Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Douglas Pike Collection: Unit 03 - POW/MIA Issues
Collection Number
220
Date(s)
Undated
Size
10 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
Math Stacks 3
Processed by
T. Reynolds, Jun. 2004[Updated: Mar. 2013 by J. Saffell]
Digitization Status
Items from this collection have been digitized and are available in the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

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Scope and Content

This contains data from both sides regarding interments, treatment in the camps, repatriation, prisoner testimony, sighting reports, data on the resolution of the MIA issue. This section contains printed material documenting POW's/MIA's during and after the Vietnam Conflict. The main focus is on American POW's/MIA's but North and South Vietnamese prisoners are also covered. The types of sources included follow the trends of the issue. The majority of the General Literature, which includes government documents and official accounts as opposed to Clippings which focuses on the articles produced by the press, written during the time of the Conflict was published by U.S. government agencies. Congressional hearings, committee reports and research requests on the subject of POW's occurred early in the conflict and continued until 1993 when Dr. Pike stopped gathering material for the unit. Few government agencies pursued the POW/MIA matter as consistently and dilligently as Congress. The Department of Defense, Defense Intelligence Agency, and Central Intelligence Agency produced papers on POW's and MIA's and sanitized sighting reports can be found throughout. Except for one major exception, there is very little material from these sources between 1975 to 1980. The Department of Defense published an exhaustive 15 volume study covering personnel, PW camps, gravesites and crashsites in 1978. In the 1980's when the POW/MIA issue again fell under public scrutiny, these agencies released reports and short letters in response to charges made by the press or POW/MIA groups. Much of the material produced by U.S. government agencies consisted of JUPAO, USIS, FBIS,and USIA bulletins attacking the treatment of U.S. POW's. The North Vietnamese countered these claims with their own newspaper and radio reports,which have been transcripted, on the conditions of the POW's . Once the conflict ended the government's information agencies concentrated on other subject and it fell to civilian groups such as the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in South East Asia to focus attention on the POW/MIA issue. They circulated newsletters designed to bring awareness of the POW/MIA issue to the public and pressure Congress to stay involved. Secondary sources, such as domestic newspapers and magazines, cover the major trends of the issue including early releases of prisoners by the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese, conditions of the prisoners, peace talks, Son Tay, Operation Homecoming, the return of Marine PFC Garwood, and reports of living POW's and hoaxes in the 1980's-90's

Biographical Note

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

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research
Physical Access
Math Stacks 3

  • Portions of this collection are stored offsite and require 48 hour notice to be accessed.

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
POW/MIA (General Literature), Overview 1948-1969
19
1
POW/MIA (General Literature), Overview 1970
2
POW/MIA (General Literature), Overview January-June 1971
3
POW/MIA (General Literature), Overview July 1971-1972
4
POW/MIA (General Literature), 1973
5
POW/MIA (General Literature), 1974-1975
6
POW/MIA (General Literature), January-April 1976
7
POW/MIA (General Literature), April-June 1976
8
POW/MIA (General Literature), June-December 1976
9
POW/MIA (General Literature), Undated
10
POW/MIA (Clippings), 1948-1974
11
POW/MIA (Clippings), 1977-1986
20
1
POW/MIA (General Literature), 1979-1982
2
POW/MIA (General Literature), 1945-July 1966
3
POW/MIA (Clippings), 1945-July 1966
4
POW/MIA (General Literature), July 1966-December 1966
5
POW/MIA (Clippings), July 1966-December 1966
6
POW/MIA (General Literature), 1967
7
POW/MIA (Clippings), 1967
8
POW/MIA (General Literature), 1968
9
POW/MIA (Clippings), 1968
10
POW/MIA (General Literature), 1969
11
POW/MIA (Clippings), 1969
12
POW/MIA (General Literature), January-October 1970
13
POW/MIA (Clippings), January-October 1970
14
POW/MIA (General Literature), November-December 1970
21
1
POW/MIA (Clippings), November-December 1970
2
POW/MIA (General Literature), January-February 1971
3
POW/MIA (General Literature), March 1971
4
POW/MIA (General Literature), April-May 1971
5
POW/MIA (Clippings), January-May 1971
6
POW/MIA (General Literature), June-September 1971
7
POW/MIA (Clippings), June-September 1971
8
POW/MIA (General Literature), October-December 1971
9
POW/MIA (Clippings), October-December 1971
10
POW/MIA (General Literature), January-March 1972
11
POW/MIA (Clippings), January-March 1972
12
POW/MIA (General Literature), April-September 1972
22
1
POW/MIA (Clippings), May-September 1972
2
POW/MIA (General Literature), October 1972-January 1973
3
POW/MIA (Clippings), October 1972-January 1973
4
POW/MIA (General Literature), February 1973
5
POW/MIA (Clippings), February 1973
6
POW/MIA (General Literature), March 1973
7
POW/MIA (Clippings), March 1973
8
POW/MIA (General Literature), April 1973
9
POW/MIA (Clippings), April 1973
10
POW/MIA (General Literature), May-July 1973
23
1
POW/MIA (Clippings), May-July 1973
2
POW/MIA (General Literature), August-December 1973
3
POW/MIA (Clippings), August-December 1973
4
POW/MIA (General Literature), January-April 1974
5
POW/MIA (Clippings), January-April 1974
6
POW/MIA (General Literature), May-September 1974
7
POW/MIA (Clippings), May-September 1974
8
POW/MIA (General Literature), October 1974-August 1975
9
POW/MIA (Clippings), October 1974-August 1975
10
POW/MIA (General Literature), September 1975-October 1975
11
POW/MIA (General Literature), November 1975-December 1975
12
POW/MIA (General Literature), January 1976-February 1976
13
POW/MIA (Clippings), September 1975-February 1976
14
POW/MIA (General Literature), March-May 1976
24
1
POW/MIA (Clippings), June-September 1976
2
POW/MIA (General Literature), October 1976-October 1978
3
POW/MIA (General Literature), October 1978-October 1979
4
POW/MIA (Clippings), March 1976-October 1980
5
POW/MIA (General Literature), 1982
6
POW/MIA (Clippings), 1981-1982
7
POW/MIA (General Literature), 1983-May 1984
8
POW/MIA (Clippings), 1983-May 1984
9
POW/MIA (General Literature), June 1984-January 1985
10
POW/MIA (Clippings), 1984-January 1985
11
POW/MIA (General Literature), February 1985-1986
25
1
POW/MIA (Clippings), February 1985-December 1985
2
POW/MIA (Clippings), 1986
3
POW/MIA (General Literature), January 1987-February 1987
4
POW/MIA (General Literature), March 1987-December 1988
5
POW/MIA (Clippings), 1987-1988
6
POW/MIA (General Literature), 1989-1990
7
POW/MIA (Clippings), 1989-1990
8
POW/MIA (General Literature), January-July 1991
9
POW/MIA (General Literature), August-December 1991
10
POW/MIA (Clippings), 1991
11
POW/MIA (General Literature), 1992
26
1
POW/MIA (Clippings), January 1992-April 1992
2
POW/MIA (Clippings), May 1992-December 1992
3
POW/MIA (General Literature), 1993
4
POW/MIA (Clippings), 1993
5
POW/MIA (General Literature), 1994
6
POW/MIA (Clippings), 1994
7
POW/MIA (General Literature), 1995
8
POW/MIA (Clippings), 1995
9
POW/MIA (General Literature), 1996-1997
10
POW/MIA (Clippings), 1996
11
Uncorrelated Information, Volume I, Section I, Parts 1
12
Uncorrelated Information, Volume I, Section I, Parts 2
13
Uncorrelated Information, Volume II, Section I, Parts 1
14
Uncorrelated Information, Volume II, Section I, Parts 2
15
Uncorrelated Information, Volume III, Section I, Parts 1
16
Uncorrelated Information, Volume III, Section I, Parts 2
17
Uncorrelated Information, Volume III, Section I, Parts 3
18
Uncorrelated Information, Volume IV, Section I, Parts 1
19
Uncorrelated Information, Volume IV, Section I, Parts 2
20
Uncorrelated Information, Volume IV, Section I, Parts 3
21
Uncorrelated Information, Volume V, Section I, Parts 1
27
1
Uncorrelated Information, Volume V, Section I, Parts 2
2
Uncorrelated Information, Volume V, Section I, Parts 3
3
Uncorrelated Information, Volume VI, Section I, Parts 1
4
Uncorrelated Information, Volume VI, Section I, Parts 2
5
Uncorrelated Information, Volume VI, Section I, Parts 3
6
Uncorrelated Information, Volume VII, Section I and II, Parts 1
7
Uncorrelated Information, Volume VII, Section I and II, Parts 2
8
Uncorrelated Information, Volume VII, Section I and II, Parts 3
9
Uncorrelated Information, Volume VIII, Section II, Parts 1
10
Uncorrelated Information, Volume VIII, Section II, Parts 2
11
Uncorrelated Information, Volume VIII, Section II, Parts 3
12
Uncorrelated Information, Volume IX, Section II, Parts 1
28
1
Uncorrelated Information, Volume IX, Section II, Parts 2
2
Uncorrelated Information, Volume IX, Section II, Parts 3
3
Uncorrelated Information, Volume X, Section II, Parts 1
4
Uncorrelated Information, Volume X, Section II, Parts 2
5
Uncorrelated Information, Volume X, Section II, Parts 3
6
Uncorrelated Information, Volume XI, Section II, Parts 1
7
Uncorrelated Information, Volume XI, Section II, Parts 2
8
Uncorrelated Information, Volume XII, Section II, Parts 1
9
Uncorrelated Information, Volume XII, Section II, Parts 2
10
Uncorrelated Information, Volume XII, Section II, Parts 3
11
Uncorrelated Information, Volume XIII, Section II, Parts 1
12
Uncorrelated Information, Volume XIII, Section II, Parts 2
13
Uncorrelated Information, Volume XIII, Section II, Parts 3
14
Uncorrelated Information, Volume XIV, Section II, Parts 1
15
Uncorrelated Information, Volume XIV, Section II, Parts 2
16
Uncorrelated Information, Volume XIV, Section II, Parts 3
17
Uncorrelated Information, Volume XV, Published Studies
18

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