Archive of Modern American Warfare
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The Archive of Modern American Warfare

Mission

The mission of the Archive of Modern American Warfare is to encourage, promote, support and enhance the long term study and preservation of all aspects of America's diplomatic and military experiences and involvements on a global scale, beginning in 1975 and continuing to the present. Though this, the encouragement of a widespread better understanding of America's experiences will be achieved.

Vision

The Archive of Modern American Warfare will develop closely following the proven procedures of the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University. The focus of the new Archive will be the period from 1975 to the present, with a concentration on, but not be limited to, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Operations Provide Relief and Restore Hope, the Kosovo War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Additionally, it will encompass issues regarding national security, military and government intelligence, homeland defense, the development of new military technologies, diplomacy, and the personal experiences of American servicemen and women.

The Archive will focus on gathering archival materials that document principal events of modern American warfare and the service men and women's experiences during this period. While the Archive accepts traditional archival material (e.g. correspondence, artifacts, analog photographs and videos), we are particularly interested in collecting digital material such as digital photographs, digital videos, emails, text messages, and word processing documents. These materials are of vital importance to us because digital materials are more susceptible to deterioration over time than are paper records, yet both are equally valuable for the historical information they contain.

The Archive must establish a close relationship with veterans' groups and individual veterans who have served in one or more of the modern conflicts, and enlist their support. This has proven to be a vital means of collection development as Vietnam veterans have greatly assisted the growth of the Vietnam Center.