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Library & Museum


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


was established in 1923. It houses vast archives chronicling the rich history of the nation’s largest organization of wartime veterans. T e Library staff compiles digested reports and minutes from national meetings and the national convention; maintains records; keeps track of the numerous publications produced by Legion divisions, commissions and commit ees; and off ers assistance to researchers. In January 2012, the Legion’s Digital Archive was released for general use by membership and the


public aſt er more than a year in development. It allows the library to organize, share and curate digital assets such as governing documents, photos and videos in complete, full-text forms. Part of the digital archive’s purpose is to allow members and others to fi nd Legion materials quickly and easily. Already, the digital archive has become the main access point for Legion resolutions, which currently go back to 1992. As time goes on, older assets will be converted and stored there. T e library also has oversight of the Emil A. Blackmore Museum, which displays memorabilia


associated with the history of T e American Legion, and a fi ne arts gallery housing original paintings, sculptures, posters, prints and photographs.


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


Contact  library@legion.org


Connections  www.legion.org/librarywww.legion.org/virtualtourwww.legion.org/postersarchive.legion.org


28 T e American Legion Annual Report | 2012


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