A core mission of the BGES is to preserve and present archival material of significance to current and future researchers. While we will not be the ultimate repository for such work we assist in assembly and placement. This project currently has two objectives–assist Mr. Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, in placing his personal archives in a central repository at the Marine Corps University Library in Quantico, Virginia as well as video and audio tapes of his presentations (with transcripts and finding aids) in the same repository.
The second project is to conserve, transcribe and present the archives of BGES’ tours, symposia and other educational products in an accessible and researchable form. This includes all BGES’ work since its inception in 1994. The tapes represent tours of over 400 battlefields and are the finest contemporary interpretation of those sites in the late 20th and early 21st century.
We are working with the USMC to get the archives open for public research in 2012. For questions about the archives, contact Dr. Jim Ginther at The General Gray Research Center, phone: 703-784-4685. You can use this link to download a pdf Finding aid for the Ed Bearss Archives at Quantico. (This is a 70 page, 17 megabyte, printable, pdf document.)