The American Legion Digital Archive – a research tool allowing access to a host of Legion materials and publications from National Headquarters – has been released for general use after more than a year of development.
According to Library and Museum Director Howard Trace, the archive "will allow the library to organize, share and curate digital assets." Library staff worked to customize the DSpace digital-repository software program, which is used by the Library of Congress and other big-name institutions, for the Legion's needs.
At the moment, the Digital Archive, located at www.legion.org/archive , provides full-text access to numerous Legion materials, including:
The archive is a work in progress. Within the next year, and as time goes on, it will be populated with more Legion materials that are both newly created, older and historical. The ultimate goal is to provide a significant collection of materials from National Headquarters through the Digital Archive, as far as possible, going back to 1919. These materials can be used by Legionnaires to give background and context to local initiatives; as templates for getting programs or events off the ground; or simply appreciated as a living space in which to learn through the documents that put Legion ideals into practice. As the Legion Centennial in 2019 approaches, the archive can be a valuable tool.
The American Legion Digital Archive: www.legion.org/archive