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.