Our documents cover a wealth of personal experience and testimony, both British and foreign, as well official records.

Private Papers

IWM holds almost 20,000 individual collections of important private papers, principally comprising unpublished diaries, letters and memoirs written primarily by British and Commonwealth servicemen since 1914 and by civilians during the two world wars. We also hold documents from victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

Foreign and Related Documents

We also look after a large collection of foreign documents, including the official British records of the major war crimes trials conducted at Nuremberg and Tokyo, together with related documents from the Second World War which mainly concern the German and Japanese war efforts.

Foreign Documents Factsheet

Miscellaneous Documents Factsheet

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