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MCRD Museum Reference Center

The Command Museum Reference Center is open to all, but in order to be a patron, our holdings must have materials on your topic. If we do not, we will refer you to another source. To ensure that the appropriate staff member, research materials and other resources will be available, appointments are highly recommended. There is no charge to use the collections. Due to limited staffing, reference assistance, rather than in-depth research, is provided to patrons who visit, call, or send written inquiries. The Command Museum Reference Center does not maintain individual military records. Researchers are required to comply with the Reference Center Policy and Research Appointment Guidelines.

Please let the Historian know the nature of your research and which collections you plan on using.   The more information you can provide, the better service the Historian can provide you.  Researchers may use the copier to photocopy printed materials but may be required to provide their own paper if the numbers of the copies exceeds 20 and/or if the original is larger than letter-size. Researchers may bring their own scanners and computers. To schedule an appointment, call 610-524-6720 or email the Historian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

General Rules

  • Reference Center resources are reference-only. Materials can only be used in the Reference Center, only during hours of operation and may not be borrowed or removed from the Reference Center.
  • For security reasons and because some of our collections contain PII or are FOUO, patrons are not permitted to browse through the collections. The historian will bring requested materials to you. Patrons will be limited to one item or folder at a time and will be required to sign for each item or folder they are using.  Before requesting additional materials, all signed-out materials must be returned. Patrons will not reshelf the materials themselves.
  • All personal belongings will be placed away from the reference table.
  • Pens, highlighters and pressure sensitive notes are not allowed. Notes may be taken on single sheets of paper or in a note book. Pencils will be supplied.
  • Patrons may bring their own cameras, computers or scanners. If items are in poor or fragile condition they cannot be scanned. Tripods and camera stands are not permitted.
  • Patrons may use the copier to photocopy a limited number of pages. Manuscript materials cannot be placed in the document feeder. Each sheet must be copied individually. If items are in poor or fragile condition they cannot be photocopied. If a large number of copies is anticipated or the original is larger than letter- size, patrons will have to supply their own paper.
  • Patrons must provide their own DVDs, or flash drives.
  • No food or beverages may be consumed in the reference center. There is a drinking fountain down the hall and an area in the PX where food may be eaten. No smoking or vaping.
  • Cell phones must be silenced and no calls can be made or taken in the reference center.
  • The Depot’s Animal Policy permits service animals required because of a disability and which have been specially trained to assist with that disability, but pets and emotional support animals are not allowed.
  • We reserve the right to ask patrons to leave if rules are not followed.


Monday and Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Tuesday - Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

It is not open on Saturday or any time that the Historian is not available


Phone: (619) 524-6720
DSN: 524-6720
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Mail: AC/S G-3
        Attn: Command Museum Historian
        1600 Henderson Ave., Ste 112
        San Diego, CA 92140-5000