The Research Center is currently closed to the public for construction and will reopen in early 2023.

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During this time, we are still available to assist with your research needs at research@theworldwar.org or 816.888.8142. Research station computers are available in the Museum lobby, our collections database is accessible online at collections.theworldwar.org and our directory of public military service records is accessible digitally.

 

 

Research at the National WWI Museum and Memorial

The Museum and Memorial welcomes all who are interested in learning more about the Great War. From graduate students and professors, to authors and family historians, researchers have free access to our 330,000 archival documents and objects, as well as more than 10,000 library titles available at our Edward Jones Research Center.

Located on the Museum’s lower level, the Edward Jones Research Center contains the Museum and Memorial’s library of primary and secondary texts, periodicals, scholarly journals and the institutional records of Liberty Memorial Association. 

It also offers an intimate, ground-level view of the symbolic poppy field. Generous support for the National WWI Museum and Memorial and the Research Center has been provided by Edward Jones.

There is no charge to visit the Edward Jones Research Center, although contributions are always appreciated.

To visit the Edward Jones Research Center, take the West elevator down to the Research level. Follow the corridor signs to the double glass doors, across from the magnificent base of the Liberty Memorial Tower. 

Please note: The Research Center will be closed to the public from May 31, 2022 through early 2023 for construction.

The current Research Center hours are:
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Please note: The Research Center will be closed to the public from May 31, 2022 through early 2023 for construction.

The Edward Jones Research Center offers access to more than 10,000 library titles. You can view a list here.

Because materials from the Edward Jones Research Center’s archival and three-dimensional object collections must be retrieved by staff, researchers who wish to use these collections must make an appointment with the appropriate member of the Museum and Memorial’s curatorial staff:

Two-Dimensional and Archives
(Photographs, posters, letters, etc.)
Jonathan Casey
Director, Archives and Edward Jones Research Center
816.888.8121
jcasey@theworldwar.org

Three-Dimensional Objects
(Uniforms, weapons, gas masks, etc.)
Doran Cart
Senior Curator
816.888.8120
dcart@theworldwar.org

  • Visitors are asked to sign in at the attendant’s desk before browsing the Edward Jones Research Center’s holdings.
  • Food and drink are not allowed inside the Research Center.
  • No library holdings, archival materials, collections objects or other materials may leave the Research Center.
  • When conducting research, please take notes using pencil and paper or a laptop computer. Pen and ink are not allowed.
  • Photocopies of library and archival materials can be made by the attendant. View a fee schedule for Edward Jones Research Center services.

For more questions about conducting research, please contact research@theworldwar.org or call 816.888.8142 during operating hours.

The National WWI Museum and Memorial's Online Collections Database is available at collections.theworldwar.org and provides free digital access to our global collection that began in 1920. 

The Museum and Memorial also maintains a list of WWI military service records that are available online for researchers.