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Library & Museum


Archives, Artifacts and Art T e American Legion Library, located at National Headquarters in downtown Indianapolis,


was established in 1923 and now houses vast archives chronicling the rich history of the nation’s largest veterans service organization. Minutes of every national meeting and convention are recorded and fi led there. All publications, such as booklets, brochures and pamphlets from divisions, commissions and commit ees, are indexed by the Library Division staff, which also compiles digested reports from national meetings, maintains records, and offers assistance to researchers. T e division is now working to convert Legion materials into an electronic format, so that


more people can access them by using a computer. T e digital archive will allow the library to organize, share and curate digital assets such as governing documents, valid resolutions, photos and videos. T ese searchable materials will be offered online in their full texts through the same type of soſt ware used by the Library of Congress and many university libraries. T e digital archive will at fi rst only cover the current decade. Older assets will be converted into electronic formats over time. T e goal is to have every valid American Legion resolution in the archives, easy to fi nd and search. T e library also has responsibility for the Emil A. Blackmore Museum, along with the


Legion’s art, artifact and war-poster collections. ––––––––––––


In the Legion Library  More than 12,000 books and periodicals  Rare documents, including the original GI Bill  Photographs, paintings and more than 2,000 posters from World War I and World War II  Histories of The American Legion by several authors  A collection of military unit histories, dating back to World War I


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Contact  library@legion.org


Links  www.legion.org/librarywww.legion.org/posterswww.legion.org/virtualtour


26 T e American Legion Annual Report | 2011


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