Collection Facts

8257 items
Dates of Original: 
c. 1900 - 1950
NYH Topic Area(s):

Historical Context

The 15th New York National Guard, also known as the 369th Regiment, was the first African-American regiment of World War I and were part of both World Wars. The Regiment was also nicknamed the “Harlem Hellfighters” and aided in changing the American view on future African-American military members.

Scope of Collection

This collection contains images of identification cards during World War I and World War II eras. These cards were made when men enlisted into the 15th New York National Guard, the African-American Regiment raised out of New York City.

These approximately 11,000 cards range in date from just after World War One (where the unit served under the French as the 369th Infantry Regiment) to 1949 when the military was integrated under President Truman. Each card captures information such as name, address, rank, occupation, age, height, and place of birth.