About Our Oral History Program


What we don’t record, we lose. Oral history is a vital tool in recording and preserving the diverse experiences of US servicewomen in their own voices. The Women’s Memorial Foundation Oral History Program promotes research and understanding of all aspects of the history and culture of the women who have served in defense of our nation. The Oral History Program collection is actively utilized as a primary resource by researchers, authors, scholars, artists, filmmakers and the press. Veterans organizations and groups are pitching in to preserve military women's stories through oral history projects.

You can read excerpts from some of transcripts in our collection in our Oral History Highlight and Oral History Archive, get tips on how to conduct an oral history, or check out our online inventory (coming soon) to view our ever-growing list of several hundreds of servicewomen and veterans who have donated their stories. Just as our online inventory changes and grows over time, so does our “Highlight.” Every three months you will get a chance to view a new “Highlight,” featuring the story of one or more servicewomen or some of our oral history volunteers. We also have essential oral history resources right here at your fingertips, including consent forms, biographical data forms, a bibliography and useful links for oral history resources.

Read Oral Histories from the Women's Memorial Collection

Jessie Ada Richardson, Navy Women's Reserve (WAVES)

Col Julia E. Hamblet, USMC (Ret.), Director, Women Marines


Corinne Gogue-Cook, Air Force

The Women’s Memorial Foundation officially launched the Oral History Program in Feb. 2000. The collection includes narratives from all branches and all eras from WWI to the present. Our holdings are as diverse as the women they represent, and include the accounts of women who served as overseas volunteers with the American Red Cross, the USO and the US Public Health Service. Oral histories are housed in the Foundation’s climate controlled, fire and impact resistant audio/visual safes made possible through a Save America’s Treasure’s grant.

If you are a servicewoman or veteran and would like to tell your story, or you are a military women’s history enthusiast and can assist in the collection and/or transcription of interviews, contact Robbie Fee, Director of Oral History, at 703-533-1155 or 800-222-2294 or by e-mail at oralhistory@womensmemorial.org. Audio/video tape and transcript submissions must include a signed consent form. Please mail submissions to the Women’s Memorial Foundation, ATTN: Oral History Program, 200 N Glebe Rd, Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22203-3728. Access to the collection is by appointment only. The Foundation is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Disclaimer | IRB Policy | Consent Form (PDF) | Bio Data Form (PDF)