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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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About the NERC

The archives of the National Museum of the Pacific War hold thousands of manuscripts, official documents, photographs and recorded interviews with Pacific War veterans. Recognizing that these collections are an invaluable resource for historians and students of history, we established the Nimitz Education and Research Center (NERC), a premier destination for scholars of Pacific War history.

Digital Access

“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.

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Library Collection

Our library collections contain more than six thousand titles that researchers can identify through our online catalog. Though we do not lend our 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. If you can’t find a title of interest today, please come back and search our catalog in the near future. New titles are added regularly.

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Oral History

Our oral history program secures the stories of those who lived through WWII. Since we began the program in 1988 our dedicated volunteer oral historians have interviewed over 5,000 veterans. A selection of the recordings and transcripts are available to the public at our new Digital Archive. We will continue to post interviews as they are transcribed and cataloged.

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Donate an Artifact

The Museum's collection of over 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. We are always interested in Pacific War artifacts and archival material.

Policy

Researchers who are considering a visit to the NERC are welcome and we will work with you to determine what materials in our collections match your needs. Please contact Archivist / Librarian, Chris McDougal, at cmcdougal@nimitzfoundation.org or 830-997-8600 (ext. 264) for a research consultation and to schedule an appointment, if needed. Please note that if a visit to the museum is determined to be necessary, we require that the appointment is 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. Our archivists will conduct no more than 30-minutes of research for such requests.

Hours

The NERC’s collections are open to the public, by appointment, Monday to Friday between the normal working hours of 9 AM – 5 PM.

Please contact our Archivist and Librarian, Chris McDougal at cmcdougal@nimitzfoundation.org or at 830-997-8600 ext. 264. We will work with you to determine what materials in our collections match your research interests.