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Archives Branch: Personal Papers Collections

A guide to the papers of individual Marines held by the Archives Branch.

Marines on Operation Meade River, 1968Personal Papers Collections in the Archives Branch

In October 1998, upon recognizing the educational and research value of archival materials, the Commandant of the Marine Corps General Charles C. Krulak directed the USMC History and Museums Division to transfer its personal papers collections from the Washington, DC Navy Yard to the Archives Branch at Quantico, Virginia.  The Archives Branch continues to maintain this superb resource, and our collection of personal papers includes the papers of some of the most notable Marines in history.  With every passing year the number of collections in our holdings increases.  We currently have upwards of 5,700 collections, and we endeavor to make these invaluable materials available to both Marine and civilian researchers. Please note that these finding aids do not represent the entirety of our holdings. 

Contact us at or (703) 784-4685 for information about other collections.

Personal papers are comprised of, but not limited to, the following media types: correspondence, memoirs, diaries, scrapbooks, maps, and photographs.  The collections in our holdings are organized alphabetically by creator's last name on this site.  For each individual we have included a finding aid to their papers, a photograph of the individual, the size of the collection, the dates covered, and a brief description of the collection's contents.  Whenever possible, additional links to official Marine Corps biographies are included, as well as links to digitized photographs and documents, that are available online via the Archives Branch Flickr page.

Note: When requesting materials from these collections, please provide the following information: collection name, collection number, and box number (i.e., Smedley Butler, COLL/3124, Boxes 23-24)

Contact the Archives Branch


(703) 784-4685


Archives Branch reference requests and general inquiries:

Command Chronology requests and submissions:

Archives Hours

Please call for hours of operation.


Please note: The Archives Branch is closed on weekends and on federal holidays.  Emergency closings will be posted on the Archives homepage and the Archives Facebook page.

Mailing Address

Archives Branch, Marine Corps History Division
2044 Broadway Street
Quantico, VA  22134

Before visiting the Archives Branch, please review the following information: Conducting In-Person Research

Physical Location:

2044 Broadway Street
Quantico, VA  22134

Visitors should the access the Archives via the Warner Center lobby (click here for driving directions) The Archives reference desk and reading room are on the first deck.

Base Access

Due to recent national security concerns, installation law enforcement will continue to conduct 100 percent **ID checks and an increase in vehicle inspections for the foreseeable future at all MCBQ gates. Travelers can expect increased wait times at entrances and an increase in traffic near the exits of I-95 and Route 1. **All adult passengers should be prepared to present ID at the gate - state, or federal issued. Options for teens 16 years and older are: DoD dependent ID, driver's license/permit and student ID. If younger military children have DoD IDs, please have them available.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, but the safety and security of the installation, personnel and family members remain a priority.

Marine Corps Base Quantico is located off of Interstate 95 in Virginia, approximately 36 miles south of Washington, DC and 20 miles north of Fredericksburg, VA.

The two closest airports are Dulles International (IAD) in Dulles, Va., and Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA) in Arlington, VA. Other transportation includes a bus terminal in nearby Triangle as well as Amtrak (1-800-872-7245) and Virginia Railway Express (1-800-RIDE-VRE) train services. The train station is located in the Town of Quantico and the Warner Center is a short walk from the station.

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