Areas and Topics of Study
Applicants may suggest study projects, or the staff of the Marine Corps History Division or National Museum of the Marine Corps can provide guidance for selection of an appropriate topic. The researcher has considerable latitude in choosing a topic, encompassing such diverse topics as wars, institutions, organization and administration, policy, biography, civil affairs and civic action, civil-military relations, weaponry and technology, manpower, training and education, strategy, tactics, and logistics, as well as the interaction of diplomatic, political, economic, social and intellectual trends affecting American military affairs during peace and war. Research may also deal with museum curatorial fields such as exhibit design, military art, ordinance uniforms, equipment, aviation and other related topics. The program gives preference to projects covering the pre-1991 period where records are declassified or can be most readily declassified and made available to scholars. Research must result in a finite product which directly furthers or illuminates some aspect of the history of the Marine Corps. Examples include articles for professional journals, publishable monographs or essays, bibliographies, works of art, museum displays or dioramas.