THE MISSION OF THE George C. Marshall Research Library is to collect, preserve, and make available to scholars a documented record of the life and public service career of George Catlett Marshall. That mission includes a variety of military and diplomatic history issues between the years 1900 and 1960. The Research Library's main holding is the George C. Marshall Papers. Many of Marshall's contemporaries have donated their documents in support of the library's mission.
The Marshall Papers project is a seven-volume selected letterpress edition published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Six volumes have been published and work on the seventh is underway. These volumes average over eight hundred pages each. For example, the sixth volume (covering January 1947 to September 1949) includes 805 pages, 435 documents, 190 editorial summaries of meetings, 19 editorial headnotes, 45 illustrations, and 4 maps. The documents in volumes 1 through 5 are accessible via a free, searchable, on-line database. The sixth volume will be put on-line by November 2013.
With a few exceptions, documents included in the Marshall Papers edition are written by or dictated to a secretary by Marshall. Documents by other people are generally used only for annotation of Marshall documents or because they report in detail Marshall's actions and ideas. Documents chosen for inclusion are usually letters,
We are deeply grateful for significant and ongoing funding from NHPRC (National Historical Publications and Records Commission) and NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities).
In addition, there are over 145 other collections which are housed in a three-story government security vault which is temperature and humidity controlled to aid in preservation of documents. Collections range from a single folder such as a diary kept by a prisoner-of-war during the Battle of the Bulge to multi-folder divisional histories and newsletters.
The library is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 4:30.
Please contact the library staff in advance if you are planning a research visit.
Paul B. Barron - Director of Library and Archives (540-463-7103 ext 129)
Jeffrey Kozak - Archivist and Assistant Librarian (540-463-7103 ext 122)
Cara Sonnier - Digital Content Librarian (540-463-7103 ext 125)
The library’s holdings include approximately 750 reels of microfilm. The contents can be previewed in this two-volume PDF directory:
The Library has catalogued over 100 films on World War II and other post-war subjects. Videos referencing all aspects of Marshall's career are available, as well as USIA films documenting the European recovery initiated by the Marshall Plan for Economic Recovery.
This includes the original recording of the Marshall Plan Speech made at the Harvard Commencement on June 5, 1947. Also available are
The oral history collection also includes: