The collection consists of approximately three linear feet of correspondence, documents, newspaper clippings, periodicals, audio recordings, and videos donated to the archive by Louise Mulligan. The materials document Mrs. Mulligan’s experiences as the wife of POW James A. Mulligan who was shot down on March 20, 1966 and released February 12, 1973. The collection includes materials relating to Mrs. Mulligan’s advocacy work for POW/MIA issues with the National League of Families. During this work, she corresponded with government and military officials, members of the press, and others requesting support for various pieces of legislation, National League of Families events, and efforts to get the POW’s released and MIA’s accounted for from the Vietnam War. There is also correspondence with the Navy concerning her husband’s status, and services available to Mrs. Mulligan and her children as the dependent of a POW.
The collection also includes numerous magazines and newspaper clippings featuring stories about the POW’s thoroughout the war to include their homecoming. The materials date predominately from 1966 through 1975.