I hope you will consider contributing items to the AAF Collection. It is a great way to share historical and educational information about the Army Air Forces during World War II.
Contributing an item is fairly easy. The hardest part is creating an electronic, or digital, copy of your item. Whether it is a book, magazine, newspaper, document, postcard or photograph, you must be able to create an image of each page of the item. You can do this using a scanner, or a digital camera.
First, please ensure the item is in your physical possession. The curator cannot add electronic copies of items you obtained from other sources and websites. If you find such items and feel they should also be in the AAF Collection, please notify the curator, who will create a link to the original website.
Second, check that your item is not already in the collection. Click the View Items button and choose to List Items by Item Title. Or, if you know the air field, or the unit or class number, you can Browse the Collection for that information. If you find a similar item, but the class or unit number is different, be sure to check for other items in the same series. There will be a link to view the series if available.
Third, check for pending items in the collection. The item may have already been contributed, but it’s not yet available to view. Click the View Items button and choose Summarize by Pending Items. (Or, click here.)
If you find that your item is already in the collection, you may still wish to contribute it. If your copy is of better quality, or it is different in some way, then it may be worth your effort to submit it. For instance your copy might have signatures or interesting annotations not in the current copy.
Finally, you should be aware of some caveats. Basically, you won’t be paid for your contribution and it will be available free to anyone who visits the AAF Collection website. See Contribution Caveats for details.
Once you have the image files, upload them to the AAF Collection website. The curator will take your image files and create a Portable Document Format (PDF) file and post it on the website for everyone to view.
For help on scanning an item, see How-To: Scan Items.
For help on photographing an item, see How-To: Photograph Items.
To upload your image files, see How-To: Upload Items.
Note: If you have specific items you would like to donate, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Although this blog entry was posted years ago, the information is still up to date.