Vietnam Center & Archive News and Updates

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Summer 2009 Issue of the Friends of the Vietnam Center Newsletter Now Available For Download

The newest issue of the Friends of the Vietnam Center newsletter is now available for download by clicking here. Articles include details about our 20th Anniversary Ball, upcoming conferences and exhibits, faculty and staff accomplishments, and much more.
Thursday, June 18, 2009

20th Anniversary Ball Videos

Video of the Vietnam Center & Archive’s 20th Anniversary Ball are now available on our website. The videos are divided into two parts: Part one includes the keynote address of Mr. H. Ross Perot, Sr.; The second part includes tributes to the founder of the Vietnam Center & Archive, Dr. James Reckner, buy numerous people, including Mayor Tom Martin, Representative Carl Issett, and Congressman Randy Neugebauer. Both parts include a low quality version of dial-up connections, and a higher quality for faster internet connections.

Photographs from the event are also available on our Facebook page.

20th Anniversary Ball Videos

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Follow us on Facebook

The Vietnam Center and Archive is now on Facebook. Become a fan and keep up with the latest happenings at the Center and Archive, find out about upcoming events, see pictures from past events, make comments, and connect with other Vietnam Center and Archive supporters.

To become a fan, you first need to have your own Facebook page. The go to the Vietnam Center and Archive Facebook page and click Become a Fan.

Monday, April 13, 2009

2009 Conference Videos Available Online

Session videos from the Vietnam Center’s 2009 Conference “Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia and the Vietnam War” are now available online on the Conference Videos Page and in the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Possible Email Problems

We have been informed that the Texas Tech University email servers (through which all email communication with the Vietnam Center & Archive and our staff pass through) have been experiencing problems with improperly blocking some email messages sent from outside the University system. When this occurs, senders are often not notified that their messages were blocked. TTU telecommunications staff are working on fixing the problem.

If you send a message to one of our departmental or staff email addresses and do not receive a response within a few days, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone (806-742-9010) to ensure that we received your email message.

We apologize for any inconvenience this issue may cause.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

New Agent Orange Subject Guide

To assist researchers studying the topic of agent orange during and after the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Center and Archive has produced a new subject guide highlighting agent orange related resources in both our digital and physical collections. The subject guide is divided by media type and subcategory, and includes links to the digital objects when available. This is the first in a series of subject guides that we will produce over the next year.

Agent Orange Subject Guide – http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/vietnamarchive/resources/agentorange/index.php

Monday, December 8, 2008

Vietnam Center & Archive Website, including Virtual Vietnam Archive, Unavailability

On December 16th thru 18th, the website of the Vietnam Center and Archive will experience periods of unavailability between the hours of 8am-5pm (-06:00 GMT). During this time we will be performing maintenance on existing systems and installing new equipment. While the website will be available during portions of these days, it will become unavailable without warning. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 806-742-9010 or vawebmaster@ttu.edu.

Limited Availability of Vietnam Center & Archive Website, and Virtual Vietnam Archive, December 16-18th, 2008

On December 16t thru 18th, the website of the Vietnam Center and Archive will experience periods of unavailability between the hours of 8am-5pm (-06:00 GMT). During this time we will be performing maintenance on existing systems and installing new equipment. While the website will be available during portions of these days, it will become unavailable without warning. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 806-742-9010 or vawebmaster@ttu.edu.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Changes to the Virtual Vietnam Archive

To help make the Virtual Vietnam Archive more user-friendly, we have made a few minor changes to the Browse Search Results pages. These changes are mostly cosmetic, serving to make the page look a little more streamlined.

The most significant change involves the “More Information” link, which takes users to another view of the record that includes more detailed information about that item. Previously, this link was located on the right side of each record (to the right of the Item Number). It is now located above each record as a new “tab”.

A new tab has also been added, titled “Record Linking”. This tab will take users to a page with a URL for that individual item record. Within the Virtual Vietnam Archive, users are not able to bookmark records, or email links, due to licensing limitations. This new URL can be copied and pasted to be used for bookmarks, emailing, adding as links to other websites, etc.

If you have any questions about any of these features, or about the Virtual Archive in general, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 806-742-9010 or vietnamarchive@ttu.edu.

Monday, September 8, 2008

FVPPA Collection Name Search Database

Did you know that the Vietnam Archive has the records of those assisted by the Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association (FVPPA) in applying to emigrate from Vietnam under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Orderly Departure Program (ODP)? The Vietnam Archive’s FVPPA Collection contains the records of over 12,000 ODP applicants. To find out if you, a family member, a friend, or a military counterpart have a record in the FVPPA Collection’s ODP Application Files, use the FVPPA Collection name search database.

How do you search the FVPPA Collection name search database?
  1. Go to the Vietnam Archive’s FVPPA Collection webpage.
  2. In the right column, under “Navigation Links,” click “Search Applicant Names Database.”
  3. Enter the name you are searching for in the “Search All Files” search field and click the “Search ” button.
You can search using complete or partial names, or even using * searches. Names are entered in the database in Vietnamese order, which is the opposite of American order, so if you are searching for a complete name, enter the family name first, followed by first and middle names. You can also enter just part of a name, like a family name, or if you are unsure of the spelling, you can enter part of a name followed by an * (i.e. Ngu* will pull up all names starting with Ngu). The database will check your query against the primary name in the file, as well as aliases and other listed names.

Files are arranged by the name of the principal applicant, who is the person who has status under the ODP qualifications. For example, Nguyen Van Be, a former Vietnamese political prisoner, is applying for his family to immigrate to the U.S. through the ODP. His list of family members includes his wife Pham Thi Phuong, his son Nguyen Ngoc Be, and his father Nguyen Ngo Be. Nguyen Van Be’s name will be the one listed on the file. If, however, Nguyen Van Be’s wife was also a Vietnamese political prisoner or a U.S. employee, her name will also appear on the file, for she too has status and qualifies as a principal applicant under ODP. The order of the two names on the file is determined alphabetically. If the widow of a principal applicant applies, the file is listed with her name first, followed by that of her deceased husband. If the children of a principal applicant are orphans when they apply, the file is listed under the names of the children. If the applicant has a known alias it is noted on the file. For example, Nguyen Van Be has an alias of Pham Van Be. His file would be marked Nguyen Van Be a.k.a. Pham Van Be. If an ODP applicant has more than one date of birth the dates of birth are listed on the file.

Due to privacy concerns all ODP Application files are restricted until December 1, 2008. Only the principal applicant, the spouse of a deceased principal applicant, or the children of a principal applicant may request that access to an ODP Application file be restricted beyond December 1, 2008. To restrict a file, or to request more information, search for the record using the instructions above. Each record includes email links for requesting more information or to request that a file be restricted. Please use these links as they automatically include information to help us process your request in a timely manner.

If you need assistance, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Vietnam Archive at (806) 742-9010 or e-mail Vietnamese American Heritage Archivist Ann Mallett at vahc.vietnam@ttu.edu.
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