Personal 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.
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)
Official Historical & Archival USMC Records (documents & publications, film & video, command chronologies, maps & drawings, personal papers & photo collections of Marines of all ranks, Marine Corps University materials)
Publications (physical & digital publications by History Division & MCU Press)
Information for Marine Corps Units (unit streamers, lineage and honors, records, operations, Medals of Honor by unit, Marine Corps Flag Manual (MCO 4400.201-V13), battle & campaign info
All personnel requesting access to MCINCR-MCB Quantico must have an approved ID and be registered into the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS), prior to being allowed access to the base. DoD issued ID cards (CAC - common access card & TESLIN - retiree, dependent, reserve, individual ready reserve) do Not require any action and will be automatically enrolled into DBIDS. All other approved ID’s require registering that ID credential into DBIDS at the visitor control center, or other approved site aboard the installation. There is no cost to the individual or company to register with DBIDS.
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.