Tip of the Week: Researching the Soldiers’ Home
Occasionally we receive requests for access to the Armed Forces Retirement Home (aka Soldiers’ Home)archives. While we, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a non-profit organization, have an agreement with the Home to steward President Lincoln’s Cottage, we are not their repository for archival materials.
Since the Armed Forces Retirement Home is a federal agency, their records are housed at the National Archives and Records Administration. http://www.archives.gov/. Record Group 231 at the National Archives contains the majority of the archival records of the Home, including the historic Board Meeting minutes that contain a wealth of information about the residents, the workings of the Home, and major staffing changes. For more information, visit: http://www.archives.gov/.