Air Force Historical Foundation
The Air Force Historical Foundation is working to establish a newly created Digital Archive to support the Foundation’s mission of educating and promoting the preservation and appreciation of the history and heritage of the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Space Force, and the organizations and individuals that have come before.
These Archives are being developed to not only preserve aging collections and assist scholars and researchers, but to create a living, intellectual connection for our history that appeals to diverse audiences … a highly searchable online resource promoting future thought and discussion and linking our history and heritage like never before.
This Collection aims to span the history of Air Power and Space Power from the early years to today and plans to house a variety of materials, including original, never-before-seen documents, letters, photographs, film, and a collection of oral histories.
As we embark on this project, we have begun our efforts through a research collaboration with the University of Alabama’s School of Library and Information Studies.
Our initial efforts have included the stand up of an Exhibition-style viewing of a small sample collection of General Henry “Hap” Arnold materials and a sample oral history from the Foundation’s “9/12 Project,” a project aimed at collecting and preserving the personal voices, stories, and perspectives of Airmen, Guardians, DoD Civilians, and Dependents beginning on September 12, 2001, through the end of the War in Afghanistan.
Click on the image of 5-star General of the Army Hap Arnold to view a 1919 Air Show with guest Mary Pickford and a 1943 wartime speech to his Airmen found at the Henry H. Arnold Collection at the Air University Library.