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Military historians have a variety of choices when researching military archives. Military archives range in size from the largest, the National Archives and Records Administration, to the smallest state and local historical societies. The various armed forces history offices and archives as well as universities, military academies, and war colleges provide ample records for the student of military history. This entry describes many of the resources available for researching military records and other information, including online resources.

National Archives and Records Administration

The largest collection of federal military records is located in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) at Archives I and II. Established in 1934 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, NARA holds records dating back to 1775. Archives I is located in Washington, D.C., and ...

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