Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
John B. O'Donnell Collection
Association
USOM/Office of Rural Affairs, Saigon
Collection Number
1351
Date(s)
Undated
Size
1.5 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
D097.2; Photograph Collection; Map Collection (Section 12, Drawer 16); Periodical Collection; Newsletter Collection
Processed by
C. Trobridge, Aug. 2004[Updated: Mar. 2011 by K. Conness]
Digitization Status
Items from this collection have been digitized and are available in the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

To search for items within this collection, or within all of the holdings of the Vietnam Archive, go to the Virtual Vietnam Archive

Scope and Content

Far East Training Center papers, United States Agency for International Development papers, Revolutionary Development and Rural Construction papers, Southeast Asia Development Advisory Group papers, Vietnam Information Notes from the United States Department of State, University of California Library Holdings on Vietnam, Classroom syllabi, News clippings and photocopied articles, photographs, and additional papers document John O'Donnell's career with USAID, particularly his assignment with the Far East Training Center at the University of Hawaii and his additional work with USAID in Southeast Asia in the 1960s.

Biographical Note

John O'Donnell joined the United States Army after graduating from Stanford University in 1956. In his first assignment, he served as a Cambodian and Laotian area studies specialist with the United States Army Pacific Command (USARPAC) Psychological Warfare Unit. He joined the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in 1962 and served as a provincial representative in South Vietnam. O'Donnell was also assigned to the Far East Training Center at the University of Hawaii, where he trained USAID personnel for assignments in Southeast Asia. He later worked with the United States counterinsurgency program in Thailand and USAID's headquarters in Washington, D.C. He was a member of USAID's senior foreign service from 1982 to 1991. O'Donnell retired in 1991, but continued to work for USAID as a consultant in Latin America.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
Far East Training Center Materials 
1
D97.2A
Far East Training Center (AID/UH) Vietnam V (May 1-October 1967) training manual
1
Cycle V training assignments
2
Far East Training Center handouts
3
List of material given to trainees in Washington MACV Directive 10-12 Organization for Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support Table of Organization of Hamlet Administration Fortune magazine article The Struggle to Rescue the People: Vietnam's "other war" is just beginning and the outcome remains in considerable doubt The Hoa Hao Story OCO staffing in Vietnam summary of speech of Deputy Ambassador Porter to ARVN officers studying the role of the armed forces in support of Revolutionary Development
4
Far East Training Center Cycle V Schedule Week 1 May 1-6 Week 2 May 8-13 Week 3 May 15-20 Week 4 May 22-26 Week 5 May 29- June 3 Week 6 June 5-10 Week 7 June 12-17 Week 8 June 19-24 Week 9 June 26-July 1 Week 10 July 3-7 Week 11 July 10-15 Week 12 July 17-22 Week 13 July 24-29 Week 14 July 31-August 5 Language Groupings effective Monday May 15, 1967 Cycle VI Schedule 1 July 24-29 Cycle VI Schedule 2 July 31-August 5 Cycle VI Schedule 3 August 7-12
5
Far East Training Center Cycle V Memos Wednesday Morning Lecture Period (May 16, 1967) Dr. Nguyen Dang Liem (May 3, 1967)
6
Far East Training Center Field Exercise
7
Far East Training Center Evaluation of Training Program
8
Observations on Training Program, prepared by Bohannan Comments and Recommendations Concerning the AID/UH Training Project, prepared by Warren Ziegler
9
Far East Training Center binder Summary statements Cycle IV Cycle III
10
Asia Training Center
11
Papers and notes pertaining to John B. O'Donnell while serving in Vietnam 
Papers and memos pertaining to O'Donnell service as Provincial Representative in Kien Hoa Interview with a former Provincial Representative (March 8, 1967) Briefing for Secretary of Defense McNamara I (19 December 1963)-2 copies Briefing for Secretary of Defense McNamara II A Critical Analysis of hte Strategic Hamlet Program in the 41st DTA San Francisco Chronicle newspaper article Feud Within U.S. Viet Aid Mission Memo from Nghiem Van Minh to Francis McElroy pertaining to John B. O'Donnell Statement in response to memo by John B. O'Donnell Newspaper article Failure to Produce Viet Miracles puts General Lansdale on Defense
12
Lecture material: Vietnam-Behind the Crisis (November 1966)
13
Meeting and Lecture notes
14
Handwritten notes on Vietnam and Southeast Asia
15
U.S. Agency for International Development in Vietnam 
U.S. Memo: Communist Community Development
16
Insurgency and counter-insurgency paper by Rufus Phillips for James Killen Insurgency and Counter-insurgency per Sir Robert Thompson Memo: Counter-insurgency terms, objectives and Operation
17
Local Development Program U.S. memo by Harold Voelkner: Research for the "Other War": Local Development Theory, Techniques and Training Revolutionary Development in South Vietnam: The Next Step by Ben Ferguson and Edgar Owens - 2 copies Letter to Dave Wood regarding village government and land reform in Vietnam Letter to Jerome French from Dave Wood regarding local development fund and village council development Memo from Dave Wood to D. Stoaks regarding Local Development Program
18
Long An Province Survey, 1964
19
Long An Province Survey, 1966
20
Political Development in Vietnam Vietnam: A Test of American Understanding of Revolution by Edward Lansdale U.S. Policy Options in Vietnam: A Synopsis Concept for Victory in Vietnam Building a Political Base for Government in Vietnam Land Reform and Political Development: Summary of Montgomery Report SEADAG Papers on Development and Development Policy Problems: Backgrounds of South Vietnamese Cabinets SEADAG Papers on Development and Development Policy Problems: Political Implications of Economic Change: South Vietnam
21
Provincial Representation Budgets involved in Provincial Operations Table of Organization Role of Provincial Representatives Office of Provincial Operations -3 copies Some Characteristics of Successful and Less Successful Overseas Community Development Advisers Functions and Responsibilities of the Provincial Representative Job Description: Area Development Officer Organizaitonal Framework Within Which the Provincial Representative in Vietnam Functions Political Development Planning Guide Outline
22
Revolutionary Development Table of Organization: Office of Civil Operations Table of Organization: Revolutionary Development Group Table of Organization: Revolutionary Development Command Information Pamphlet 4-67: Revolutionary Development: Plan for a New Vietnam Vietnam Rural Construction Cadre Agency for International Development memo: Revolutionary Development Information Brief Translation of speech delivered by The Minister of Revolutionary Development at the closing ceremony of the Administrative Conference The "Other War" in Bac Lieu Revolutionary Development Comes to Your Hamlet Translation of speech given by Major General Nguyen Duc Thang
23
Revolutionary Development Cadre Employment of Revolutionary Development Cadre Background data: Revolutionary Development Cadre Office of Field Operations Operational Memo 34-66: Transmittal of Revised Statute on RC Cadre and Related Documents Temporary Directions for Implementing New Decrees on Rural Construction Cadre Training Program Outline and Cadre Guide Book Quotas for Revolutionary Development Course Number 11
24
Rural Construction Table of Organization Rural Construction Cadre Group The Rural Construction Program in Vietnam Agriculture and the War Effort Table of Organization for Rural Construction Provincial Operations
25
Rural Development in Southeast Asia Rural Development Programs in Southeast Asia: Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and the Philippines The Accelerated Rural Development Program in Thailand -4 copies The Rural Construction Program in Vietnam -5 copies Statement by the Honorable Donald G. MacDonald, Director USAID Mission to Vietnam before the House Foreign Affairs Committee (19 April 1967)
26
Photocopies of Papers and Periodical articles pertaining to USAID in Southeast Asia 
Department of State Memo: Training for Local Government Development
27
U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam Command Information pamphlet 7-67: The Art of War by Sun Tzu
28
Synopsis of "Evaluation of the Leadership Training Course for the Youth of Central America, Panama, and Dominican Republic of the Inter-American Center, Loyola University
29
The CYCLO Issue 2 and 3
30
USAID Public Administration Bulletin Vietnam, Number 38 Special Issue: The VIllage Elections (1 JUne 1967)
31
Offprint from Southeast Asian Tribes, Minorities, and Nations, edited by Peter Kunstadter - 13 copies
32
Vietnam Information Notes: Office of Media Services, Bureau of Public Affairs, Department of State, Vietnam Information Notes, Numbers 1-3, Revised May 1967 Vietnam Information Notes: Office of Media Services, Bureau of Public Affairs, Department of State, Vietnam Information Notes, Number 5, April 1967 Vietnam Information Notes: Office of Media Services, Bureau of Public Affairs, Department of State, Vietnam Information Notes, Number 6, June 1967 Vietnam Information Notes: Office of Media Services, Bureau of Public Affairs, Department of State, Vietnam Information Notes, Number 7, July 1967 Vietnam Information Notes: Office of Media Services, Bureau of Public Affairs, Department of State, Vietnam Information Notes, Number 8, July 1967 Vietnam Information Notes: Office of Media Services, Bureau of Public Affairs, Department of State, Vietnam Information Notes, Number 9-10, August 1967
33
A Concept of Pacification
34
How the U.S. Got Involved in Vietnam by Jeff Drake
35
Life magazine article The Lowdown From the Tope U.S. Command in Saigon
36
Draft: Outline of New Policies for South East Asia
37
Memorandum: Plans and Preparation for Peace and Order in Vietnam (20 July 1964)
38
Politics and National Development in VIetnam 1954-1960 by Jerome T. French
39
The New Yorker magazine article A Reporter at Large: The Village of Ben Suc by Jonathan Schell
40
Stability in Rural Vietnam by Earl J. Young
41
Human Organization article The Structure of District Administration, Anti-administration Activity and Political Instability by George N. Appell
42
newspaper and magazine clippings
43
Photocopies of books or book sections 
2
D097.2B
Studies in International Security 10: Defeating Communist Insurgency: The Lessons of Malaya and Vietnam by Sir Robert Thompson
1
Hoi Chianh Group Motivation and Possible Use of Group Dynamic as an Instrument of Government Reform
2
Important Dates in the History of Vietnam from Its Origins to French Conquest
3
Mao Tse-Tung New Democray (1940)
4
Partial translation of A Solution ot the Problem of Vietnam by Colonel Hoang Van Lac
5
War Without Guns: American Civilians in Rural Vietnam by George K. Tanham
6
Pages from Why Vietnam?
7
A Summary History of Vietnam
8
Bibliographies Vietnam: A Bibliography by Judith Heaney A Short Select Bibliography of Books on Vietnam and the War University of California Library Holdings on Vietnam
9
Assorted Papers 
Envelopes Mailing envelopes from The Times of Vietnam Photo envelopes
10
Recommended Reading LIst for Psycholological Operations Course 3A-9305
11
Course material for Anthropolgy 144
12
Correspondence
13
Assorted papers
14
Hawaii Governor George Burns Innaugral Addresses 1962, 1966
15
Travel Vouchers and related material
16
Personal matters of John B. O'Donnell
17
Citations from the South Vietnamese government to John B. O'Donnell
18
Newspaper clippings (Oversize)
3
1
D097.2C (Oversize)

Separated Materials

Books
America in Vietnam by Guenter Lewy (1978).

The Economics of Insurgency in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam by Robert Sansom (1970).

Engineer Memoirs: Lieutenant General Edward L. Rowny, Former Ambassador (December 1995).

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961-1963, Volume II Vietnam 1962, editor in chief John P. Glennon (1990).

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961-1963, Volume III Vietnam January-August 1963, editor in chief John P. Glennon (1991).

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961-1963, Volume IV Vietnam August-December 1963, editor in chief John P. Glennon (1991).

The Green Berets in Vietnam, 1961-1971 by Francis J. Kelly (1991).

The Legacy of Vietnam: The War, American Society and the Future of American Foreign Policy, edited by Anthony Lake (1976).

My.Anh.Phap.Y Voi Van de Vietnam by Tran Ngoc Chau (1968).

No More Vietnams by Richard Nixon (1985).

A Soldier Reports by General William C. Westmoreland (1976).

South Vietnam: A Political History 1954-1970 Keesing's Research Report 5 (1970).

The Ten Thousand Day War, Vietnam: 1945-1975 by Michael Maclear (1981).

The Times of Vietnam, Volume I 1961.

The Times of Vietnam, Volume II 1961.

The Times of Vietnam, Volume III 1962.

The Times of Vietnam, Volume IV 1962.

The Times of Vietnam, Volume V 1962.

The Times of Vietnam, Volume VI 1963.

Twenty Years and Twenty Days by Nguyen Cao Ky (1976).

The United States in Vietnam by George McTurnan Kahin and John W. Lewis (1967).

Vietnam: An American Ordeal by George Donelson Moss (1990).

Village in Vietnam by Gerald Cannon Hickey (1964).

The War for South Vietnam: 1954-1975 by Anthony James Joes (1990).

Why We Were in Vietnam by Norman Podhoretz (1982).
Photographs
190 Photographs of Vietnam including Binh Dinh, Pha Yeh, Cia Dinh, Quang Nam and Phu Yen, VA037215 - VA037404.
Maps
Southeast Asia June 1965 (map collection section 12, drawer16).
Newsletters
Army Echoes: The Official Bulletin for the Army Retiree (January-March 1995)(Issue 1, Volume 39).
Periodicals
Vietnam (December 2000).

Vietnam (February 2001).

Vietnam (April 2001).

Vietnam (February 2002).

Vietnam (April 2002).

Vietnam (June 2002).

Vietnam (August 2002).

Digitized Materials

Items from this collection have been digitized and are available in the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

To search for items within this collection, or within all of the holdings of the Vietnam Archive, go to the Virtual Vietnam Archive