Vietnam Center & Archive News and Updates
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.
Vietnam Center Advisory Board member Dr. Ron Milam has received a Core Fulbright Scholar Award to teach a history course in Vietnam. Dr. Milam was an advisor to the ARVN in 1971 and is currently an Associate Professor in History at Texas Tech. In the spring of 2011, he will travel to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to teach “America’s Historical Role in International Relations” at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities. At Texas Tech Dr. Milam teaches classes on US history, the Vietnam War, and military history. His Vietnam classes are among the most popular offered. Currently Dr. Milam is accompaning Vietnam Center Director Dr. Steve Maxner and a group of Texas Tech students on a study abroad trip visiting locations in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. He has previously received the TTU President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the Distinguished Faculty Award, and was recently named an academic fellow for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
Since his arrival at Texas Tech, Dr. Milam has been a great support of the Center and Archive and a fixture at our conferences and events. While we will miss his presences next spring, we wish him the best with this great opportunity.
Oral historian Jason Stewart will be leaving the Vietnam Archive on July 15, 2011, to pursue a teaching career in Mississippi. Jason has been with us for nearly three years, and we will certainly miss his hard work and devotion to the mission of the archive. Jason has been a strong advocate for America’s Vietnam veterans, and we greatly appreciate all he has done to help record their history. Please join us in wishing Jason and his family the absolute best in this transition and in all their future endeavors.
In June 1971 the New York Times published the “Pentagon Papers,” officially titled the Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Vietnam Taskforce. The release of these documents had a profound effect on American public opinion regarding the war, and has provided historians with an invaluable look at US policy making with regards to the Vietnam War. Today, 40 years after the NYT publication, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) released the entire official Report, including 2,300 pages of previously undisclosed material not included in the Senator Gravel Edition of the Pentagon Papers. Hardcopies of the records will be available at the following locations: the National Archives facility at College Park, MD; the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, MA; the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, TX, and the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA. The records are also available online in their entirety at http://www.archives.gov/research/pentagon-papers/.For more information about the Pentagon Papers and the release of the records, see:
- The NARA Press Release regarding the release of the records
- The Pentagon Papers page on the NARA website
Also this week, Vietnam Center and Archive Director Stephen Maxner will accompany Mr. Tran Van Tuan, Minister of Home Affairs of Vietnam, and Dr. Vu Thi Minh Huong, the Director General of the State Records and Archives Department of Vietnam (the National Archivist of Vietnam), to Washington DC to meet with the Archivist of the United States, Mr. David Ferriero. Following the meeting, the delegation and Dr. Maxner will return to Lubbock to discuss collaboration and joint projects between the Vietnam Center and Archive, the Vietnam State Records and Archives Department, and NARA.