The Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA) is the repository for United States Air Force historical documents. The Agency's collection begun during World War II in Washington, D.C. and moved in 1949 to Maxwell Air Force Base, the site of Air University, to provide research facilities for professional military education students, the faculty, visiting scholars, and the general public.
Entrance to the United States Historical Research Agency historical collections
|Formed||25 May 1979(as the Albert F. Simpson Historical Research Center)|
|Headquarters||Maxwell Air Force Base, Virginia|
|Parent department||Department of the Air Force|
|Parent service||United States Air Force|
The U.S Air Force History Office in Bolling Air Force Base Building 5681 in Washington, D.C. houses microfilm copies of archival materials in the United States Air Force Historical Research Center at Maxwell Air Force Base.
Published guides of the collection include the Air Force Historical Archives Document Classification Guide (1971), Personal Papers in the USAF Historical Research Center compiled by Richard E. Morse and Thomas C. Lobenstein (1980), U.S. Air Force Oral History Catalog (1982), and the United States Air Force History: A Guide to Documentary Sources.
Holdings include published and unpublished reports and oral histories on topics including:
- Col. Bernt Balchen correspondence, memos, and articles on polar regions
- BRIG. GEN. William N. Best Air Force oral history program interview No. 717.
- GEOPHYSICS IN CONNECTION WITH THE "INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE QUIET SUN" 1964-65
- GERMAN METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE, WORLD WAR II report on its organization, duties, and responsibilities to the Luftwaffe. 1944.
- 400TH AEROSPACE APPLICATIONS GROUP. History, 1963–73.
- AIR WEATHER SERVICE history, 1945–46.
- AIR WEATHER SERVICE history, 1966–67.
- ARMY AIR FORCES TRAINING COMMAND history of the weather training program, 1939–1945.
- CLIMATE AND WEATHER MODIFICATION Air Force History Narrative.
- EASTERN TECHNICAL TRAINING COMMAND contract meteorology schools report on the experiment ato train Air Force Weather Officers, 1944
- FIFTH AIR FORCE, history of participation in Project Grayback (Fulton surface-to-air recovery system) 1955
- METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITE PROGRAM, STUDY OF METEOROLOGY AFFECTING ALMOST EVERY PHASE OF AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, 1961.
- THIRTEENTH AIR FORCE, history of participation in Project 119-L, which provided for a worldwide meteorological survey between 1 Nov. 1955 and 1 April 1956
- GEN Curtis Lemay correspondence on meteorology.
- METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS DURING MILITARY OPERATIONS. 1942–present.
- METEOROLOGICAL EQUIPMENT FOR POLAR ICE PACK STATION.
- METEOROLOGICAL SOUNDING SYSTEM, AF Global Weather Central.
- METEOROLOGICAL SURVEY, an aerial photography of Western Europe, etc. 1945.
- METEOROLOGISTS TO THE BALLOON CORPS, National Association of American Balloon Corps Veterans.
- Lahue, Melissa (1 June 2022). "Air Force Historical Research Agency (USAF)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
- Catherine D. Scott, ed., Aeronautics and Space Flight Collections (1985) New York: Hayworth Press, “United States Air Force Historical Collection” Lloyd H. Cornett, Jr., contributing author
- Dysart, Mary Dixie (2012). "The Archives at the Air Force Historical Research Agency" (PDF). Maxwell Air Force Base: Air Force Historical Research Agency. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 September 2016.
- "U.S. Air Force History Office". www.colby.edu. Retrieved 20 April 2022.