National Museum of the Pacific War Launches New Online Archives for Public Use

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The National Museum of the Pacific War, known for being the only museum in the country entirely dedicated to telling the story of WWII in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, has launched its digital archives to the public

With material online, research may be conducted without having to go to the expense of traveling to Fredericksburg

The National Museum of the Pacific War, known for being the only museum in the country entirely dedicated to telling the story of WWII in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater has launched its digital archives to the public.

There are four collections currently up on the Digital Archive: the World War II Veterans Oral History Collection with over 600 oral histories. These include a keyword searchable transcript and audio file. The second collection is the World War II Photograph Collection with over 1900 photos by Norm Hatch, Marine combat photographer.

They have created a collection named Chester W. Nimitz Personal Letters, 1893-1911. In it will be 135 personal letters written by Fleet Admiral Nimitz that cover his early childhood, his years at the US Naval Academy, and the first few years of his career while on Asia Station with the Asiatic Fleet. The letters are addressed to his father, mother and grandfather. In them, Nimitz primarily relates information about his academic progress and his standing in his class at the Academy. These items are not yet up on the site but are in the process of being digitized.

More content (photographs and oral history transcripts and audio files) will come online as it gets cataloged and digitized. The Nimitz Education and Research Center (NERC) has over 4,000 oral histories in their collection they are working on digitizing, and thousands of original photos and documents being scanned daily.

Chief Archivist Reagan Grau said, “Having archival material online will benefit researchers. A trip to FBG may not be feasible for some of them in they live in other parts of the US. With material online, research may be conducted without having to go to the expense of traveling to FBG (although we certainly encourage folks to come to town)”.

If you want to get online and explore the new archives you can visit http://digitalarchive.pacificwarmuseum.org/. Interested in visiting the Nimitz Education and Research Center at the National Museum of the Pacific War? You can call 830-997-8600 to schedule an appointment.

The National Museum of the Pacific War is a Texas Historical Commission property supported, operated, and managed by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation

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