The collection consists of approximately nine linear feet of research materials accumulated by Patrick Hagopian while writing his book The Vietnam War in American Memory: Veterans, Memorials and the Politics of Healing. The files are dedicated to Vietnam War memorials with the bulk of the collection centered on fourteen memorials: the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial; the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, New Mexico; the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Dallas; the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri; the Mississippi Vietnam Veterans Memorial; the Washington State Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Olympia; the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial; the Vietnam War Memorial in the North Shore of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial; the Rhode Island State Vietnam War Memorial; the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Thetford, Vermont; the New York City Vietnam Veterans Memorial; the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Frankfort; and the Vietnam Women's Memorial in Washington D.C. The collection also includes individual files on memorials from all over the United States, foreign memorials, and local visits of the Moving Wall, a smaller-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
For most of the fourteen memorials mentioned above, Hagopian traveled to the memorial and collected news clippings and publicity pieces about the memorials, photocopies of
organizational records such as meeting minutes, press releases issued by the memorials, press packets and commemorative packets given out by the memorials at their dedication ceremonies, concept and architectural drawings, and correspondence regarding the creation and maintenance of the memorials as well as appreciation letters written to the memorial staff. In the case of the Pittsburgh and Rhode Island memorials, the materials were sent to Hagopian by the memorial planners. Also included are Hagopian's hand written field notes used while conducting research at the various sites, and copies of visitor questionnaires and interviews conducted by Hagopian while at the memorials. The smaller files contain clippings, correspondence, and information that Hagopian collected about numerous other memorials throughout the country, but which were in most instances not featured in the book. A few of the files also include examples of other memorials commemorating the American Civil War and the Persian Gulf War. The materials are dated 1969-2006, predominately 1980-2006.