Historical Collections

AOSHS Archive Historical Collections

Explore the collections
You are welcome to arrange a visit to the AOSHS Archives.  Contact the AOSHS Office for information.  The email address is aoshsoffice@sbcglobal.net.
The Dorothy Cox Collection
The archives have just received over 1,200 pounds of memorabilia, artifacts and curios collected from around the world.
Thank you from Dr. Donna Alvah
AOSHS has received a signed copy of Dr. Alvah’s new book: Unofficial Ambassadors, American Military Families Oversease and the Cold War 1946-1965.
Travel Book Donation Request
Do you have overseas travel books that cover subjects such as foreign travel, countries, cities, museums, castles, etc?  Consider sending them to the AOSHS Mary Muehring Library.
School Memorabilia
Boxes arrive weekly full of photos, school records, trophies, awards, news clippings, yearbooks, pennants, class rings, written and videotaped histories, even a suite of armor that was a school mascot. The AOSHS Archives must catalog them all in order to preserve the history they reflect.
Thanksgiving at Argonner Elementary School
This picture of Thanksgiving at Argonner ES is one of many images in the AOSHS Archives.
Overseas Educator Database
The database in these databases is critical to gathering and preserving the history of American education overseas.
Both the documentary, BRATS: Our Journey Home by Donna Musil and the A&E Biography of Shaquille O’Neal used the AOSHS Archives for their research.
Berlin Wall Section
Donated by the Berlin Brats alumni group, the 12 foot section of the Wall is on display at the Museum of World Treasures in Wichita.

School Yearbooks
AOSHS Archives house a number of overseas school yearbooks and yearbook CDs.

Museum of World Treasures (Wichita, Kansas)
Items from the AOSHS Archives are currently on display. The display changes every six months.
Oral Histories
AOSHS videotapes interviews with overseas educators and students.  These tapes are available to researchers through the AOSHS Archive.
Written Stories – Memories
Viewers of the AOSHS website are encouraged to submit their overseas experiences on different themes.  These primary sources are available to researchers online.
Visit the Archives
You are invited to visit the Archives in Wichita to view the memorabilia collections or to do research.
Overseas Student Artwork
AOSHS has received a large and historically significant collection of student artwork from Jim McGrath, retired DoDDS teacher and administrator.  We need more pieces from Iceland, UK, Bahrain, France and all the Mediterranean schools.
Panama Canal Zone info needed
We have school lists for Panama, but no history.
T-shirts Wanted
AOSHS is collecting alumni group/school t-shirts to add to the Overseas Brats collection in the archives.
Closing schools send collections
Please contact AOSHS about sending memorabilia if your school is scheduled to close. We want to preserve the history! See address below.
Do you have memorabilia to add to the collection?
Send it to the AOSHS archives.  The address is
Attn:  Archives
704 West Douglas Avenue
Wichita, KS 67203
Vista Mare Elementary School, LaMaddalena, Italy