Special Collections and Archives blog

Veterans Day 2019

Arizona State Teachers College, Navy V-12 Program Drill Exercises, 1944. Photo courtesy Northern Arizona University, Cline Library, Special Collections and Archives, University Archives.

On behalf of all of us at the Cline Library and Special Collections and Archives, we would like to thank the veterans at NAU as well as all the brave men and women who served our country.

NAU appreciates and honors those who served and sacrificed so that we can live in a free country. Here at the Cline Library, we partnered with the NAU Veteran Success Center to conduct an oral history project that captures, preserves, and makes available the stories and experiences of NAU veterans. The NAU Student Veteran Oral History project recognizes veterans’ service to our nation as well as the contributions veterans make in the classroom and beyond.

Zachary Hamilton, Veteran, NAU Alumni, and Coordinator at NAU Student Veteran Services. Zach was the first NAU student veteran to participate in the oral history project. Image courtesy of NAU Student Veteran Services.

We have a diverse group of 11 veterans who have participated by sharing their experiences thus far.  Many of these oral histories are available online at the Cline Library Special Collections and Archives digital archives at this link. We have additional interviews currently being processed and available soon.  Complementing the oral history interviews, we have a preliminary finding aid that provides context and an overview of all the interviews.

As we honor our nation’s veterans on Monday November 11th, it’s a good time to learn about the struggles, sacrifices, and rewards that veterans experience while serving our country.  We thank those who have shared their stories with us and thank all veterans for their service.

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