Preserving WWI veterans’ stories


WASHINGTON – The Library of Congress and its American Folklife Center need help identifying World War I veterans willing to be interviewed about their wartime memories and experiences.

Individuals, relatives, veterans, civic groups and organizations that know of a World War I veteran are invited to contact the Veterans History Project, where staff will provide guidance and pursue every possible channel to ensure that an audio or video interview be made and preserved at the library as part of the permanent record of our nation’s history.

“The service and sacrifice of our war veterans is the bulwark of our freedoms,” said James H. Billington, librarian of Congress. “The record of their service must be preserved for future generations.”

The American Folklife Center is asking those who have information to call the toll free message line at 888-371-5848 to leave their names and telephone numbers or contact the Veterans History Project by email at

The Veterans History Project is a project of the Library of Congress through its American Folklife Center to collect and preserve oral histories and documentary materials from veterans of World War I, World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf wars.


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