Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Accuracy in Media
Collection Number
177
Date(s)
Undated
Size
3.0 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
D031.3A
Processed by
J. Saffell, Jan. 2002[Updated: Jun. 2003 by T. Lovelady]
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

Accuracy in Media Video Development Collection (Douglas Pike Collection) Description and Scope of the Collection The Accuracy in Media (AIM) Video Development Collection documents the efforts of Peter Rollins to develop a video documentary on the role of media in the Vietnam War. The film began as an independent production by Dr. Peter Rollins, an English professor at Oklahoma State, and two colleagues. Rollins. original goal in his research was to make a statement about the media coverage on the Vietnam War, but with particular emphasis on the Tet Offensive and the battle of Khe Sanh. The project members conducted their research in the late seventies largely at a conference held by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the United States Marine Corps archives. The project evolved over the years, changing names and shifting focus. The film project enjoyed grant funds until completion in 1982. However, the product must not have pleased Rollins. In 1984, he received a generous fellowship from Accuracy in Media, Inc., apparently to refine the film. The documentary became a two part series. The first program, .The Real Story., was an effort to rebut the PBS series, Vietnam: A Television History and the second program, .The Impact of Media., addressed the impact of media on the Vietnam War. Rollins completed the video for distribution by AIM in 1985. The collection separates into eight series. .Interviews. composes of primary materials and .United States Marine Corps. mainly offers guidance materials to the Marine Corps archives photo and oral history collections. Grant applications largely comprise .Finances. and .Correspondence. consists of letters that advise and analyze Rollins. project. .Video Production. provides some of the details of the project.s development, while .Publicity. is self-explanatory. The last series, .Accuracy in Media., dates from Rollins. association with AIM and mostly documents the evolution of the final scripts. The materials in the collection could be valuable to a researcher concerned with attitudes toward media. Also, the files are beneficial because they include 35 unique interview transcripts with Tet combatants and many notable scholars and officials, such as Peter Braestrup, Douglas Pike, William Westmoreland and Walt Rostow. Biography and Provenance Professor Pike was born in 1925. He served as a journalist in the Army during World War II(in the Pacific Theater of Operations) and during the Korean Conflict. He earned degrees from the University of California-Berkeley and American University. He served as an FSO in Taiwan, Korea, Lebanon, and Vietnam. In 1982 he began teaching at UC-Berkeley and in 1997 moved Texas Tech University. Professor Pike housed and supported the Collection until 1982 when he moved it to Berkeley. It remained there until 1992 when Berkeley considered discontinuing its support for the Indo-China Studies Project. After being approached by Professor Pike, Dr. James Reckner, Director of the Vietnam Center at Tech, and Dr. David Murrah, Assistant Director of Libraries for the Special Collections, worked together to bring the Collection to the Archive in 1994. Collection Processed and Finding Aid Produced by Chris Heinemeier The Accuracy in Media Video Development Collection - Finding Aid

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

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