The Archives

Most of the paintings and drawings done by the combat artists of WWII can be found in the Army, Navy, and Marine archives in Washington, D.C.

Army Combat Art

The U.S. Army Center for Military History, in Downtown Washington D.C., holds thousands of paintings created by Army artists from the Civil War through Desert Storm.

The collections from Yank Magazine and Life Magazine combat artists are now also part of this archive, as are some of the paintings from the Abbott Laboratories collection that concerned the army.

More information about the center can be found at their Web site:


Navy Combat Art

The Navy Art Gallery, at the Washington Navy Yard, houses and displays the works of Navy painters, including hundereds by the Navy's WWII combat artists. Special highlights of their collection include works created by the great American artist Thomas Hart Benton and paintings and drawings by Abbott Laboratories artists, including Kerr Eby.

You can find specific information about visiting the gallery and view their online art exhibits at:


Department of the Navy - Navy Historical Center
805 Kidder Breese SE -- Washington Navy Yard
Washington, D.C. 20374-5060
Phone: (202) 433-3815
Fax: (202) 433-5635

Marine Combat Art

The Marine Corps Museum, also at the Washington Navy Yard, is curated by Lt. John T. Dyer, who was himself a combat artist in Vietnam. The museum has exhibits chronicling the history of the Marine Corps as well as an extensive collection of the work of the artists who worked with the Marine Corps Combat Correspondents during WWII.

U.S. Marine Corps Museum
901 M. St SE
Bldg. 58- Marine Corps Historical Center
Washington, D.C.
(202) 433-3840

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