Collecting WWII U.S. Army uniforms
Caughran, Mary Kathryn
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Individuals have collected artifacts for thousands of years. Collections can include anything from traditional paintings to china to pop culture artifacts to military uniforms. Museums and similar institutions collect based on a mission statement. Private collectors, however, are motivated by individual goals, desires and tastes. World War II was a global conflict with far-reaching influence and a lasting impact on humanity. It also motivated the collecting of objects and associated memorabilia by private collectors. The objectives of this research were to analyze the motivations of a private collector of World War II U.S. Army uniforms, to understand the purchasing practices of this collector, to catalogue artifacts in his collection, and to create a checklist of suggested guidelines for future collectors of World War II Army uniforms.