Vietnam Center & Archive News and Updates

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Orderly Departure Program Digitization Update

The digitization of the Orderly Departure Program (ODP) Application Files of the FVPPA/VAHF collection is proceeding at a great pace and we are well ahead of schedule.  This three year project, funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), is projected to make available online 250,000 pages of materials documenting the immigration experience of Vietnamese to the United States following the end of the war in Vietnam.  After seven months we have digitized just under 5000 files, totaling over 100,000 pages of material.  All of these files are accessible through the Virtual Vietnam Archive, and you can keep up with the project on our project page.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day from the Vietnam Center and Archive, and thank you to all of those who have worked to preserve our freedom!

Undated image, Dan Peckham Collection

Monday, May 28, 2012

A Day of Remembrance

On this Memorial Day, the Vietnam Center and Archive remembers all of the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us and our freedom.  Thank you.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Vietnam Center and Archive is Hiring

Specialist IV (Archival Specialist)
*This is a full-time, temporary position (1 year)

Description: The Vietnam Archive seeks an archival specialist to provide assistance with the development of the Virtual Vietnam Archive. Working with the professional staff of the Vietnam Center and Archive, the Archival Specialist will assist in hiring, training and supervision of student employees; digitize archival collections; conduct quality control checks of digital files and records. The successful candidate will work closely with Archive staff and faculty in fulfilling their mission to collect and preserve primary documentation related to all aspects of the Vietnam War Era, to include military, diplomatic, cultural, and social history.

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree, experience using PCs, scanners, and database software, work experience in a library, archive, or museum setting, interest in and/or knowledge of American history, military history, the Vietnam War era, Southeast Asia; strong organizational skills; strong oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to build successful working relationships with a wide variety of individuals.

Salary and Benefits: Salary range is $10.29-$14.76/hour, commensurate with education and experience. Benefits include health insurance, optional dental, life, and disability insurance; retirement plan; vacation, sick, and holiday leave; longevity pay.

Note: This is a one-year temporary position.

To Apply: Apply online at, requisition number 86120. TTU is an EEO/AA/ADA Employer. Special Instructions to Applicants: Please attach cover letter, resume or CV, and a list of three references with contact information when applying for this position. Review of applications will begin June 7 and continue until the position is filled.

Departmental Contact: Mary Saffell

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Armed Forces Day

Today is Armed Forces Day, a day to pay tribute to the men and women who serve in all branches of the United States’ armed forces.  The Vietnam Center and Archive would like to take a moment to thank all our veterans and active duty service members.

The Vietnam Center and Archive is proud to be the home to collections of materials from all branches of our military.  To see a few of these items, please visit our online exhibits page, which includes the following exhibits:

US Air Force

US Army

US Coast Guard

US Marine Corps

US Navy

Monday, April 16, 2012

The 4th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Film Festival Continues Today

The 4th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Film Festival continues today with two films:

Indochine – 3:30pm

Thanh’s War – 7:30pm

And concludes tomorrow with:

The Scent of Green Papaya – 3:30pm

Sita Sings the Blues – 7:30pm

All showings will be in the Formby Room of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.  Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information see

Monday, April 9, 2012

The 4th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Film Festival Begins Today

The 4th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Film Festival begins today with two films:

Sita Sings the Blues – 3:30pm

The Scent of Green Papaya – 7:30pm

And continues tomorrow with:

Thanh’s War – 3:30pm

Indochine – 7:30pm

All showings will be in the Formby Room of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.  Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information see

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Guest Lecture Series Presents Dr. Raymond Scurfield

The Vietnam Center and Archive is proud to present Dr. Raymond Scurfield on Thursday, April 19th at 7:00pm in the Lanier Auditorium of the Texas Tech University School of Law.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

A former professor of social work at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Scurfield is an expert in PTSD. He served as an Army officer on a psychiatric team in Vietnam from 1968-69, and has spent three decades working with hundreds of combat veterans of the Vietnam War and other conflicts. Scurfield is the author of numerous books and articles on the effects of PTSD.

The mission of the Vietnam Center and Archive Guest Lecture Series is to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of students, faculty, and the community at large by bringing distinguished individuals to campus for presentations on specific aspects of the Vietnam War, its lasting impact on American politics, society and culture, and on contemporary issues in Southeast Asia.

This lecture series is funded in part by a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation.  For more information on the 2012 VNCA Guest Lecture Series see, or contact Mary Saffell at 806-742-9010 or

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The 4th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Film Festival

The Vietnam Center and Archive is proud to announce the films for the 4th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) Film Festival, co-sponsored by the Texas Tech University Libraries:

The Scent of Green Papaya:
Monday, April 9th
– 7:30pm
Tuesday, April 17th – 3:30pm
Set in Vietnam in the 1950s-60s, the film follows Mui as she leaves the rich household where she had served as a child to work in the home of a classical pianist. Mui finds beauty in the smallest things.

Sita Sings the Blues:
Monday, April 9th
– 3:30pm
Tuesday, April 17th – 7:30pm
An animated retelling of the Hindu legend Ramayana, paralleled with events in the film’s creator’s real life in San Francisco, this film features a variety of animation techniques and musical styles.

Tuesday, April 10th
– 7:30pm
Monday, April 16th – 3:30pm
Set in the turmoil of the French Indochina War in Vietnam, Indochine follows a French rubber plantation owner, an Annam Princess, and the French Naval Officer they are both in love with.

Thanh’s War:
Tuesday, April 10th
– 3:30pm
Monday, April 16th – 7:30pm
At age 12, Pham Thanh was severely wounded by a US grenade that also killed his family.  Now an American citizen, Thanh tries to balance his Vietnamese and American identity and heritage.

All films will be presented in the Formby Room of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.  Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information see

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

2012 Conference Announcement

With regret, attendance at this year’s conference workshop will be by invitation only.  We realize this is a significant departure form our past events, but the purpose and focus of this workshop, as well as much more limited space and time, require us to develop a more limited forum.  The conference in 2013 (that will result from this workshop) will be hosted in Washington, DC, and will be open to public attendance.  As soon as we have firm dates and the location for that event, we will post information at this website as well as send out notifications via our newsletter and email notification system.

We regret any inconvenience this might cause.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Steve Maxner, director, Vietnam Center and Archive, at 806-742-3742 or via email at  Thank you.

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