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Auxiliary Artifacts

The History Branch (Special Projects) and Coast Guard Curator's Office Need Your Auxiliary Uniforms, Flags, Insignia and Other Non-Print Official Items and Personal Memorabilia.

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Our collection of Auxiliary Artifacts is administered by the curator of the Coast Guard. Items can be loaned for exhibits, as is done with the Coast Guard artifacts.  If you have Coast Guard Auxiliary artifacts that you would like to donate, these items need to be evaluated and sent to the Coast Guard Exhibit Center in Maryland.  We also encourage Auxiliary members who are artists to apply to the Coast Guard Art Program (see separate link).  Under this program, paintings are donated as artifacts and become a permanent part of the Coast Guard?s art collection.  Subject matter can include Auxiliary historical and contemporary events and scenes.  Nonmember artists may also be encouraged to apply.

The major artifacts we are seeking are:

  • Auxiliary uniforms, particularly khaki, whites, and formal in matched sets with hats; also women's uniforms, including summer ones
  • Auxiliary flight suits that have specific Auxiliary insignia
  • Old distinctive patrol signs, especially those for regatta patrols are needed
  •  Flags are in short supply (it would be nice to develop a collection of District flags)
  •  High level awards received by members such as plaque of merit awards
  •  Personal memorabilia include tasteful commemorative items from national conferences or other events, such as menus, programs, and glasses
  • Professionally constructed training aids, such as boat light exhibits and/or boat and docking/mooring models with cleats and bits
All items should be in good, clean condition.

A letter of donation must accompany the material which describes it, who the former owner was with an accompanying donation letter to you from the member or member's family, and a listing of the items being donated.  In the list or letter provide the best description possible of what the items are, when they were in use and for what purpose, and their significance for permanent preservation.  Brief biographical information on the member should be provided that includes:

  •    dates of birth and death
  •    dates of membership
  •    offices and qualifications held
  •    awards received (with citations)
  •    family contact information
  •    plus any press items on the person

Similar information should be provided for a unit.  Have your District Historian contact the Coast Guard Curator, first, to let him know what you would like to send.  He can then assess its importance.

Visit the USCG "Artifacts Near You" webpage a http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg092/artifacts/docs/artifactnearyou.asp.

The Coast Guard Curator will make these materials available on a carefully accounted for loan basis to museums and other reputable institutions for exhibits that feature Auxiliary history.  She will also loan Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary items for local exhibits.

The Coast Guard's National Curatorial Services Program is directed by the History Office of Headquarters in Washington, DC.  The program is operated by the Coast Guard Curator and the Coast Guard Collections Manager.  The mission of the program is to ensure the proper collection, preservation, security, accountability and educational use of the Coast Guard's historically significant artifacts and art.  Curatorial Services also manages the Coast Guard's artifact loan program.