Useful Links

Excellent primary and secondary source websites exist on the history of women in military service for America. These sites are published by official organizations and institutions, veterans groups, and individuals concerned with collecting and disseminating information about specific time periods, organizations and individuals.

In addition, state and local historical societies and archives and colleges and university libraries offer rich sources of the historical record.

The list below offers a few starting points and the titles link to each website.


Department of Defense

DefenseLINK is the official site of the US Department of Defense and includes DoD press Releases, news articles, and photos including the most recent information and photos about military—all services.

Defense Visual Information Center (DVIC) is the official records center for the storage and preservation of visual information (VI) records of the U.S. military. Holdings include motion picture film, videotape, still photography, and CD-ROM stock photo collections for use by Department of Defense (DoD) customers in support of mission requirements. Most of imagery is made available to the public on a cost-recovery fee basis.

Defense Web Special Reports Online DoD articles covering topics such as Women’s History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, National American Indian Heritage Month, African American History Month, etc.


Army/Army Nurse Corps

US Army Center of Military History includes historical essays, documents and photographs of US Army women's history with special focus on US Army nurses.

Office of Medical History, Office of the Surgeon General includes Army Nurse Corps history.

US Army Military History Institute (USAMHI) holds over nine million items that document the history of the U.S. Army and military history. Collection includes: books, rare books, periodicals,photographs, manuscripts (diaries, letters, memoirs), military publications and manuals, maps, and oral histories.

US Army Women's Museum.  The mission of the Army Women's Museum is to collect, preserve, research, exhibit and interpret historically significant properties related to service of women across all branches and organizations of the United States Army from inception to present day.



Navy/Navy Nurse Corps

Naval Historical Center web site incorporates historical documents and resources about women in the US Navy.

Department of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery web site includes a historical section incorporating the history of hospital ships and the essay, “The Navy Nurse Corps” offering an overview of the history of Navy nursing.



Air Force/Air Force Nurse Corps/WASP

Air Force Link: the History and Heritage of the United States Air Force includes comprehensive links to a variety of sites that include the history of women in the US Air Force.

USAF Museum, Wright-Patterson AFT, Dayton, Ohio is the nation's largest museum of the history of the Air Force—including women.

WASP on the Web. During World War II, a select group of young women pilots became pioneers, heroes, and role models...They were the Women Airforce Service Pilots, WASP, the first women in history trained to fly American military aircraft. WASP on the WEB, is dedicated to sharing the history of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, and shining a light on the inspirational stories of their lives before, during and after WWII.

Women in Aviation and Space History offers biographical sketches of pioneering women in aviation and space through the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Aeronautics Division.


Coast Guard

US Coast Guard Historian's Office includes an essay on women in the Coast Guard, photographs and a timeline.

US Coast Guard Visual Imagery includes images from the 1980s to the present.


Marine Corps

United States Marine Corps History and Museums Division. This site provides a variety of information about the division and most importantly on the histories and traditions of the United States Marine Corps.

National Museum of the US Marine Corps and Heritage Center—women are hard to find, but they're there.



Other Resources

The American Red Cross Museum is a comprehensive compendium of the history of women who served with the US Armed Forces throughout our history.

Vietnam Womens Memorial Project includes a history of the Memorial and of women who served.

Korean War Commemoration web site is the official, public access web site for the Department of Defense commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War and includes history of women who served and links to other helpful resources.

Exhibit of the Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP). Established at University of North Carolina, Greensboro, (UNCG) in 1998, the two main goals of the WVHP are to document and recognize the contributions of women in the military, particularly those who served during WWII, but also those women who served in earlier and later times; and, to educate the general public on the contributions of these women.