Title

The Archive of Modern American Warfare: Preserving Veterans' History in the Digital Age

Location

KIPJ Room G

Session Type

Concurrent Session

Start Date

2-5-2017 1:50 PM

End Date

2-5-2017 2:35 PM

Keywords

access, privacy, collaboration, born-digital, metadata

Abstract

For over 26 years, the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University has worked to preserve the history of Vietnam War veterans and has amassed the largest collection of Vietnam War records outside the National Archives. Now, the Center hopes to do the same thing for veterans of the modern wars with a new project known as the Archive of Modern American Warfare (AMAW). The AMAW collects and preserves records from veterans of military conflicts that occurred after 1975, with a particular focus on the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Because of the nature of records being produced in the modern era, the AMAW is primarily a digital archive that collects born digital records such as digital photographs, digital videos, emails, text messages, and digital documents. These materials will be made available to researchers through an online portal that is currently under construction. Andrew Hinton, archivist with the AMAW, presents a case study of the Vietnam Center’s early work to build an open educational resource for the study of modern American military history.

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May 2nd, 1:50 PM May 2nd, 2:35 PM

The Archive of Modern American Warfare: Preserving Veterans' History in the Digital Age

KIPJ Room G

For over 26 years, the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University has worked to preserve the history of Vietnam War veterans and has amassed the largest collection of Vietnam War records outside the National Archives. Now, the Center hopes to do the same thing for veterans of the modern wars with a new project known as the Archive of Modern American Warfare (AMAW). The AMAW collects and preserves records from veterans of military conflicts that occurred after 1975, with a particular focus on the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Because of the nature of records being produced in the modern era, the AMAW is primarily a digital archive that collects born digital records such as digital photographs, digital videos, emails, text messages, and digital documents. These materials will be made available to researchers through an online portal that is currently under construction. Andrew Hinton, archivist with the AMAW, presents a case study of the Vietnam Center’s early work to build an open educational resource for the study of modern American military history.