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Douglas Pike Collection: Unit 03 - The Press and the War (226) Finding Aid
Item Number: 2260000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

This sub-series deals with the role of the press during the war from varying perspectives. Articles cover the impact of television, performance of the media, government/press relations, captured journalist accounts. Some post war material dealing with the impact of the media on public opinion. This section contains material on the role of the media in Vietnam from a variety of perspectives . Much of the printed materials examines issues such as the impact of television, the conflict between the Government and the Press, and the Journalist's perspective.

Added: 29 Jun 2004[Updated: 11 Mar 2013]
Ben L. Harrison Collection (2149) Finding Aid
Item Number: 21490000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Less than one linear foot of unit histories of the 10th Combat Aviation Battalion from 1965-1967 and a report written by L. R. Rosengrant concerning the impact of Ben L. Harrison's personality on the training of the 10th Combat Aviation Battalion while he was commander of the battalion in the mid-1960s.

Added: 30 Oct 2008[Updated: 23 Jan 2009]
Peter Rollins Collection (909) Finding Aid
Item Number: 9090000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Photograph of Professor Nguyen Manh Hung from George Mason University. Pre-Production script for Rollins' first show on Vietnam titled 'Television's Vietnam: The Impact of Visual Images'

Added: 26 Oct 2007[Updated: 12 Jun 2013]
Raymond M. Scurfield Collection (1744) Finding Aid
Item Number: 17440000000   (Click For More Item Information)
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Less than one linear foot of videos and books written by Raymond M. Scurfield document various aspects of Scurfield's work with PTSD. One signed copy of A Vietnam Trilogy - Veterans and Post Traumatic Stress: 1968, 1989, 2000 by Raymond Monsour Scurfield details the impact of war on veterans from a psychiatric, psychological, social and cultural perspective, both during and decades after the war; One signed copy of Volume 3 of A Vietnam Trilogy- War Trauma: Lessons Learned from Vietnam to Iraq by Raymond Monsour Scurfield; A three video series of Journey of Healing: An Outpatient PTSD Therapy Group with Veterans of Three Wars with accompanying monograph booklet of PTSD therapy project administered by Scurfield; One book titled Healing Journeys: Study Abroad with Vietnam Veterans, volume two of Scurfield's Vietnam trilogy, 2006.

Added: 21 Apr 2006[Updated: 26 Mar 2012]
Nguyen Viet Duc Collection (1747) Finding Aid
Item Number: 17470000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Two copies of Nguyen Viet Duc's book, entitled Healing the Inner Wounds from the Wars in Vietnam: The Impact of Wars on Humanities. The book documents Dr. Nguyen's model of treatment for Vietnamese refugees who still suffer psychologically from the years of turmoil and conflict in Vietnam. One book is signed by the author to Steve Maxner, Deputy Director of the Vietnam Archive.

Added: 28 Mar 2006[Updated: 28 Mar 2006]
Andreas Achteresch Collection (1845) Finding Aid
Item Number: 18450000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Less than one linear foot of documents comprised of a thesis written by Andreas Achteresch titled American News on the Vietnam War and Their Impact on the American Public Opinion. This thesis examines the role of the American Media on Public Opinion during the Vietnam War.

Added: 10 Aug 2006[Updated: 10 Aug 2006]
Reverend James Haney Collection (101) Finding Aid
Item Number: 1010000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Less than one linear foot of Navy orders, reports, correspondence, manuscript materials, handbooks, news articles and maps of Southeast Asia document Reverend James Haney's service as a Navy Chaplain, 1964-1972. The bulk of the documents are dated from the war era and include the following items of note: construction plans for building a church in Vietnam, a biography of Haney's friend Dang Ngoc Cang, a Vietnamese pastor, an evacuation handbook for 1975, and a memo on the My Lai #4 hamlet of Song My village.

Added: 05 Dec 2001[Updated: 03 Mar 2006]
Gerald Ney Collection (159) Finding Aid
Item Number: 1590000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Less than one linear foot of articles, documents, and transcripts document Gerald Ney's interest in various aspects of the Vietnam Conflict and veterans issues. Most of the materials date from 1999 and 2000.

Collection: Gerald Ney Collection

Added: 07 Dec 2001[Updated: 13 Mar 2006]
Victoria McLure Collection (1133) Finding Aid
Item Number: 11330000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Recordings of war songs, photographs, a newspaper clipping, a dedication program the cultural impact of the Vietnam War, early collection development of the Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech University, and the dedication of the Lincoln Parish Veterans' Memorial in Ruston, Louisiana. An undated audiotape contains war songs such as, 'Battle Hymn of Lt. Calley,' 'Wake Up America,' 'Buffalo Soldier,' and 'Til We Bring Our Johnnies Home Again.' Undated photographs depict the veterans' memorial in Ruston, Louisiana.

Added: 07 Apr 2003[Updated: 06 Apr 2006]
Harry Robertson Collection (2189) Finding Aid
Item Number: 21890000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Approximately seven linear feet of files concerning the crash of a C-5A Galaxy aircraft during Operation Babylift on 4 April 1975 near Saigon, during the closing days of the Vietnam War, killing 144 of the 301 passengers aboard. Most of those killed were Vietnamese orphans being airlifted out of Vietnam as this was the maiden voyage of Operation Babylift. The collection primarily contains court records and transcripts concerning the subsequent lawsuit filed by Friends For all Children, Inc. vs. Lockheed Aircraft Corporation contending that Lockheed, the manufacturer of the aircraft, was liable for the diagnostic examination costs of the children on board the flight. The organization of the collection follows the chronological order of the case. Box 1 contains the initial military investigations of the crash and the early consultations with the aviation exports for the law suit. Box 2 to Box 5 are the depositions and exhibitions from eyewitness, aviation exports, pediatricians, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation representatives, and etc. Box 6 and 7 are oversize boxes contain oversize deposition and technical reports.

Added: 02 Jul 2014[Updated: 27 Jan 2017]
Soviet Army Studies Office Collection (1610) Finding Aid
Item Number: 16100000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Reproductions of articles, book chapters, and reports document the work and concerns of the Soviet Army Studies Office at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Added: 07 Jul 2005[Updated: 24 Mar 2006]
Gary Larsen Collection (1960) Finding Aid
Item Number: 19600000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

One and a half linear feet contain reports and articles covering a variety of topics including agricultural, economic, and rural developments in South Vietnam, the Hoa Hao Sect, Montagnard Tribal groups, Viet Cong Infrastructure, and Re-Education camps.

Added: 30 Jul 2007[Updated: 11 Apr 2016]
Douglas Pike Collection: Unit 07 - Bibliography (235) Finding Aid
Item Number: 2350000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Unit 7 of the Douglas Pike Collection contains Vietnam and Southeast Asia-related material of a bibliographic nature. The collection is divided into five sections: Book Review, arranged by the first initial of the author's last name; Publisher's Notes on books, arranged by the first initial of the author's last name; multiple book lists; Periodicals; Collection Lists; Audio-Visual Lists; and, Miscellaneous. This collection examines the dramatic impact the Vietnam War has produced on various media in the United States and World markets. There are approximately nineteen linear feet of material in this collection. The material is in good-excellent condition, the majority of which is in english.

Added: 07 Jan 2002[Updated: 28 Mar 2017]
Contemporary Historical Examination of Current Operations (CHECO) Reports of Southeast Asia (1961-1975) (039) Finding Aid
Item Number: 0390000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Project CHECO was begun in 1962 under the direction of the Air Force chief of staff to compile, document, analyze, and report on a timely basis the new tactics, forces, techniques, materials and methods being employed by the Air Force in Southeast Asia. The collection consists of 232 reports covering all major Air Force Operations during the Vietnam Conflict. These reports were produced from documentation at hand during the war and were the primary documents employed by the Air Force to evaluate its effectiveness in Vietnam. Please note that the Vietnam Archive owns one complete set of the microfilm for this collection (DS557.4 .C67) located in the basement of the Main Library.

Added: 02 Nov 2001[Updated: 03 May 2019]
Henry J. Kenny Collection (2193) Finding Aid
Item Number: 21930000000   (Click For More Item Information)
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Approximately one linear foot of slides, photographs, and documents from Henry J. Kenny's tour of duty in Vietnam and his work with the U.S. House Select Committee on Missing Persons in Southeast Asia, including the committee's trip to Southeast Asia in December 1975, and Dr. Kenny's trip to Vietnam in 1977 with Leonard Woodcock, President of United Auto Workers, for President Jimmy Carter's Presidential Commission on POW/MIA issues, also known as the Woodcock Commission.

Added: 25 Oct 2011[Updated: 17 Aug 2018]
Bruce Jacobs Collection (1441) Finding Aid
Item Number: 14410000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Government and non-government publications relating to Vietnam collected by Major General Jacobs

Added: 05 Oct 2004[Updated: 14 Oct 2010]
Larry Flanagan Collection (088) Finding Aid
Item Number: 0880000000   (Click For More Item Information)
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Over six linear feet of USOM documents, newspaper clippings, books, periodicals, and newsletters detail the economy and industry in Southeast Asia since the Vietnam war. Also included is material related to USARV training and refugee training abroad. These materials document Larry Flanagan's twenty-one year military career, his career with the Foreign Service, and his his service with the United States Operation Mission (USOM). Items of note in this collection are several Vietnamese language military drills, four Montagnard baskets, and USARV Pamphlet number 621-1: Noi Tieng Viet (Speak Vietnamese).

Added: 05 Dec 2001[Updated: 01 Mar 2019]
Basil Rauch Collection (253) Finding Aid
Item Number: 2530000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Approximately 14 linear feet of books, maps, museum objects, microforms, personal papers, documents from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and other foreign archives, government-related publications, miscellaneous publications, photocopied books, and photocopied journal articles document the various research topics of Basil Rauch, who specialized in the studying Franklin Roosevelt's presidency. The materials center primarily on American diplomatic and military history involving Vietnam during the Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower Administrations. Thus the dates of the materials begin around 1939 and end around 1983 with the bulk of the materials discussing the situation in Vietnam from World War II through the early 1960s. The materials are primarily in the English language, though there are documents in both Vietnamese and French.
Various preservation photocopies have been made for the original materials due to their poor condition upon arrival at the Vietnam Archive.

Added: 07 Dec 2001[Updated: 05 May 2011]
Viet-Nam Documents and Research Notes Collection (315) Finding Aid
Item Number: 3150000000   (Click For More Item Information)
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Approximately one linear foot of Southern Viet Cong and North Vietnamese captured documents and translated texts detail various issues related to the Vietnam Conflict. These materials were collected and produced by the United States Mission in Vietnam and date primarily from the war period.

Added: 05 Nov 2001[Updated: 12 Jun 2006]
Ron Bernthal Collection (1859) Finding Aid
Item Number: 18590000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

97 books, both non-fiction and fiction, document various aspects of the Vietnam War. The materials date from the post-war era.

Added: 20 Feb 2007[Updated: 27 Feb 2007]
Van Michael Davidson Collection (1254) Finding Aid
Item Number: 12540000000   (Click For More Item Information)
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Photocopied articles and clippings, correspondence with Secretary of the Navy James Webb, Presidents Nixon and Reagan and other government officials; Information on Vietnam Veterans memorial fund, 1981; Information on Louisiana Vietnam Veterans Memorial fund, 1984-1986; unpublished manuscript: A Journey to Geneva, A Vietnam Memoir by Van Davidson (2000); Legacies of Vietnam: Comparative Adjustment of Veterans and their peers, March 1981; letter to Peter Braestrup (January 16, 1985); and a letter from Frank McCarthy (October 1, 1970) detail Davidson's experiences related to Vietnam.

Added: 09 May 2007[Updated: 22 Aug 2017]
Barry & Margaret Zorthian Collection (1759) Finding Aid
Item Number: 17590000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Over 20 Linear feet of photographs, audio cassettes, audio reels, video reels, VHS and videocassette tapes, periodicals, books, maps, posters, museum artifacts, oral history transcripts, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, official military records and reports, bibliographies, PSYOP guides, pamphlets, booklets, congressional hearings and committee reports, correspondence and handwritten NYU notebooks document the life of Barry Zorthian, his service as Director of JUSPAO during the Vietnam conflict from 1964-1968, his service as the Program Director for Voice of America, and his life after the war. Materials date from the 1940's through 2000's and relate to US Psychological Operations during the Vietnam Conflict, press relations with the military during and after the conflict, press relations during Operation Desert Storm and the War on Terror in Iraq, and Armenian history.

Added: 01 Jun 2007[Updated: 08 Dec 2015]
Herbert Schandler Collection (266) Finding Aid
Item Number: 2660000000   (Click For More Item Information)
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Two folders of documents and articles authored by Herbert Schandler and reviews of his materials document Herbert Schandler's service in the US Military during the Vietnam Conflict and his post-war research and publications about the war. Most materials date from the late war-era period and the post-war period and include reviews of Schandler's book, The Unmaking of a President: Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam .

Added: 05 Jan 2002[Updated: 03 Feb 2010]
Joseph V. Potter Collection (1299) Finding Aid
Item Number: 12990000000   (Click For More Item Information)
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General William C. Westmoreland's Brigadier General's 'Quarters Flag' and a copy of Survivors: Vietnam POWs Tell Their Stories by Zalin Grant (1975, 1994) comprise the Potter collection. Excerpt from the Spring 2008 edition of the Town of Coventry Newsletter announces the dedication of the Connecticut Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Approximately half a linear foot of articles, books, clippings, DVDs, and a periodical donated to the Vietnam Archive by Joseph Potter concerning a variety of topics including the war in Laos and the plight of the Hmong after the war. The collection also includes The Forward Air Controllers Association FAC History Book (May 2004).

Added: 08 Mar 2004[Updated: 28 Jan 2019]
Douglas Pike Collection: Unit 02 - Military Operations (213) Finding Aid
Item Number: 2130000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

The contents of this unit are reportorial in nature covering the day to day events of the war from the perspective of combat operations. The tone of these materials is to relate what happened on the battlefields of Vietnam with little analysis as to why certain policies were followed or how successfully they were pursued.. Since combat operations are conducted in an arena influenced by political and diplomatic factors, a certain amount of attention has been devoted to these subjects as well. Here again, however, the goal is more to report such events and their relationship to field operations rather than to analyze them. Primarily, the items in this unit consist of US, North and South Vietnamese journalistic, government, and academic reports and studies which offer narratives of battlefield operations. This unit consists of 35 boxes and is broken down in into two parts. The first, Boxes 1-28, contains contemporary accounts of battlefield events. These materials span the years 1945-1975, with the bulk during the 1961-75 time period. They are indexed at the folder level in this finding aid. Boxes 29-35 house retrospective materials covering the same events, published between 1975 and 1994. These retrospective materials are not indexed in this finding aid. According to the system which Douglas Pike set up in the original collection, each year's files are broken into two catagories. The first is General Files and the second is a group of chronological files. The General Files are found at the beginning of the arrangement for the files of each individual year and are labelled as such. Pike's original idea was to put overview documentation's or grand studies of the year's major events in these files. However, these events may well be covered in the chronological files that follow for the time period in question. The difference is that in these later files the material tends to be more, reportorial, fragmented, and journalistic in nature. If one is studying some major event or turning point in the war it behooves the researcher to begin with the general files and work to the chronological. If working on a more minor event or topic, it makes more sense to begin with the chronological files and then turn to the general files for material giving perspective to these events to help the researcher set them within the larger picture of the major events of the war. In describing the Pike Collection, every effort was made to list all significant subjects or materials contained in a file. This was primarily done by thumbing through the folders and making notes as we went. Thus, it may appear to the researcher that subjects have been listed in this finding aid in the order which they appear in the folders. This is not strictly the case. The only accurate statement that can be made about the folder descriptions is that it they reflect the time period listed and subjects given to be contained in the folder. However, just because material on a topic is encountered early in searching the folder, does not mean that there is not similar material at the end. This may be so because the internal arrangement in the folder is chronological, not topical. To help the researcher, there is also a glossary that precedes the section of this guide containing the folder inventories/indexes.

Added: 07 Jan 2002[Updated: 11 Mar 2013]
Douglas Pike Collection: Unit 11 - Monographs (239) Finding Aid
Item Number: 2390000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Unit 11, monographs, of the Douglas Pike Collection contains monographs covering a wide range of topics in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia. The finding aid for this collection is divided into two sections each organizing the collection in a different way. The first section, documents, lists all of the monographs in order with a corresponding document number, providing the researcher easy access to the collection. An index, at the end of the documents section provides a list of key words and phrases that appear in the documents. The numbers in the index correspond to the document number. The second section, category, divides the collection into six distinctive categories and 55 subjects. The table of contents delineates the various categories. There has been some cross-referencing in the category section of the finding aid depending upon the content of the material. There are 12 linear feet of material in Unit 11 and approximately 1000 monographs. . The original collection also contained periodicals, newsletters and books all of which have been removed and placed in their proper location in the archive. The material is in fair to good condition.

Added: 07 Jan 2002[Updated: 29 Mar 2017]
Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. Collection: Agent Orange Studies II (616) Finding Aid
Item Number: 6160000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

The size of this sub-series is approximately 2 linear feet. This sub-series contains published studies about the varying effects of Agent Orange and the difference of opinion surrounding this controversial issue. The studies vary in size from full-length reports to article length discussions. The reports are produced from many sources, such as the Institute of Medicine (IOM), American Medical Association, National Institute of Environmental Health Studies (NIEHS), The Air Force, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), various universities, and independent studies conducted on Vietnam veterans and Vietnamese. This sub-series also contains related correspondence and bibliographies.

Added: 06 Mar 2002[Updated: 13 Apr 2017]
Joel Halpern Collection (100) Finding Aid
Item Number: 1000000000   (Click For More Item Information)
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Four linear feet of newspaper articles, reports, studies, bibliographies, research documents and various primary sources document Joel Halpern's interest in post-war Southeast Asia, particularly in Laos. Some materials were authored by Halpern, some not, though the bulk of both sets of materials center on issues of refugees and cultural and social issues in Southeast Asia. A guide to the John M. Echols Collection at Cornell University is also included. Documents range in date from the war era up through the 1990s.

Added: 05 Dec 2001[Updated: 30 Aug 2010]
Dale W. Andrade Collection (2499) Finding Aid
Item Number: 24990000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Approximately 21 linear feet of military documents, journal articles, news clippings, interview transcripts, correspondence, photographs, maps, and audio records used by Dale Andrade to research his books 'Spies and Commandos: How America Lost the Secret War in North Vietnam', 'America's Last Vietnam Battle: Halting Hanoi's 1972 Easter Offensive' and 'Ashes to Ashes: The Phoenix Program and the Vietnam War'. These materials cover four main subjects: MACV-SOG operations, the 1972 Easter Offensive, the Phoenix program and NAVY special operations like the Seal Team, Underwater Demolition Teams (UTDs), and frogmen. Materials of note are MACV-SOG command histories 1964 - 1970, end of tour and monthly reports for various advisory teams, transcripts of interviews with battle participants from the 1972 Easter Offensive, After Action Reports for numerous battles, materials on the history of the Navy SEALS dating back to World War II, and training materials, reports and analysis of the Phoenix Program.

Added: 04 Apr 2014[Updated: 20 Feb 2018]
John Donnell Collection (072) Finding Aid
Item Number: 0720000000   (Click For More Item Information)
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Approximately 14 linear feet of books, maps, periodicals and manuscript materials document the research interests of Dr. John C. Donnell, PhD during his tenure at Temple University. Topics include the Southeast Asia Development Advisory Group, the insurgency in South Vietnam by the National Liberation Front (Viet Cong), several RAND reports and Simulmatics Corpation interview of Viet Cong suspects. Also included are materials related to the Pacification program, Revolutionary Development and South Vietnam's internal politics, specifically the various religious sects and Buddhist movement. The manuscript section includes newspaper clippings, government documents, and secondary literature. It is organized hierarchically by subject and alphabetized accordingly. The documents within each folder are arranged chronologically. The date range of the materials in the collection, including separated materials, is from the 1940s to the 1990s, though the bulk of the materials come from the 1960s.

Added: 05 Dec 2001[Updated: 10 Aug 2018]
Philip C. Gutzman Collection (2600) Finding Aid
Item Number: 26000000000   (Click For More Item Information)
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Less than a quarter of a linear foot of an essay, a book, and an inclusion in the book. The essay is titled 'General William E, Depuy: His Relief of Subordinates In Combat,' written by Henry G. Cole. The book is 'Dusterman Vietnam: Story of the Last Great Gunfighters: Transcripts from My Vietnam Diary and Memoirs' by Joseph M. Belardo. Joseph Belrado was the United States Army 1st Field Force, Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery, Mobile Combat Team, Body Recovery Combat Attachment to the 3rd Marine Amphibious Force, 3rd Marine Division from August 1967 to August 1968. The inclusion in his book is titled 'Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery- Combat and Body Recovery.'

Also includes approximately 67 linear feet of documents, books, microforms, photographs, slides, moving images, periodicals, and a museum object donated to the archive by Philip C. Gutzman. Gutzman used these materials to write three reference books on the Vietnam War: Vietnam: a Visual Encyclopedia, Vietnam: Naval and Riverine Weapons, and the Dictionary of Military Acronyms. The collection contains excellent reference material on all topics and time periods of the Vietnam War and would be useful for scholars as well as military veterans looking for official military documentation and battle accounts.

The books in the collection contain many useful reference manuals on military weapons and equipment. The documents in the collection cover a wide variety of formats: military reports like Operation Reports – Lessons Learned and After Action Reports, study and analysis papers written by scholars and research institutions like the RAND Corporation, military training documents, special reports, bibliographies, and Department of the Army field manuals. They came from a variety of institutions like the Army War College, the National Archives, the U.S. military, RAND Corporation, the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), and Philip Gutzman’s own service in the Marine Corps and Vietnam War,

These materials cover the time period from the Viet Minh and the First Indochina War through the end of the Vietnam War with the bulk of the material dating from 1960 through 1975. Major topics or subjects covered by these materials are: insurgency/counterinsurgency, Special Forces, prisoners of war, herbicides/defoliation, psychological warfare, tactical air support, tank warfare, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Montagnards and Vietnam’s ethnic minorities, naval and riverine operations, military slang and terminology, Vietnamization, terrorism, the Viet Cong, guerilla warfare, refugees, military weapons and weapons systems, nuclear weaponry, pacification, military medicine and first aid, logistics and support, and reports and analysis of various battles of the Vietnam War.

Added: 20 Jan 2016[Updated: 29 Aug 2019]
Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. Collection: General Subject Files (623) Finding Aid
Item Number: 6230000000   (Click For More Item Information)
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This series is approximately 18 linear feet of paper materials. The general subject files cover a wide array of subjects. Generally, this collection encompasses foreign relations, arms control, military issues, environmental concerns, trips, conferences, various individuals, Transway, and information about Asian countries.

Added: 08 Mar 2002[Updated: 01 May 2017]
Burch Collection (162) Finding Aid
Item Number: 1620000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

This collection contains the records of the National Vietnam Veterans Coalition (NVVC), a Washington, D.C.-based organization involved in advancing the causes of Vietnam veterans at the national level. The NVVC, founded in 1984, had 78 member organizations in the early 1990s which represented 325,000 individuals. Although most of the documents cover the period 1984 - 1995, there are many documents dated earlier, the oldest being 1945. As the NVVC is a coalition of numerous single-issue or regionally-identified organizations, it has of necessity adopted eight broad goals that the member organizations can rally behind. The goals are: the return of all POWs and the full accountability for all MIAs, maximum relief for Agent Orange victims, the appointment of Vietnam veterans to government policymaking positions, the attainment of meaningful job programs for Vietnam veterans, political support for Vietnam vets from the national political parties, to institute judicial review for Veterans Administration decisions, to enhance public recognition of the service of Vietnam veterans and to ensure priority is given to Vietnam veterans for government loans and contracts. This collection provides documentary evidence of not only the NVVC’s work in pursuit of these goals but an insider’s view of the issues themselves. The collection contains in excess of one hundred files of correspondence categorized as POW/MIA, Agent Orange or Coalition correspondence. Twelve files in the collection are specifically marked William T. Bennett. They contain a good deal of correspondence mixed in with other documents which cover the gamut of Vietnam veteran issues.

The collection has, by far, more documents devoted to the POW/MIA controversy than any other single issue. There are 155 files that contain correspondence and news items specifically related to this issue. A large number of other files document specific aspects of this cause, such as those on the Perot Commission, covert rescue attempts, Soviet/U.S. cooperation in locating POWs and MIAs in Vietnam and Afghanistan, and records of congressional hearings. There are also numerous files on individual organizations affiliated with the NVVC whose own efforts on behalf of POW/MIAs are documented. Agent Orange is another important political issue that is extensively documented in the collection.

The Vietnam War and its aftermath has had a tremendous psychological influence on veterans and Americans in general. The NVVC collection is especially valuable as a resource to investigate this phenomenon. It gives “real-life” documentation of the “psychological impact” of the war through correspondence with veterans, government studies and veterans organizations whose sole purpose is helping veterans afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other psychological disorders. Especially noteworthy are the records, of the North(west) Cascade Vietnam Veterans Rap Group which provide extensive documentation of Vietnam veterans’ readjustment difficulties. On the other hand the collection contains significant material which indicates that many veterans had little difficulty adjusting to civilian life. For many of these veterans their efforts are directed at dispelling the negative image that swirls around Vietnam veterans and the war itself. From the struggle to keep President Reagan true to his commitment to account for all the POW/MIAs (his “highest priority”), to efforts to prevent President Clinton from reestablishing diplomatic relations with Vietnam, the NVVC did business at the highest levels of government. The NVVC’s efforts with national politicians are contained in this collection and are represented by personal letters, congressional testimonies, official government publications, and political endorsements.

In the course of its work the NVVC received or created videos and audio-cassettes. These included interviews with coalition leaders, speeches, and awards ceremonies as well as commercially and privately produced video/audiotapes on veteran experiences, health issues and public events. These have been removed from the collection and placed with the sound and video/film collections in the Archive. Separate lists of each are attached to this finding aid. The old filing system is retained with the parenthesis in order for scholars who have used the collection to retrace their research. The Archivists can provide assistance with such work. The NVVC periodically sends material for addition to the collection and therefore the organization is "open" and designed to facilitate expansion. The new divisions within the NVVC are:

Administrative Files - These files deal with the NVVC administration, including finances, board meetings, organizational events and general administrative material.

Campaign Files - The NVVC's active role the campaigns of 1984, 1988, and 1992 are documented in this series.

Congressional Files - The NVVC also lobbies each incoming administration for the placement of Vietnam veterans in policymaking positions. These files chronicle that effort.

Individual Files - These files consist of material related to individuals with associations to the NVVC or J. Thomas Burch.

Agent Orange Files - The Agent Orange issue follows a close second to the POW/MIA issue in importance and is one the NVVC has had considerable success. The efforts of the NVVC on behalf of Agent Orange victims was rewarded in both 1986 and 1996 when the government agreed to make monetary compensation to veterans victimized by Agent Orange. These files document the role of J. Thomas Burch and the NVVE on the Agent Orange question.

Prisoner-of-War/Missing-in-Action Files - The NVVC’s most significant issue and the one that has drawn the most public attention is that of the POW/MIAs. Rallies, news conferences and extensive lobbying efforts have kept this issue in the public eye. One significant result of these
activities was the passage of legislation that declassified POW/MIA documents.

Subject Files - These files represent the general files of J. Thomas Burch and his material from the NVVC. There is some overlap with the Agent Orange and POW/MIA issues.

Veterans Organization Files - This collection contains files on the numerous local, regional and national level Vietnam veterans organizations. These groups run the gamut in size and influence from the tremendously powerful American Legion to small local groups such as the Massac County Vietnam Vets Association. Likewise, the contents of the files of these groups vary. Many have only the initial correspondence between the NVVC and themselves. Other groups have several files containing their documents. Many of the veterans organizations produced newsletters, which are a good source for information on the groups’ character and the issues on which they focused.

Gulf War Files - These files were added to the collection in July 2000 as the organization began to collection information on Gulf War veterans. The material examines Gulf War syndrome.

Original Collection Processed by Fred Allison (August 1996)

Additional Material and Reorganization (July 1998, February 1999, July 2000)

Finding Aid by Ron Frankum

Processed by Ron Frankum - Isaac Dowlen - Chris Heinemeier - Leif

Added: 07 Jan 2002[Updated: 10 Apr 2017]
Glenn Helm Collection (107) Finding Aid
Item Number: 1070000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Approximately 18.5 linear feet of documents, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, press releases, books, photographs, a tourist brochure, periodicals, microforms and artifacts document various issues related to the Vietnam Conflict and the history of Indochina. Operational and intelligence reports, logistical and medical studies, Congressional hearings, political, economic and cultural materials, papers by individuals, groups and government contractors and educational items from American military schools make up the document collection. These materials are from both the war and post-war eras (1886-2004) and are in the following languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese and French. Many documents are from the various arms of the US Military, the CIA, National Security Agency, State Department, British Foreign Office and Royal Navy, Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces and the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization. Highlights include documents on pacification, air interdiction of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, cryptology studies, intelligence material on French Indochina, the 1965 Battle of the Ia Drang, the 1968 Tet Offensive, the 1972 Easter Offensive, the 1973 de-mining of Hai Phong Harbor and media coverage of the Vietnam Conflict.

The collection also includes newspapers and official military documents like Daily Staff Journals, After Action Reports, Operation Reports - Lessons Learned, Periodical Intelligence Reports (PERINTREP), Province Reports, Command and Unit Histories, Organization Charts, Intelligence Reports, Situation Reports, MACV CORDS and pacification documents for various units and provinces throughout South Vietnam. The majority of these
documents are focused on the Tet Offensive and are dated June 1967 through August of 1968 with the bulk dates being January through February of 1968. Also included are interviews with battle participants and commanders, analysis of the battle and intelligence systems used from both military and academic sources, translations of analysis of the battle from North Vietnamese participants and scholars, and PAVN and PLAF unit histories.

The collection also includes audio recordings and notebooks. The cassette tapes feature recordings of base attacks, radio and TV news coverage of Tet 1968, and music. The notebooks have notes about various battles and important figures from the Tet Offensive of 1968. The materials date from 1968 to 1990 with the bulk dates being 1968 through 1969.

Collection: Glenn Helm Collection

Added: 05 Dec 2001[Updated: 04 May 2018]
John Buesseler Collection (365) Finding Aid
Item Number: 3650000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Approximately eight linear feet of documents, books, photographs, museum objects and periodicals document John Buesseler's service in the U.S. Military during the Vietnam Conflict. Materials of note include a framed lithograph of the Son Tay Raid (20 November 1970). Materials date from both the war and post-war periods.

Added: 05 Dec 2001[Updated: 29 Jun 2017]
Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. Collection: General Articles (620) Finding Aid
Item Number: 6200000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

This series is 7.5 linear feet. This series deals with articles both by and about Admiral Zumwalt. Some articles express Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Zumwalt's repeated warnings that the Soviet Navy had surpassed the United State Navy in combatant capabilities. Further, several articles address Admiral Zumwalt's statements concerning the Australian, New Zealand, and United States Treaty (ANZUS). Articles after Admiral Zumwalt's retirement and his unsuccessful bid for the Senate seat from Virginia, demonstrate his criticism of trends he saw in Defense procurement, especially the tendency toward increasingly large and sophisticated, and more expensive, weapons platforms. There are also articles about his family, especially Mouza's efforts during the campaign. Articles in this series also refer to Lt. Col. Zumwalt (Admiral Zumwalt's father) including a couple of letters from the European Theater in 1945.

Added: 06 Mar 2002[Updated: 18 Apr 2017]
Larry Berman Collection (Presidential Archives Research) (024) Finding Aid
Item Number: 0240000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Approximately 52 linear feet of documents collected by Larry Berman from Presidential archives, including the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, and the National Archives document various aspects of Presidential and United States' policies during the Vietnam Conflict. Documents have a date range of 1954-1995, with the bulk of the documents originating from the war era (1954-1975). Documents of note include materials on White House staff files, campaigns and elections, cabinet meeting notes, government telegrams and letters, and newspaper indexes on public opinion, South Vietnam, Cambodia for 1968 - 1975. All documents were used by Larry Berman in the research for his books.

Added: 07 Nov 2001[Updated: 27 Feb 2017]
Douglas Pike Collection (Personal Papers) (1078) Finding Aid
Item Number: 10780000000   (Click For More Item Information)
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Thesis by Dr. Pike, 'The Use of Humor in International Propaganda,' 1959; Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, Annual Report 1987-1988; Manuscripts by Dr. Pike, Collected readings edited by Dr. Pike, including Indochina Bibliography and History of the Vietnam War. Envelopes commemorating Year of the Rooster (1993) and Year of the Dog (1994). Newspaper clippings, Chinese, Vietnamese, American newspapers. Audio material regarding Vietnam and post-Vietnam. Collection also contains books, video, journals, and artifacts donated by Myrna Pike, wife of the late Douglas Pike. The artifacts include an AK-47 assault rifle, framed Vietnamese stamps, a brick from the 'Hanoi Hilton,' where many American POWs were imprisoned during the war, and Ban Chiang vases from Thailand that date back to prehistoric times.

Added: 17 Dec 2002[Updated: 11 May 2017]
Dr. Calvin Chapman Collection (038) Finding Aid
Item Number: 0380000000   (Click For More Item Information)
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Over four linear feet of documents, books, photographs, slides, maps, posters, museum objects, moving images, audio, newsletters and periodicals document the service of Calvin Chapman as a medical doctor during his tour-of-duty in Vietnam. The collection is divided into major sections including: personal papers, Chapman Medical Classes, General Subject Files, Humanitarian Aid in Vietnam, Medical Aid in Vietnam, Military Files, Printed Materials, and Newspaper Clippings. The bulk of the collection, including documents and separated materials, are from the Vietnam Conflict era and provide insight into the medical conditions of the Vietnamese and U.S. military personnel, as well as the role of the American solider in his efforts toward humanitarian aid to Vietnam. The collection is in good condition.

Added: 05 Dec 2001[Updated: 10 May 2017]
Frank Greco Collection (095) Finding Aid
Item Number: 0950000000   (Click For More Item Information)
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Book, documents, and a CD-ROM of scanned images taken by Frank Greco document his tour of duty in Vietnam with Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observation Group Command and Control Central (MACV/SOG-CCC) from 1969 to 1970.

Added: 05 Dec 2001[Updated: 02 Mar 2006]
Social Movements Collection (1451) Finding Aid
Item Number: 14510000000   (Click For More Item Information)
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The Social Movements Collection is 128 linear feet of newspapers, newsletters, periodicals, correspondence, pamphlets, fliers, brochures, books and other assorted materials documenting the socio-political environment prevailing in the US in the 1960s and 1970s, and many aspects of American involvement in the Vietnam War including the anti-war and anti-draft movements. The material ranges in dates from 1925 to 2004. The bulk of the material is from the 1960s and 1970s. The Social Movements Collection is divided into four series: Series I - Social Protest Groups (52 linear feet); Series II -Periodicals (13 linear feet); Series III - Newspapers and Newsletters (60 linear feet); and Series IV - Assorted Materials (3 linear feet). Each folder in every series is labeled with abbreviations and numbered. All folders are labeled SM, which indicates the Social Movements Collection. Furthermore, each folder is marked with NN, P, SPG, or AM, indicating Newspapers and Newsletters, Periodicals, Social Protest Groups, or Assorted Material respectively.

Series I
Social Protest Groups (52 Boxes)
The contents of each file include primarily official correspondence, pamphlets, fliers, newsletters, books, and other publications containing information distributed by any particular group. Groups (approximately 3500) include memorial and education foundations; campus organizations (political, religious, social, international students); organizations, institutes, and centers in communities and states across the US (Charlottesville, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco Bay Area, New York) focusing on several topics (Palestine, prisons, race relations, Indochina, war, poverty, economics, politics, international relations, labor, Cuba, education, the Middle East, environment); legal defense committees for various individuals and groups; social issues activist groups (abortion, anti-draft, drugs, economy, environment, equal rights, gays, prisons, racism, war tax, women's rights); religious organizations (Jews, Muslims, Christians, Catholics, Atheists); political groups (Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Anti-communists, Socialists); groups spearheading campaigns for individuals running for different offices (President, Congress); ethnic groups (Arabs, African Americans, Jews); and others. Groups in this series are arranged by name in alphabetical order.

Series II
Periodicals (13 Boxes)
An assortment of periodicals (approximately 1380 volumes) ranging in publication dates from 1925 to the 1980s cover many topics including politics, economics, religion, society, and education in the United States. The bulk of the periodicals come from the mid- to late 1960s and the 1970s. Many periodicals are editorial in nature, while others are news journals. A few periodicals cover news and events from other countries and regions in the world including Cuba, Hungary, Scotland, South Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Periodicals are arranged in alphabetical order according to title, then chronologically.

Series III
Newspapers and Newsletters (60 boxes)
Newspaper and newsletter publications (approximately 11,200) by various groups include unofficial military publications from various US bases throughout the world; community papers from cities across the United States; political activist newspapers (communists, socialists, libertarians, feminists, white supremacists, others); publications from various religious groups (Christians, Muslims, Jews); college and university publications from across the US; Native American tribal group publications; human rights activist / humanitarian publications; and war veterans publications chronicle a wide variety of issues including the Vietnam War; the anti-war movement; race relations in America; feminism; economics; the clash between labor and capital; and a host of other socio-political issues. The dates of the material range from 1941 to 2004. The bulk of the material was published in the mid- to late 1960s through the 1970s. Newspapers and Newsletters are arranged in alphabetical order by title, then chronologically.

Series IV
Assorted Materials (3 boxes)
The Assorted Materials include excerpts and articles from various publications, official correspondence from organizations, books, and pamphlets. The material covers essentially the same range of topics in Series I, II, and III. Specifically, Series IV includes material related to Nixon's impeachment; the Vietnam War; voters' guides; mail order catalogs; course catalogs for various classes; posters; public notices for protests, rallies and marches; and comic book buyers' guides. There is no specific alphabetical or chronological arrangement in this series.

Added: 24 Jun 2005[Updated: 08 May 2017]
Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. Collection: Agent Orange Articles (634) Finding Aid
Item Number: 6340000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

This sub-series is 1.5 linear feet and is comprised of articles about Agent Orange. The articles come from a variety of sources including newspapers, journals, and periodicals. The majority of the articles are from the 1980s and the 1990s. Some of the articles date back to the 1970s and the 1980s.

Added: 06 Mar 2002[Updated: 12 Apr 2017]
Paul Cecil Collection (252) Finding Aid
Item Number: 2520000000   (Click For More Item Information)
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Approximately seven and a half linear feet of books, photographs, slides, museum objects, film, audio, periodicals, microfilm, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, journals, studies, oral history transcripts, and official military materials document a broad range of topics related to Operation Ranch Hand, the Ranch Hand Association and issues related to herbicidal usage during the Vietnam Conflict. Topics include support for and against the use of herbicides, studies conducted on the use of herbicides, lawsuits against its use, Veterans Administration treatment of Vietnam Veterans, their objections with the United States government and chemical and germ warfare.

Materials of interest in this collection are the DAAR Reports, or Daily Air Activity Reports for Operation Ranchhand. These daily reports show the map coordinates of spray missions, the type of agent used, number of gallons sprayed, number of hits the spray aircraft sustained during the mission and grid coordinates of the enemy fire, flying conditions experienced during the mission, and if the mission was aborted the reason(s) why. The units mentioned in the report are the: 309th Air Command Squadron, 315th Air Commando Group, 12th Airborne Command and Control Squadron, and the 12th Special Operations Squadron. Also included with the reports are handwritten notes.

Materials in this collection date from 1960 to the present and are primarily organized in their original order.

Added: 05 Nov 2001[Updated: 17 Jul 2019]
Peter Braestrup Collection (1093) Finding Aid
Item Number: 10930000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

The Peter Braestrup Collection contains a wide variety of material related to the media and the military in Vietnam and other wars. Braestrup's collection contains correspondence, transcripts, newspaper clippings, photographs and slides, conference and meeting minutes, material related to the publication of Braestrup's books, tape recordings, reel to reel 8mm films, government and military publications, periodicals, book excerpts, and various other printed material. Dates for the material are from 1950-1988.

The Braestrup Collection is organized into two Series: Personal Papers and Research Material.

Series One: The Personal Papers Series consists of six boxes and is organized into five sections. Braestrup's personal papers include correspondence, material related to the organizing of the Neiman Dinner, material relating to various conferences and symposiums about Vietnam, and articles and manuscripts related to Vietnam.

Series Two: Research Material is vast and is organized into thirteen sub-series.
One: Big Story by Peter Braestrup (6 boxes) has material in it related to Big Story. For example: book reviews, correspondence between Braestrup and the publisher, and research material Braestrup used to write the book all are found in this sub-series.
Two: Vietnam as History: Ten Years After the Paris Peace Accords edited by Peter Braestrup (2 boxes). This portion of the collection contains materials used to produce Vietnam as History such as original writings of contributing authors, and material regarding the conference associated with the publication of the book.
Three: End of US Involvement in Vietnam (2 boxes). This portion of the collection contains materials such as Defense Department statements and Paris Peace Accords newspaper articles.
Four: Research material for Battle Lines edited by Peter Braestrup (3 boxes). This portion of the collection contains a lot of research material about the US invasion of Grenada in 1983. Also included are research materials regarding the Press in other wars (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Falkland Islands^DEL).
Five: General William C. Westmoreland Case (2 boxes). This portion of the collection pertains to the General Westmoreland v. CBS case. CBS aired a show in 1984 in which they claimed Westmoreland deliberately withheld information regarding enemy troop strength from the American public. Westmoreland sued CBS for libel. The contents of this portion of the collection consist of newspaper articles, court documents and records, and correspondence between Westmoreland and Braestrup.
Six: Press Coverage of the 10th Anniversary of US Withdrawal from Vietnam (1985) (1 box). In this portion of the collection are several different newspapers' coverage and commentary on the 10th anniversary of the American withdrawal from Vietnam. Also, material produced by the major television networks regarding the topic is included.
Seven: Vietnam (1 box). This portion contains a wide variety of materials all relating to Vietnam. Articles from newspapers, materials from conferences, publications and periodicals related to several topics about Vietnam (defoliation, the Press corps, bombing Cambodia and others) are all present in this section.
Eight: Vietnam, Media, Watergate, Nixon's China Trip (2 boxes). This section contains Press accounts from various sources of all the above topics.
Nine: News Anthology File (8 boxes). This section contains collections of articles written by several different journalists. Also has press coverage of Watergate, Saturday Night Massacre, elections (Congressional, presidential), Presidential coverage, Hai Phong Harbor mining articles, and articles and materials related to the business operations of various newspapers. Most material is from the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Ten: Press Censorship (2 boxes). This deals with Press relations with the military throughout American history. Material consists of mostly articles and book excerpts.
Eleven: Military (3 boxes). Material in this portion deals with contemporary military issues of the late 1970s: pay and benefits, budgets, morale, and other topics.
Twelve: Vietnam, Washington Press Corps (1 box). This portion contains data regarding current (late 1970s, early 1980s) attitudes and biographical information among members of the Press in Washington DC. Also, this portion contains many photographs that reside in the Vietnam Archive photograph collection.
Thirteen: Wilson Quarterly Files 1980 - 1981 (2 boxes). This portion contains notes from meetings, contributions and manuscripts from various authors, correspondence, and various Wilson Center materials.

Added: 18 Oct 2011[Updated: 19 May 2017]
Central Intelligence Agency Collection (041) Finding Aid
Item Number: 0410000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Eight linear feet of declassified documents of the United States Central Intelligence Agency document the Vietnam War, Vietnam, and Southeast Asia. The date range is from 1959 to 1987 (bulk 1962-1973). They contain situation reports of South Vietnam and Laos, (some monthly, others weekly); intelligence reports on North Vietnam or on special topics such as air capability; memoranda and other communications regarding POW sightings and identification; and miscellaneous reports on other topics. Some of the documents have been 'sanitized.'

Added: 02 Nov 2001[Updated: 27 Feb 2006]
Michael Cook Collection (1179) Finding Aid
Item Number: 11790000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

This collection contains books; video; newsletters; periodicals; publications from the Department of State, Defense, Army, and Air Force; Congressional reports; correspondence; newspaper articles; a calendar; and various documents pertaining to the Vietnam War. Many of the videotapes in the collection are not necessarily about the Vietnam War, but they do have some reference to the war or the military.

Added: 23 Jun 2003[Updated: 05 Jun 2019]
Jim Dingeman World War II Collection (422) Finding Aid
Item Number: 4220000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

The James Dingeman World War II series consists of photocopies of books, articles, and newspapers. There are some personal notes taken by Dingeman, as well as promotional material for symposiums and books about World War II.

Many of the items in this series are segments from published materials. Some of the materials do not have source information, but a researcher can use the preferred citation stated previously.
The monographs are complete publications. They are divided by categories and are useful sources.

Added: 06 Dec 2001[Updated: 24 Mar 2017]
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