About Oral History   |   Veteran's History Project

About Oral History

An important part of the work of The Women's Memorial Foundation is collecting and archiving the stories of women who have served our nation. Every story helps focus the picture of American women's extraordinary participation in national defense and the evolution of women's place in American society. And what we don't record, we lose.

Our collection currently includes about 200 oral histories—narratives that tell about the daily lives of servicewomen, their work and their feelings about their experiences in the armed forces.

You can help us build our collection.

  Reserve Officer Candidate(W) School Great Lakes, Illinois, 1950.  

If you are a veteran or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, contact Mary Jo Binker, Director, Oral History Program, to arrange an oral history interview.

Or contact us for information and materials to help you conduct an oral history interview yourself with women you know who are serving or have served in the U.S. military--including women who were volunteers overseas with our troops in organizations such as the American Red Cross, the USO (United Service Organizations) and the U.S. Public Health Service.