Since 2007, in addition to audio-visual and other documentary materials, the National Museum of Contemporary History holds photographs that make up the majority of the Personal Heritage Collection about Littoral Slovenians who were conscripted into the Italian Army under fascism. Most of the photographs depict conscription, military exercises, battlefields, victims, people’s struggle to survive, scenes of eating, portraits, leisure activities, landscape motifs, people and architecture, revealing the experiences of Littoral Slovenes in the geographical areas ranging from their native Primorska (the Slovene Littoral) to the entire Apennine Peninsula, as well as in Sicily and Sardinia, Libya, Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia, Spain, Albania, France, Greece, and the Soviet Union.
The Personal Heritage Collection includes original photographs donated to the museum by individuals who have not released their copyright, as well as reproductions.
Unknown author, Among African tribes, Slovenes from the Slovene Littoral serving in the Italian army, Stane Žvanut in the middle, Baidoa, Somalia, 12 April 1936.
Unknown author, Outside the Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio, Slovenes from the Slovene Littoral serving as the special forces in the Italian army, among them Tone Štavar and Franc Česnik, L'Aquila in Abruzzo, Italy, 1943.
Unknown author, Slovenes from the Slovene Littoral, former Italian soldiers in captivity during a mass in Slovenian, offered by Father Jozafat Ambrožič, British El Tahag camp near Alexandria, Egypt, December 1942. Inv. no.: OZ67-CK.
Unknown author, Italian soldiers in the desert, among them Slovenes from the Slovene Littoral serving in the Italian army, Libya, 1925. Inv. no.: OZ23-IJ.
Unknown author, A group of Slovenes from the Slovene Littoral and Croats, former Italian soldiers, prisoners and members of the US Army, first on the right Slavko Koren, France, 1944/1945. Inv. no.: OZ4-SK.