Air Force Historical Research Agency

Entrance to the United States Historical Research Agency historical collections
Agency overview
Formed25 May 1979; 44 years ago (1979-05-25) (as the Albert F. Simpson Historical Research Center)[1]
HeadquartersMaxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
32°23′07″N 86°20′41″W / 32.38527°N 86.34483°W / 32.38527; -86.34483
Parent departmentDepartment of the Air Force
Parent service United States Air Force Edit this at Wikidata

The Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA) is the repository for United States Air Force historical documents.[2] The Agency's collection began during World War II in Washington, D.C., and moved in 1949 to Maxwell Air Force Base, the site of Air University, to provide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.[3]

The U.S Air Force History Office in Bolling Air Force Base Building 5681 in Washington, D.C., houses microfilm copies of archival materials in the United States Air Force Historical Research Center at Maxwell Air Force Base.[4]

Published guides of the collection include the Air Force Historical Archives Document Classification Guide (1971), Personal Papers in the USAF Historical Research Center compiled by Richard E. Morse and Thomas C. Lobenstein (1980), U.S. Air Force Oral History Catalog (1982), and the United States Air Force History: A Guide to Documentary Sources.[4]


Holdings include published and unpublished reports and oral histories on topics including:

See also


  1. ^ Lahue, Melissa (1 June 2022). "Air Force Historical Research Agency (USAF)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  2. ^ Catherine D. Scott, ed., Aeronautics and Space Flight Collections (1985) New York: Hayworth Press, “United States Air Force Historical Collection” Lloyd H. Cornett, Jr., contributing author
  3. ^ Dysart, Mary Dixie (2012). "The Archives at the Air Force Historical Research Agency" (PDF). Maxwell Air Force Base: Air Force Historical Research Agency. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "U.S. Air Force History Office". Retrieved 20 April 2022.