This presentation is part of Preserving U.S. Military Heritage: WWII to the Cold War, Fredericksburg, Texas, June 4-6, 2019.

by Chris McDougal


The National Museum of the Pacific War, in different forms, has been in existence since 1963. Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz gave his blessing to the creation of the museum in that year with the understanding that it would honor those who served in the Pacific Theater and not himself. With that in mind, the museum archives have grown to house a variety of analog and digital mediums that tell the story of the war as seen by the individuals who experienced it. The archives grew and expanded along with the museum and preservation challenges have occasionally been encountered. Through thoughtful and efficient means each instance has been successfully addressed.


Chris McDougal is the Archivist / Librarian at the National Museum of the Pacific War (NMPW). He completed an MS in Library Science during 2011 at the University of North Texas and began working for the museum at the beginning of 2015. During 2018 Mr. McDougal obtained certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists. While working at the NMPW, he has been responsible for all aspects of reorganizing the library and archives into their current iterations. Along the way, Mr. McDougal has discovered, documented, and addressed a variety of past and present preservation challenges encountered in the NMPW library and archives collections.

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