Highlights of the First Twenty Years

A Brief History of the Vietnam Center and Archive

Letter of Support for creation of Vietnam Center
Letter of Support for creation of Vietnam Center from Dale Cluff, TTU Library, and David Murrah, Southwest Collection (October 1989)
  • May 1989:
    • First meeting of local Vietnam veterans to discuss forming an archive to begin collecting local veterans’ materials for use by Texas Tech students. At this meeting Dr. E. Dale Cluff, Director of Libraries, established the Vietnam Archive [then called The Archive of the Vietnam Conflict].
  • 22 June 1989:
    • Formal proposal for establishment of the Vietnam Archive approved by Dr. Cluff, and $10,000 in initial funding provided by Library.
  • 6 November 1989:
    • University releases preliminary news release concerning establishment of Vietnam Archive. Series of media events scheduled for 6-11 November.
  • 11 November 1989:
    • Official announcement of establishment of the Center for the Study of the Vietnam Conflict.
  • 2 December 1989:
    • Center for the Study of the Vietnam Conflict formally approved by the Board of Regents.
The Vietnam Center Amigos. David Shelly, vice-president; Jim Reckner, director; Phil Price, president
The Vietnam Center Amigos: David Shelly, vice-president; Jim Reckner, director; Phil Price, president
  • 7 March 1990:
    • Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt accepted Chairmanship of the Vietnam Center Advisory Board.
  • September 1990:
    • Vietnam Center Advisory Board held elections. Results:
      • John Lowey, CEO of Llano Estacado Winery, elected President;
      • Vice President: Colonel Don McCullough, USAF (Ret);
      • Secretary: Larry McAuley
  • 22-24 April 1993:
    • VNC hosts first conference: "Vietnam Paris + 20." This later is designated The First Triennial Vietnam Symposium.

William Colby at the Vietnam Center's 2nd Triennial Symposium (April 1996)
First page of the Friends of the Vietnam Center Newsletter, Vol. 1, Issue 1.
First page of the Friends of the Vietnam Center Newsletter, Vol. 1, Issue 1. (May 1994)
Douglas Eugene Pike
Douglas Eugene Pike: July 27, 1924 - May 13, 2002
The family of Dr. Dang Thuy Tram views her diary
The family of Dr. Dang Thuy Tram views her diary (October 2005)
Conceptual drawing of proposed Vietnam Center building
Conceptual drawing of proposed Vietnam Center building