John Lester and Robert Charles DeRimsingeur in their dugout headquarters on the Anzio beachhead in Italy, April 1944. Photograph by George Holton.

Research Appointments

Research appointments are required to view the archival collections on weekdays between 9:30-4:30 at our reading room in New York City. The appointments must be made no less than two weeks in advance, and are based on our availability. Your appointment request should include a list of archival collections needed for research, the type of project and outcome (such as if this will result in a publication), and the reason for an on-site visit.

Please read through our Rules Governing Use of Archival Material, which includes information regarding our camera policy, prior to your scheduled appointment.

Request an Appointment

Finding Aids

Learn more about the collections available in the AFS Archives through our finding aids, which were created to facilitate the discovery of unique archival material during your research process. The AFS finding aids can be searched by record group (either World War I, World War I, or the AFS Association and AFS Fellowships for French Universities), collection title, subject keyword, or creator.

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Remote Reference

The AFS Archives staff may be able to provide thirty minutes of complimentary reference for researchers who are unable to visit the New York City reading room, based on our availability. Due to the high volume of reference requests we receive, it may take the Archives staff several weeks to respond to your inquiry.

AFS Archives staff are happy to provide reference photocopies or scans of non-restricted material to remote researchers, though payment by cash or check is required in advance.  Photocopies are $0.75/page and JPEG reference scans are $15.00/scan.

Submit a Remote Reference Request

Use Policy

The collections in the AFS Archives can be used for personal reference and within the guidelines of U.S. Fair Use (17 U.S.C., Section 107.) Discover how and when you can use the archival collections for publication or display through our Use Policy.

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Banner image: Dot Field, Norman Jefferys, and Lillian Gordon in the AFS office on Beaver Street (New York City) during World War II. All items are courtesy of the Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs, and cannot be reproduced outside the guidelines of U.S. Fair Use ( (17 U.S.C.,Section 107) without advance permission.