Ten million of the Museum’s $370 million capital campaign goal will be dedicated to the digitization of our vast oral history, photograph, and artifact collections. The goal of this transformational project is to provide extensive public access to the Museum’s diverse collections both onsite and online. Digitization efforts preserve a significant piece of our nation’s cultural heritage for future generations and ensure that the stories of our World War II veterans are never lost.
As part of the project, the Museum launched its new and improved Digital Collections website in December 2013. The site currently contains segmented videos of oral histories from all military service branches, which are easily searchable by theater, branch of service, or keywords. Historians have annotated hundreds of oral histories, making it easier to research specific topics through the keyword search. In addition, the website includes six curated photograph collections that span all theaters of war.