Air Force Historical Research Agency
The Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA) maintains the historical materials for the U.S. Air Force. It is located in Montgomery, Alabama, on Maxwell Air Force Base.
600 Chennault Circle Maxwell AFB, AL 36112
AFHRANEWS@maxwell.af.mil Alternately, see webform at http://www.afhra.af.mil/main/contactus.asp
Schedule & hours
0830 to 1600 (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) Monday through Friday Closed on federal holidays.
Directions to the archive
AFHRA is located on the Maxwell Air Force Base. Once you arrive on base and pass through security (see additional notes below), follow the main road briefly past the post office, then veer to the right when the road forks. When this road ends at Chennault Circle, turn right. Parking can be tricky, but try the large lot on the right just past the church-like building. AFHRA is on the opposite side of the circle, set in with a parking lot separating it from the road.
"The Air Force Historical Research Agency is the repository for Air Force historical documents. The Agency's collection, begun in Washington, DC, during World War II, moved in 1949 to Maxwell Air Force Base, the site of Air University, to provide research facilities for professional military education students, the faculty, visiting scholars, and the general public. It consists today of over 70,000,000 pages devoted to the history of the service, and represents the world's largest and most valuable organized collection of documents on US military aviation."
Contact AFHRA to plan your visit (see "Access" for more information). Additionally, check out http://www.airforcehistoryindex.org to search for materials pertinent to your topic. You may be able to identify nearly all materials of interest through this online search engine. Alternately, AFHRA has an on-site database you can also use.
Materials are available in hard copy and on microfilm at the facility. The request process is simple: fill out a form with the call number and beginning/end dates for the document(s) you would like, then give it to a staff member.
Maxwell is a closed based. You MUST be "sponsored" on to the base by a staff member. This is why you must contact AFHRA in advance. When you arrive, go to the visitor's center just outside the main gate. You will need your car registration and automobile insurance, as well as a driver's license. If AFHRA has not sent your sponsorship to the gate, you can call them and they will take care of it immediately.
Permitted and prohibited items
- Permitted: laptops, scanners, cameras
Document ordering and delivery
Request forms allow space for about 10 distinct items. Enter call number and document start/end dates or other description.
Photocopying, photography, microfilming
Photocopying available, unsure of cost.
Joe Caver is one of the head individuals there.
No internet access and no visible food places (but you may want to ask). There are snack and soda vending machines. If you are military personnel, you may be able to access on-base food facilities. There is a fridge in the lobby.
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