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Archives Branch, Marine Corps History Division  

The Archives Branch of the Marine Corps History Division is the official repository for U.S. Marine Corps film, slides, and videos. We also collect personal papers of Marines of all ranks, oral histories, memoirs, rare books & maps.
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Our Mission

COLLECTION OVERVIEW

The mission of the Archives and Special Collections Branch of the Library of the Marine Corps is to acquire, preserve, and make available documentation pertinent to the history of the United States Marine Corps supporting the Professional Military Education (PME) requirements of Marine Corps; the Marine Corps worldwide; as well as government and civilian research. The Archives collects materials in four primary areas:

  1. Personal Papers
  2. Command Chronologies
  3. Marine Corps University Materials
  4. Select Official and Unofficial Marine Corps Unit Materials


1. Personal Papers

Personal papers are comprised of, but not limited to, correspondence, memoirs, diaries, scrapbooks, albums, maps, plans, and photographs pertaining to the history of the Marine Corps generated and/or collected by individuals. These collections may contain print and electronic media and primarily enter the collection via donation offers.


Conditions for Donation Offers
Once an item is accepted by the Archives and Special Collections Branch it becomes property of the United States Marine Corps. The donor transfers all rights, titles, and interests (including copyright, literary, property right, trademark, and other related interests) associated with these item(s) to the Archives and Special Collections Branch, Library of the Marine Corps.

Personal papers collections will only be accepted if the collection can be stored, accessed, conserved, photographed, published, exhibited, or disposed of at the Archives and Special Collections Branch’s discretion. 

The Archives and Special Collections Branch may not be able to accept all of the items offered for donation. Offers are handled on a case by case basis and evaluated by and decided on by Archives staff using the following criteria.

TYPES OF PERSONAL PAPERS MATERIALS ACCEPTED

 

Types of Materials Accepted into Personal Papers Collections by Archives and Special Collections Branch

Types of Materials NOT Accepted by Archives and Special Collections Branch

Criteria for Acquisition



2. Command Chronologies

Command chronologies are, according to Marine Corps Order 5750.1H, generated and submitted directly to the Archives and Special Collections Branch by Marine Corps units on a monthly, semi-annual, or annual basis.  They can carry security-related issues, which impact processing, storage, access, reproduction and disposal.
 

3. Marine Corps University Materials

Marine Corps University materials are comprised of, but not limited to, student papers, faculty research materials, academic regulations, briefs and syllabi. Student papers are submitted by each school following the conclusion of the academic year. The remainder of materials in this category enters the collection via and at the discretion of the director or administrator of the school.


4. Select Official and Unofficial Marine Corps Unit Materials

Marine Corps records are comprised of records and papers that (1) are not subject to the Federal Records Schedule, (2) have historical value to the Marine Corps and (3) are pertinent to the mission of the Archives. These materials include, but not limited to, studies, reports, albums and scrapbooks documenting activity of units not featured in command chronologies. Such materials enter the collection as transfers directly from Marine Corps units on an irregular basis. These can carry with them security-related issues, which impact processing, access, and reproduction.

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