The Museum's superb military collections document the history of the men and women of the armed forces of the United States. The collections include ordnance, firearms, and swords; uniforms and insignia; national and military flags and banners; and many other objects.
The strength of the collections lies in their enormous depth. Some 3,000 military small arms and 2,400 civilian firearms document the mechanical and technological history of the infantryman's weapons from the beginning of the gunpowder era to the present. Among the 4,000 swords and knives in the collection are many spectacular presentation pieces. The collections also include Civil War era telegraph equipment, home front artifacts from both world wars, early computers such as ENIAC, Whirlwind, and Sage, and materials carried at antiwar demonstrations.
- Continuous roll of 10 sketches by Harvey Dunn, official artist with the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) during World War I. Depicted on the scroll from left to right are the following sketches: 1) "Cunel" A charcoal sketch showing dead horses and howitzer at left foreground and soldiers advancing towards a house at top center. 2) A rough charcoal sketch showing a soldier lying dead at left foreground and soldiers firing as they advance at top center background. 3) "Seichsprey / 26th Division / May 16th / 1918" A color crayon sketch showing a bunker in the middle of a cemetery. A soldier stands at the entrance of the bunker, surrounded by tombstones. 4) A color crayon sketch showing a village street. Civilians stand among the white buildings with brown roofs. 5) A color crayon sketch showing a woman sitting on a chair next to a building in the middle of a village street. 6) Color crayon sketch showing a horse and wagon in front of a building at left. A man is standing by the wagon and another is visible walking down the street at right. 7) Color crayon sketch of a village street. Three connected buildings are shown at center and right with white walls and brown and green roofs. Part of a fourth building is visible at left. 8) "Seichprey / May 16th" A color crayon sketch showing six American soldiers standing in a trench at foregound. The soldiers at left are looking toward a village visible in the distance. 9) Watercolor and charcoal sketch showing an American soldier running through a yellow field with a revolver in his right hand. A line of trees is visible in the background. 10) "Our Heavies / on the Marne - July 23, 1918" A watercolor and charcoal sketch showing a gun crew in yellow with two big guns. The men are in the middle of a green field with two trees. They are pointing the guns toward the left distance.
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- Dunn, Harvey Thomas
- Dunn, Harvey Thomas
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