Veterans History Project


The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project (VHP) in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, one of the world’s most respected research and cultural institutions.  VHP’s mission is to collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of American wartime veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. 

Who can participate?

Veterans who served in the United States military during wartime, in any capacity, from World War II through the present and are no longer serving, are eligible to participate, regardless of branch or rank. Civilians who served in support of a United States war effort in a professional capacity also are welcome to participate.

Why should you participate?

As a primary source, researchers, scholars and educators rely upon VHP collections. These oral histories, photographs, manuscripts and other original materials are a rich supplement to historical texts and a valued cultural resource. Veterans’ family members treasure the memories that are permanently preserved at the Library of Congress for future generations.

How can I participate?

There are two ways to participate in the VHP.  The first is to sit down with one of our volunteers and have a conversation about your military service.  This will be a videotaped interview and must be a minimum of 30 minutes.  The other way is to submit a collection of original photographs or documents that tell your story.  We are able to use photographs or documents from a deceased veteran so that their perspectives of their military service is not lost.  

Visit VHP online at www.loc.gov/vets for more information.