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Our Collection is a singular repository that brings to life the firsthand experiences of America’s servicewomen with photographs, correspondence, military documents, newsletters, scrapbooks and diaries, uniforms, quilts, flags, objects such as medals, insignia, souvenirs, sports equipment, and audiovisual materials including film footage from World War II to recordings of women’s military music ensembles. We also house the institutional history of the Military Women’s Memorial—the first major national memorial to honor all servicewomen, past and present.
The Military Women’s Memorial Collection, formally established in 1994, houses some 8,000 donations from thousands of servicewomen, veterans, and their families and friends representing all eras and services as well as uniformed civilian women working with organizations supporting the military such as the American Red Cross, USO, YMCA and Salvation Army.
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The Military Women’s Memorial welcomes inquiries about possible donations of items relating to military women’s service in and with the U.S. Armed Forces. We consider items such as books, manuscripts, oral histories, audiovisual recordings, uniforms and other textiles, firsthand accounts documented in correspondence, scrapbooks, diaries, photographs, and objects such as memorabilia, awards/medals, or other items relating to an individual’s time in service. All inquiries are evaluated in accordance with our Collections Management Policy, with respect to the Military Women’s Memorial mission, resources, facilities, and ongoing initiatives.
Read more about how the Military Women’s Memorial uses the Collection to tell the stories of women’s service to the nation here.
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