20 USC § 2142
Establishment of program at American Folklife Center to collect video and audio recordings of histories of veterans
through Pub. L. 116-344, except Pub. Ls. 116-260 and 116-283

(a) In general
The Director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress shall establish an oral history program—

(1) to collect video and audio recordings of—

(A) personal histories and testimonials of veterans of the Armed Forces who served during a period of war; and

(B) biographical histories by immediate family members of members of the Armed Forces who became missing in action or died as a result of their service during a period of war;

(2) to create a collection of the recordings obtained (including a catalog and index) which will be available for public use through the National Digital Library of the Library of Congress and such other methods as the Director considers appropriate to the extent feasible subject to available resources; and

(3) to solicit, reproduce, and collect written materials (such as letters and diaries) relevant to the personal histories of veterans of the Armed Forces who served during a period of war and to catalog such materials in a manner the Director considers appropriate, consistent with and complimentary 1 to the efforts described in paragraphs (1) and (2).

(b) Use of and consultation with other entities
The Director may carry out the activities described in paragraphs (1) and (3) of subsection (a) through agreements and partnerships entered into with other government and private entities, and may otherwise consult with interested persons (within the limits of available resources) and develop appropriate guidelines and arrangements for soliciting, acquiring, and making available recordings under the program under this subchapter.

(c) Timing
As soon as practicable after October 27, 2000, the Director shall begin collecting video and audio recordings under subsection (a)(1), and shall attempt to collect the first such recordings from the oldest veterans.

(d) Definition of immediate family member
For purposes of subsection (a), the term "immediate family member" means a parent, spouse, sibling, or child.


2016—Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 114–246, §2(a), amended par. (1) generally. Prior to amendment, par. (1) read as follows: "to collect video and audio recordings of personal histories and testimonials of veterans of the Armed Forces who served during a period of war;".

Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 114–246, §2(b), added subsec. (d).

National Public Awareness and Participation Campaign for Veterans' History Project of American Folklife Center

Pub. L. 112–239, div. A, title V, §594, Jan. 2, 2013, 126 Stat. 1771, provided that:

"(a) In General.—The Director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress shall carry out a national public awareness and participation campaign for the program required by section 3(a) of the Veterans' Oral History Project Act (20 U.S.C. 2142(a)). Such campaign shall provide for the following:

"(1) Encouraging the people of the United States, veterans organizations, community groups, and national organizations to participate in such program.

"(2) Ensuring greater awareness and participation throughout the United States in such program.

"(3) Providing meaningful opportunities for learning about the experiences of veterans.

"(4) Complementing the efforts supporting the readjustment and successful reintegration of veterans into civilian life after service in the Armed Forces.

"(b) Coordination and Cooperation.—To the degree practicable, the Director shall, in carrying out the campaign required by subsection (a), coordinate and cooperate with veterans service organizations.

"(c) Veterans Service Organization Defined.—In this section, the term 'veterans service organization' means any organization recognized by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the representation of veterans under section 5902 of title 38, United States Code."

1 So in original. Probably should be "complementary".

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