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Duties of the Squadron Historian
Ref: CAPP 223, Historian Specialty Track Study Guide
The squadron historian assists the commander on all squadron-level historical matters, including recommending policies and procedures relating to the historical function and the preservation and promotion of the squadron’s history.
The squadron historian will:
- Create or edit the unit’s collections policy for the acquisition, organization, preservation, disposition and use of documents and artifacts that have historical merit.
- Work with other squadron staff to collect documents, newsletters, photographs, etc., that they have created and distributed.
- Collect, organize, preserve and label items of historical significance collected by your unit, according to the guidelines presented in CAP directives. These items may include: documents, uniform(s) and or insignia, objects and equipment, photographs, video, audio recordings, electronic media, reports to legislative and other government bodies and major reports such as SUI and SAR/DR evaluations (if released by a competent authority).
- Maintain an appropriate place to store unit archives and artifacts that is safe from pilferage, fire, dampness and excessive heat.
- Conduct and document oral history interviews of local members, as directed in CAPP 6.
- Prepare the annual squadron history. This should be written to the standards outlined in CAPP 5 and CAPR 210-1. A copy should be filed with your unit records, distributed to the unit commander, and forwarded to the group historian and the California Wing Historian.
- Share and promote your unit’s accomplishments and heritage with squadron members, through presentations, newsletter articles, bulletin board displays, etc.
- Work with your unit webmaster to make a unit history webpage featuring your unit history, photographs, downloads, and other information highlighting the heritage of your unit.
- Inform the general public about CAP history, through presentations, newspaper articles, displays, etc.).