Archival Requests

Archival Requests

The Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA) is the repository for official USAF unit histories. We are usually not the best resource for personnel records, photos, or memorabilia. In order to avoid unnecessary delays in processing your request, before submitting an archival request, please review the links listed on AFHRA’s homepage and/or the links below.

Veteran/Military Personnel/Service Records
National Personnel Records Center


Air Force Biographies


Air Force History and Museums Program Publications


Military photos and videos: Please contact the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service:


Air Force Photographs


Archived Air Force Publications and Forms


Aircraft Accident /Incident Reports after 1955
Air Force Safety Center


Basic Training Photographs


Current Air Force Publications and Forms


Displays, artifacts, and memorabilia 
(Including questions about aircraft, aircraft design, paint schemes, aircraft technical data, support equipment, and military uniforms.)
National Museum of the USAF


Technical Aircraft Information:


Photographs and Graphic Works
National Archives & Records Administration


Unclassified documents with no administrative controls are usually open to the public and available for researchers. Patrons may visit the AFHRA in person and copy records or submit a request to AFHRA by letter or email. Please be sure to provide as much relevant detail as possible to help us identify the information sought and please be sure to include your current contact information (email, phone, mailing address).

Unofficial requests are usually answered in the order received. If your request is of an urgent nature, please specify. All documents require a release determination and may require additional time or procedures to process. You will be advised accordingly if additional release decisions must be made.


Mailing address:   HQ AFHRA/RSA
                             600 Chennault Circle
                             Maxwell AFB AL 36112