About the NERC
The archives of the National Museum of the Pacific War hold thousands of manuscripts, documents, photographs and recorded interviews with Pacific War veterans. Recognizing that these collections are an invaluable resource for historians and students of history, the Musem established the Nimitz Education and Research Center (NERC), a premier destination for scholars of Pacific War history.
“When we discovered the online oral history collection at the National Museum of the Pacific War, we were like kids in a candy store. The stories were jaw-dropping, and the sheer volume of material allowed us to find a voice for just about any Pacific War storyline, combat or not.” Dan Wolf, producer of the Pacific War in Color.view the digital archive
The NERC's library collections contain more than 6,000 titles that researchers can identify through our online catalog. Though the NERC does not lend books, researchers are welcome to use them by making an appointment with our Archivist / Librarian. Books will then be pulled by staff for use by patrons in the Roger Pineau Reading Room at the NERC. New titles are added to the catalog regularly.
The NERC's oral history program secures the stories of those who lived through WWII. Since beginning the program in 1988, dedicated volunteer oral historians have interviewed more than 5,000 veterans. A selection of the recordings and transcripts are available to the public at the NERC's new Digital Archive. Volunteers will continue topost interviews as they are transcribed and cataloged.
Donate an Artifact
The Museum's collection of more than 50,000 artifacts from the Pacific War includes everything from beer passes on Mogmog Island to actual aircraft and tanks. Thousands of new donations come in every year. Many of these items are on display in the permanent and temporary exhibits of the Museum, and many more are rotated between preservation storage and exhibit on a regular basis. The NERC staff are always interested in Pacific War artifacts and archival material.
Researchers who are considering a visit to the NERC are welcome. Staff will work with individuals to determine what materials in the collections match research needs. Please contact Archivist / Librarian, Chris McDougal, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 830-997-8600 (ext. 264) for a research consultation and to schedule an appointment. (Please note that if a visit to the Museum is determined to be necessary, an appointment must be made at least 48 hours in advance of the intended visit.)
Research requests that do not require a visit to the Museum are also welcome. Archivists will conduct 30-minutes of research for such requests.