Sources in the Blume Library and on the Web
In the Library
(NOTE: Call numbers given after each title are in the Main Floor Federal Documents Collection, unless preceded by a REF or FIRST or THIRD FLOOR designation.)
General reference books and series
American Military History. (D 114.19:M 59/3). 2005. This two-volume textbook developed by the Army's Center of Military History provides a brief but comprehensive review of the subject. Volume 1 covers 1775-1917 and Volume 2, 1917-2003.
Black Americans in Defense of Our Nation (D 1.2:B 56/991) and Hispanics in America's Defense (D 1.2:H 62/2/989). These volumes discuss the contributions of these ethnic groups in general as well as giving specific biographical information on outstanding individuals, including Medal of Honor Winners, general officers, etc.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. (D 207.10: ) (A volunteer group maintains an online version of this title.) This 8-volume set gives histories of Continental Navy and U.S. Navy ships, in alphabetical order. Information given includes technical description of the vessel, builders' information, commissioning date, first commander, and concise operational record, as well as for what person, place or other object the ship was named.
Guide to the Study and Use of Military History. (D 114.12:St 9). 1982. Covers all of world history. Includes a bibliographical guide and lists of journals and reference works.
Medal of Honor Recipients, 1863-1978. (Y 4.V 64/4:M 46/3/863-978). Contains citations for all awards of the medal grouped by war, campaign or historical era. The Army Center of Military History has an online listing of citations that is more up to date than this printed edition.
U.S. Air Force Reference Series. (D 301.82/5: ). Volumes of reference information. Some representative titles: Air Force Bases, Post World-War II Fighters, Air Force Combat Medals, etc.
Reference sources and series dealing with specific conflicts
World War I
|World War II
Persian Gulf War
Some agencies producing information of interest.Since the previous section offers only a selection of the major titles available, you may find other publications of interest under the following classification numbers:
On the Web
Research in Military Records. This sub-section of the Genealogy pages at the National Archives web site provides links to information from a list of specific conflicts, which are arranged chronologically. Some of the links lead to descriptions of NARA's archival holdings (some of which are available online) dealing with that period; others provide detailed descriptions of the conflict as well. A link to "More Military Resource Links" at the bottom of the main page, leads to an impressive collection of links to information elsewhere on the NARA website as well as on other government sites.
A related site with extensive information on combatants in wars back to World War II is the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, which has background information and databases of personnel.
Air Force Museum. Much of the information on this web site is arranged in a collection of "galleries." One set of these pages features aircraft, with pictures and descriptions arranged by era. A set of "Special Galleries" leads to information about people, historical periods, aircraft engines, particular weapons, etc. The website offers a search feature. Another Air Force history site is the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
Naval Historical Center. This web page links to information about the Center's various programs, including ordering information for their publications, as well as an extensive collection of naval history links. There are also links to the Center's various branches, which include a Photographic Section and a Navy Art Gallery that both offer online images and exhibitions. The Ships History and Naval Aviation History branches also have substantial online content. The site gives information for visitors (hours, restrictions, etc.) for all of the Center's facilities.
|U.S. Army Center of
Military History. In addition to detailed information such as
the history of specific Army units and citations of Congressional Medal of
Honor winners, there is a great deal of general historical information available
through this website. Under their "Online Bookshelves" you can access their
various series of publications, as well as general "Research Materials,"
arranged by chronological period. There is also a substantial online gallery
of artworks and photographs, links to various Army museums and a site search
U.S. Marine Corps History and Museums Division. This site gives information for visitors to the Division's facilities, as well as information on Marine traditions and operations. The "Frequently Requested" link leads to reference material, such as listings of top officers and honors, casualty counts by conflict, chronologies, and information on special topics, such as the Navajo code talkers of World War II. There is also a collection of Marine Corps art and links to related sites, such as the Marine Corps Heritage Center.
For general current (and recent historical) information on the U.S. military, Defenselink is a good source, especially their "Publications" and "Special Reports" sections.
The U.S. Army has this Army Heritage Collection Online which allows searching and browsing of their collections of manuscripts, archives, photographs, artifacts, and publications. You may also search their catalog, but many of the items in it have not yet been digitized. Another useful feature are detailed resource guides and finding aids to the collections.
Southern Methodist University in Dallas has an extensive collection of digitized government publications dealing with World War II.
Government Information on the Web Subject Index
In addition to the major government websites described above, headings listed below might lead you to useful information in these specific areas:
|American Revolution||Iraq||Pearl Harbor|
|Arms Control||Joint Chiefs of Staff||Special Operations/Forces|
|Civil War||Military/Defense||Vietnam War|