FAQ: Academics and Research

Academics and Research

Q. Are the Museum’s collections available for research?
A. The WSMR Museum is proud to serve as a repository for historical and cultural heritage assets. In accordance with the Army Museum Enterprise Collections Philosophy, the Museum intends to use its assets for “Soldier training, technical research and development, organizational heritage, espirit de corps, and the education of the public about the history of the Army.” Although we strive to make our artifact and archival collections as accessible as possible, some assets may have restrictions in place.

Q. What governs what items are restricted?
A. Assets in our archives may have one or more restrictions in place. Common restrictions include:
Conditions Governing Access: Placed on assets that contain information restricted by national security considerations, donor restrictions, court orders, HIPAA and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) considerations, and other statutory or regulatory provisions.
Physical Access: Placed on assets whose physical condition or location may require the use of copies or additional considerations.
Technical Access: Placed on assets that require specific equipment, hardware, or software to access.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Placed on assets with restrictions on reproduction due to copyright and use after accessing the asset, such as publication, display, dissemination, broadcast, etc.

Q. What do I do if the documents, records, photographs, reports, etc. I would like to request are restricted or otherwise unavailable?
A. While most physical and technical access restrictions are non-negotiable due to their nature, WSMR staff and volunteers will endeavor to make our assets as widely available as possible. For conditions governing access, reproduction, and use, please contact Museum staff for assistance.

Q. How do I submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request?
A. For FOIA Requests, please visit the WSMR FOIA Office website.

Q. Are there any research materials that are available online?
A. Currently, we are unable to host research material online. However, initiating an online repository service is one of our highest priorities. Updates will be posted on our website and Facebook page.

Q. How do I request access to the collections for research?
A. All research questions must be submitted using the WSMR Museum Research Request Form. Please follow the instructions on the form to submit it to the Museum.

Volunteering and Interning

Q. Does the Museum have volunteering and interning opportunities available?
A. Yes! The Museum is currently working on a standardized volunteering and interning program to offer to the community. In the meantime, we are more than happy to work with persons individually to satisfy their volunteering/interning interests and requirements.

Q. What are the requirements to volunteer/intern at the Museum?
A. We are currently working on our volunteer and intern policy. If you would like to inquire about volunteering or interning at the museum, please contact us via email or phone.

Q. What volunteer positions are available?
A. We are currently working on our volunteer and intern policy. If you would like to inquire about volunteering or interning at the museum, please contact us via email or phone.

Q. Who can I contact if I have more questions?
A. For more information about volunteering, both at the Museum and on WSMR in general, please contact the WSMR Army Community Services Volunteer Coordinator at (575)-678-2889 or visit My Army OneSource and click on the Volunteer Tools button in the top right corner of the page.

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