Veterans History Project Interview

Veterans History Project Logo Are you a veteran? Do you know any veterans? You can put your skills as a Reel Histories™ video biographer to use honoring the contributions of U.S. military veterans. Your work could be entered into the holdings of the Library of Congress.

Interview veterans about their military service and submit it to the collection. The production requirements for this project are very simple. They aren’t looking for fancy edited videos, but simple 30-90 minute interviews with the option of close-ups on objects and photographs added at the end of the interview (view a sample video here.)  Detailed instructions are available on the project’s website.

This makes a great project for students that brings American history alive and makes them a part of it. It is also an ideal project for civic groups and clubs.

What What The Veterans History Project Collects

The focus of the Veterans History Project is first-hand accounts of U.S. veterans and civilians who supported them in these wars:

  • World War I (1914-1920)
  • World War II (1939-1946)
  • Korean War (1950-1955)
  • Vietnam War (1961-1975)
  • Persian Gulf War (1990-1995)
  • Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present)
  • Civilian supporters: war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.

Recording Formats: What The Veterans History Project Wants


  • digital video
  • Hi-8/8mm
  • VHS video
  • DVD


  • audio cassette
  • CD
  • do not use microcassettes
Please use the highest-quality equipment you can!

Documents & Photos: What The Veterans History Project Wants

We also want:

  • narratives/memoirs
  • letters
  • diaries/journals
  • military papers
  • maps
  • photos (black & white or color)
What about electronic documents?

  • Please submit both electronic and paper copies of documents
  • Use .txt, .rtf, .gif, .jpg formats when possible
Send originals if you are able or high-quality, legible copies.

What The Veterans History Project Cannot Accept

Please Do Not Send:

  • medals
  • canteens
  • uniforms/helmets
  • dog tags
  • weapons or military equipment
  • flags
Who accepts these items?