How do I submit materials to the Veterans History Project?

Please follow the instructions provided in the Veterans History Project Field Kit and keep in mind the following:

  • Make copies: Prior to submitting your collection, make two additional copies of the interview and other materials prior to submitting a collection. Keep one copy for yourself and give one to the veteran/family. We cannot provide a timeline for when collections will be made accessible on our website, so providing copies to participants ensures immediate access to the full collection.
  • Separate multiple collections: If sending more than one collection, please collate each veteran’s collection and place into an envelope or folder with their name on the outside. Place your item(s) in a box, enclose a cover letter (included in Field Kit) and either ship or hand-deliver the collection to us.
  • Shipping: Use a commercial carrier* (e.g. FedEx, UPS, etc.), to deliver items to:

         Veterans History Project
         Library of Congress
         101 Independence Avenue, SE
         Washington, DC 20540-4615
    *To avoid damage caused by the Library of Congress’ special security screening process, do not use the U.S. Postal Service. Do not pay extra for expedited service. Ground delivery or the least expensive delivery option is sufficient.

  • Hand-delivery: A VHP representative will be available to assist you at the above address, in Room LJ-G26 of the Thomas Jefferson Building 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (ET), Monday through Friday (closed federal holidays) if you would like to hand-deliver your collection materials. Please call 888-371-5848 prior to your arrival.

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We cannot provide service records for veterans (contact the National Archives); advice on veteran benefits (contact the Department of Veterans Affairs).

For general information on military history, contact our general reference librarians.

Additional Ways to Contact Us

Send written correspondence to:

Veterans History Project
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20540