military families, and civilian volunteers in war-related activities. The Women’s Military History Archive is particularly strong in both primary and secondary materials related to women in the two world wars of the twentieth century. Also included in the online Archive are links to other collections and archives with relevant material. The collection continues to add new items.

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Repository Contact
Division of Armed Forces, National Museum of American History
Washington, D.C.
Phone: 202-633-3950