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Center for the Study of War Experience

The primary mission of the Center for the Study of War Experience is to collect and preserve oral history interviews with veterans and civilians who have been involved with or impacted by modern conflict. The interviews, videotaped and digitally preserved, are used to educate undergraduates about the multiple perspectives of war experience.

With over 900 hours of recorded interviews and an extensive archive of artifacts, documents, and photos from the interviewees, the Center provides ample opportunities for students and researchers to engage with primary sources. The multiple and nuanced narratives allow students to explore how stories of conflict are told, how individual and collective memories influence and shape those narratives, how war experiences are translated to the public, and how they inform larger conversations about war in society. 



Stories from Wartime

2020 marks the 25th anniversary of Stories from Wartime, the popular public history series and undergraduate course. It also marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. In this anniversary year, the series will return to where it began in 1995 with a special focus on World War II.

The 2020 series included public lectures, moderated panels with veterans and civilians, prominent guest speakers and a symposium with renowned WWII scholars. 

Topics included:

  • WWII, the "Good War"? A Panel with WWII Veterans
  • Gender, Sexuality and WWII
  • From Rosie the Riveter to Big Bands: WWII Popular Culture
  • Living in the Shadow of WWII: A Panel and Presentation on Widows, Wives and Children
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Archival Collection

The Center's archive includes both unpublished and published manuscripts, pamphlets, diaries, memoirs, and journals generally written for family members or fellow veterans. The collection also contains artifacts donated by veterans such as uniforms, official documents, photograph albums, newspaper and magazine collections, and commemorative items.

All collection items are professionally preserved and cataloged, and are stored in a secure space. The collection is accessible to students, teachers, and the general public for research and study purposes. The archive presents exhibits of its archive items in permanent display cases on the third floor of Main Hall.

Location and Contact Information

Center for the Study of War Experience

Location: Carroll Hall 242

Mailing Address:
3333 Regis Boulevard
Mail Code I-4
Denver, CO 80221

Office: 303.964.6020


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