Vietnam Center & Archive News and Updates
The Fall 2011 issue of the Friends of the Vietnam Center Newsletter is now available online. This issue contains an article on the ten year anniversary of the Virtual Vietnam Archive and an overview of the Center and Archive’s scheduled events for 2012.
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Fall 2011 Issue: http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/items.php?item=999nl00050
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The Vietnam Center and Archive would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and to have a safe and happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!
The Center and Archive will be closed from December 24th-January 1st.
The Vietnam Center and Archive would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
The Lubbock PBS station, KTXT, has produced a third show in their Keeping it Local series focused on the Vietnam Center and Archive, this time featuring information about the potential new building that would house the Center and Archive, as well as a new museum. The show can be viewed online on KTXT’s YouTube channel [http://www.youtube.com/ktxtdt], or by clicking the play icon below.
Mr. Dave Carey, retired Naval Pilot and Vietnam War POW, will speak this week as part of our 2011 Guest Lecture Series. Mr. Carey’s lecture will be held on November 10th at 7:00pm in the Allen Theatre of the Texas Tech Student Union Building. Admission is free and open to the public.
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 2011 VNCA Guest Lecture Series or about Dave Carey see http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/GLS.
The Virtual Vietnam Archive has celebrated a number of milestones this fall, including the addition of our 500,000 item this week. The Virtual Archive became available to researchers ten years ago this month with just a few thousand items, mostly photographs and documents. Now the online archive contains over 3.3 million pages of material, including 330,000 documents, 130,000 images, 900 oral history interviews, and thousands of moving images, audio recordings, maps, and more. In that ten year period, the Virtual Archive has been searched over 10,000,000 times and more than 3 million items have been downloaded. The 500,000 item, a newspaper article titled “Faint Hope for US Airmen Still Missing in Indochina” from the Garnett Bell Collection, was digitized by student assistant Brooke Boysaw.
Reaching half-a-million items in our digital collections is a great accomplishment for our project that couldn’t have been completed without the over 100 full time staff and part time student employees who have worked on this project since 2001. Without all of their great contributions, this project would not be the success it has been.
The Virtual Vietnam Archive project continues to digitize new materials, adding about 15,000 new pages each month from a variety of collections, including still images, individual donor’s collections, the CDEC Collection and, starting this month, the Cong Bao. We look forward to continuing this project for years to come.
Today is the Navy’s 236th birthday! The Vietnam Center and Archive staff want to wish the Navy and all of its personnel past and present a very happy birthday. To comemorate this day, we have created a small exhibit of Navy items. You can view the exhibit by clicking on the link below.
General Faver was born in Sweetwater, TX (southeast of Lubbock) in 1916. He joined the US Army Air Corps in March 1941 and served in a variety of posts around the US and the world, mostly as an instructor. During the Vietnam War, Faver assumed command of the 3500th Pilot Training Wing at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1966, and was transferred to US Air Force Headquarters. Eventually promoted to Major General, Faver retired from the Air Force in 1973 and returned to Lubbock, where he was a fixture in the community and a great friend to many.
Services are pending with Resthaven Funeral Home in Lubbock.