Top of page

VHP’s New Research Guide: Exploring the Collections

Share this post:

Two researchers sit in the AFC Reading Room and review archival material.
Researchers examine VHP material in the AFC Reading Room, 2014. Photo by VHP Staff.

Calling all researchers! The Veterans History Project (VHP) is excited to announce a new resource that will help you find what you’re looking for within our archive—which currently includes over 111,000 individual veterans’ materials.

That’s a LOT of oral histories, letters, photos, diaries, and other primary source material, so we created this new guide to facilitate your searches of our online database and digitized collections. It’s called a LibGuide, and it’s chock full of tips and tricks to mine our holdings. The Library of Congress has over 900 LibGuides, covering everything from Abraham Lincoln in Prints and Photographs to Zines at the Library of Congress, and they are a tremendous resource for researchers of all stripes.

This VHP LibGuide, entitled Veterans History Project: Exploring the Collections, was designed to introduce prospective researchers to the types of materials we have in our archive and how to use our online search tools. It begins with an orientation of our website, paying special attention to how to locate our online database. Then, it gets into the nuts-and-bolts of how VHP collections work: how they are organized, described, and made accessible. It addresses our digitized holdings—those collections that contain some element that is viewable on our website—and how to access those that are not digitized.

Screenshot from the VHP LibGuide, with the headline "Common Questions about Digitized Collections"
Screenshot from the new LibGuide, featuring information about digitized collections.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it encourages you to get in touch with us if you’re having trouble finding what you’re looking for within our collection. The LibGuide was designed to introduce you to the research process and offer some guidance on basic search strategies—but it only scratches the surface of the possibilities of our collection. For complex or nuanced questions, your best bet is to contact our reference staff at [email protected]. We love to help patrons track down the perfect resource; speaking personally, it’s one of the most gratifying parts of my job. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if the LibGuide doesn’t address your particular concerns.

We’re hopeful that you’ll find our new LibGuide useful and interesting. In the coming months, we plan to release additional LibGuides that dive into specific facets of our collection. First up is a look at collections relating to Navajo Code Talkers from World War II, so please watch this space for related announcements!

Special thanks to all those who made this LibGuide possible, including Samantha Meier, Rachel Telford, Nathan Cross, Justina Moloney, Rachel Mears, John Fenn, Stephanie Hall, and Betsy Fulford.

Comments (2)

  1. Congratulations on this new research collections guide! An impressive new tool that will really enhance collection use.

    • Thank you so much for the kudos and kind words, Mr. Dewhurst! We’re very proud of the new LibGuide and hope it’ll be a great resource for patrons. Thanks for reading!

Add a Comment

This blog is governed by the general rules of respectful civil discourse. You are fully responsible for everything that you post. The content of all comments is released into the public domain unless clearly stated otherwise. The Library of Congress does not control the content posted. Nevertheless, the Library of Congress may monitor any user-generated content as it chooses and reserves the right to remove content for any reason whatever, without consent. Gratuitous links to sites are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments. We further reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to remove a user's privilege to post content on the Library site. Read our Comment and Posting Policy.

Required fields are indicated with an * asterisk.