Like many elements of CECOM, the history office moved from Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Our first “forward” employee – Floyd – came down in July 2009, when the rest of the office was still in New Jersey. Our second employee – Chrissie – moved down in August 2010. Our command historian – Susan – joined the team in January 2011. But it wasn’t until March 2011 that the full historical office collection moved down. It was a big move: 4 tractor trailers worth! As much material as it was, though, the office has been lucky that it was only the beginning…
We’ve been extremely fortunate that so many other elements have donated materials to the office. While we are officially the CECOM historians, we also endeavor to collect materials from throughout the C4ISR community. Because of the domain concept and the overlap between CECOM and other commands and PEOs, we encourage all members of C4ISR to donate materials to the archive. The history of the organization goes back many decades, and we can trace our organizational heritage all the way back to the Signal Corps founder, GEN Myer, in 1860!
Some examples of the types of things we accept are:
- Photographs: prints, on disc/digital media, negatives
- Programs and Dedication Booklets
- Organization charts
- Timelines, organizational histories, and internal publications
- Notices of awards
- Briefing charts
- Audio and video materials
- Interviews and personal experience papers
- Technical manuals
Some examples of the topics we have in the collection are:
- Pigeon Breeding and Training Progam
- Army flight activities
- Newspapers (from all CECOM and predecessor orgs, at many installations)
- Combat Operations, from the Spanish-American War through OEF/OIF
- Night Vision
- Project Paperclip
- The McCarthy Hearings
One question we are often asked is “What about all the stuff from Fort Monmouth?” Easy answer: We keep and conserve all of it in perpetuity. The same is true for Camp Evans materials, Vint Hill Farm Station materials, etc. Just because the office is no longer physically located in a place, doesn’t mean we’re no longer interested in things from there. Quite the opposite, in fact. The historical office has a mission to preserve and promote the history of the organization, in addition to maintaining the heritage of the organization. If any of our readers have materials from any of our current or former locations, those are relevant, and we’d love to bring them into the collection.
The office can collect and preserve FOUO documents, as well as classified documents. We are behind lockable doors, we have a small safe, and everything is secured when we are out of the office. Should you have ARIMs-type documents that have disposition guidelines, the office will gladly accept copies.
Also, please note that while the CECOM historical office does not collect or store artifacts, we are happy to help people find the appropriate Army museum professionals who might be able to accept them. Gail Fuller (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the APG Museum director, and she and her staff can even come out to your location to assess your artifacts. The museum is able to accept artifacts from all of the different on-post activities, too! Their mission is representing the entire installation, both the APG North side and the Edgewood/APG South side.
Have anything in your office that you think could be a part of the archival collection? Please contact us!