Jared Ash is Slavic and Special Collections Librarian at the Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He was previously Curator and Librarian of Special Collections at the Newark Public Library and Curator of the Judith Rothschild Foundation. He has written for Art Documentation, Central Booking and publications by MoMA and the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Things Paper Carries: The Combat Paper Project

Drew Cameron and Drew Matott, Breaking Rank (2007), pulp stencil print on handmade paper from military uniforms, 29 x 51 inches. Courtesy Drew Cameron.

Why can’t our veterans see themselves as we see them—luminous in their service and lucky to have the rest of their lives ahead of them? Why can’t they leave the war behind? The truth, of course, is that warriors bring their war home with them, not like a tan acquired on holiday but like a secret they wish they hadn’t been told. —Robert Emmet Meagher

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