Jonathan F. Vance - War, Memory & Popular Culture - Archive

The Research Collection

The collection is a diverse assortment of archival materials, microforms, published and printed documents, and secondary sources relating to the cultural dimensions of conflict and the collective memory of war. Its holdings, which might be broadly defined as ephemera, are strongest in a number of areas:

• popular culture artifacts
• materials relating to veterans organizations
• children’s literature and educational materials relating to war history
• military training and instructional manuals
• wartime publications
• materials relating to prisoners of war

There are also a large number of personal files that vary in their content. Some contain a long range of correspondence or other material, while others contain a single image or artifact. The original materials in the collection are eclectic, and reflect the manner in which they have been gathered. The emphasis has not been on a coherent acquisitions policy, but rather on preserving materials that might otherwise have been lost.

Visits to the collection are by appointment only. Researchers who are unable to visit the archives in person may in certain circumstances be able to purchase photocopies of selected materials.

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