Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Ogden Williams Collection
Association
USOM/Office of Rural Affairs, Saigon
Collection Number
1525
Date(s)
Undated
Size
5.0 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
D103.5A; D103.1B; D030.1; Restricted Access; Photograph Collection; Slide Collection; Negative Collection; Cold Storage Vault; Library; Museum Objects; Oversized Drawers
Processed by
C. Trobridge, Mar. 2005[Updated: Jul. 2012 by G. Lerma]
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

Approximately five linear feet of photographs, negatives, slides, museum objects, Ogden Williams' personal files, correspondence, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, Vietnamese currency, essays, Chieu Hoi material, and an oral history interview by Harry Maurer with Ogden Williams document Ogden Williams career in the Foreign Service, particularly his time with USAID, as Director of the Chieu Hoi Program from 1966 to 1969, and as Director of the Vietnam Training Center in Washington D.C..

Biographical Note

Ogden Williams was born on 22 January 1920. From 1942-1946 Williams served in the Army Air Force ferrying aircraft from the United States. Following his tour with the Army Air Force, Williams received his degree and practiced law. From 1951 to 1964 Williams served in various U.S. government positions overseas, including 1956 and 1957 when he was stationed in Saigon. During 1964 Williams was the Director of Field Operations of U.S.A.I.D. in Vietnam. Followed by his service in Vietnam, he became the Deputy Director of U.S. A.I.D. in Tunisia. From 1966-1971, Williams was the Director of the Chieu Hoi program in Vietnam. Following his service in Vietnam, Williams became the Director of the Vietnam Training Center in Washington D.C. In 1974, Williams retired from the Federal Government and returned to Vietnam to try to get some of his friends in Vietnam out before the communist overran the South.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
"Last Trip to Vietnam (April 4-22, 1975)" by Ogden Williams
1
1
D103.5A
"The Chieu Hoi Program in South Vietnam, 1963-1971" by J.A. Koch
2
"Chieu Hoi: A U.S. Pacification Program in VIetnam Revisited, 1963-1972" by Jeannine Swift
3
"The Dark Night of the Hmong"
4
"Journey's End: The Future of the Hmong" by Thaokay Nhiavuthao
60 Minutes transcript "Our Secret Army"
5
"Hanoi in My Time" by John Colvin
6
Memo: "Chieu Hoi Operation Memorandum No. 1/69: Administration and Operation of the Armed Propaganda Teams"
7
Chieu Hoi Program: 1967 Year End Report
"Effects of Tet Offensive on the Cheu Hoi Program"
"Chieu Hoi Returnees During the Tet Offensive"
"The Kit Carson Scout Program 1966-1968"
"Cheu Hoi Division: Sector Plan, 1968:
"The Communist Paradise"
8
"The Loss of South Vietnam: Some Facts and Perceptions" by Bui Diem
9
"This is Everday Vietnamese"
10
pamphlet "Hearing before the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Affairs House of Representatives: Use of Chemical Agents in Southeast Asia since the VIetnam War (12 December 1979)
11
Statement of Thomas D. Davies, Assistant Director, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency before the Committee on Foreign Affairs House of Representatives, concerning Allegations of the use of Chemical Warfare in Southeast Asia
Statement of Mr. Tou Yi Vang before the Committee on Foreign Affairs House of Representatives, concerning Chemical Warfare in Indochina
Statement for the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Evelyn Colber
1963 Coup
12
U.S. Delegation-Four Party Joint Military Team
13
"Re-education in Vietnam (A report from Saigon from a graduate)"
14
"The French Experience"
15
Ogden Williams CV and Resume
16
Oral History interview conducted by Harry Maurer with Ogden Williams
17
Ogden Williams Personnel File
18
Republic of Vietnam Medal of Honor awarded to Ogden Williams
19
Correspondence regarding the Chieu Hoi Program
20
Correspondence from Williams at the Vietnam Training Center
21
Correspondence, 1970
22
Correspondence, Personal 1970
23
Correspondence from Williams at the Vietnam Training Center (January-June 1970)
24
Correspondence (July-December 1970)
25
Correspondence from Williams at the Vietnam Training Center (January-June 1971)
26
Correspondence, Personal 1971
27
Correspondence, 1971-1973
28
Correspondence (assorted dates)
29
Correspondence (assorted dates)
30
North Vietnamese paper flag
31
materials removed from scrapbook
32
assorted materials
33
photo enclosures from Vietnam
34
negative enclosures from Vietnam
35
Ogden Williams personnel file from World War II
2
1
D103.5B
Navigator's log book
2
Ogden Williams passports (1962-1997)
3
Material from Ogden Williams time in India
4
New Hebrides material
5
New Yorker magazine article, "Letter from South Vietnam"
6
National Geographic article, " South Vietnam Fights the Red Tide"
7
National Geographic article, "Passage to Freedom in Vientam" (June 1955)
8
Correspondence
9
newspaper and magazine articles
10
World War II-related correspondence
3
1
D103.5C
World War II orders & documents
2
World War II flight book
3
Tunisia USAID documents
4
Tunisia USAID flight log, 1966
5
Vietnam-related correspondence, 1963-1978
6
Vietnam-related correspondence, 1971-1987
7
Miscellaneous Vietnam correspondence
8
Ogden Williams' perspectives on various Vietnam war-related issues
9
Hmong refugee documents
10
"The Kit Carson Scout Program, 1966-1968" prepared by Chieu Hoi Division, MACCORDS Saigon, 18 January 1968
11
"Vietnamese Smorgasbord - Only an Appetizer" - languge skills workbook
12
"Getting to Know Vietnam: Modular Vietnamese" (Pioneer Edition) - Foreign Service Institute, 1970
13
Modular Vietnamese - "Getting Around in Saigon" & Miscellaneous language workbook pages
14
Evaluation & Awards of Ogden Williams in VIetnam
15
Vietnam Documentation [*One document has been photocopied with the original placed in RESTRICTED ACCESS due to personal information]
16
"Vietnam - Vital Issues in the Great Debate", prepared and published by the Foreign Policy Association, 1966
17
60 Minutes: "Our Secret Army" - Produced by Barry Lando, 4 March 1979
18
Vietnam transparencies
19
West Virginia-related correspondence and documents
20
Recollections of service in India and meeting Che Guevara
21
Afghanistan-related documents
22
International Human Assistance Programs (IHAP) correspondence - Chad
23
Israel/Middle East issues correspondence
24
South American-related correspondence
25
Miscellaneous correspondence and documentation
26
Personal records and resume of Ogden Williams
27
Passports
28
Newspaper and magazine clippings, various dates
29
Magazines and newspapers
4
1
D103.1B (Oversize)
Flight Forecast
2
newspapers from the New Hebrides 
3
Vanuaaku Viewpoints (20 September 1979)
Niu Hebridis Art Festivol Nius Leta (October 1979)
Tru Toktok: Journal du parti Federal des Nouvelles Hebrides (27 September 1979)
Nabanga (7 July 1979, 8 September 1979, 22 September 1979, 29 September 1979, 6 October 1979)
A souvenir photoalbum presented by the director, members and returnees of the Reception Directorate, Chieu Hoi Program, March 1969
5
1
D103.1D(Oversized)
Preservation photocopies of Ogden Williams' scrapbook of Europe, 1951-1952. The original scrapbook was scanned and then dismantled after to preserve the photographs.
2
Original pages of Williams' scrapbook of Europe, 1951-1952: Photographs have been removed and separated for preservation.
Thirteen rolled and/or damaged photographs
6
D030.1 (Oversized)

Separated Materials

Books
New Hebrides: Efate.

New Hebrides: The Road to Independence.
Photographs
VA040994-VA041427.

VA041790-VA041804.

VA049431 - VA049514: approximately 500 photos of Vietnam and surrounding areas.

VA051423 - VA051516: 96 photographs of Europe 1951.

VA051517 - VA051563: 47 photographs of Germany, 1953.

VA051564 - VA051590: 27 contact/proof sheets.

VA051591 - VA051623: 32 photographs of India.

VA051624 - VA051944: 321 photographs of Vietnam.

13 rolled/damaged photographs [Located in Box 6 in Collection Inventory].

VAN012450-VAN015022: negatives of Vietnam and surrounding areas.

VA064133 - VA064168.
Slides
VAS033641 - VAS033645: Hmong children.

VAS033638 - VAS033640, VAS033646, VAS048455 - VAS049409.

132 general Vietnam slides.

30 slides of 1971 trip to Vietnam & India.

27 slides of escape from Vietnam, 1975.

33 slides of Macau, China, 1978.

78 slides of Thailand and China, 1978.

49 slides of China, 1978.

27 slides of New Hebrides, 1979.

39 slides of a 1981 fair.

435 miscellaneous slides.
Maps
Regional Aeronical Chart (Iceland) (stored in map section 12, drawer 15).

U.S. Army Air Forces Special Air Navigation Chart: Newfoundland to Northwest Africa (stored in map section 12, drawer 15).

New Hebrides Condominium Des Nouvelles-Hebrides (stored in map section 12, drawer 15).
Posters
Chieu Hoi (stored in map section 12, drawer 15).
Museum Objects
1525museum3046: PAA Ferries Inc pin.

1525museum3047: USAID Medal.

1525museum3048: Ogden Williams' dog tag.

1525museum3049: Chieu Hoi pin.

1525museum3050: Foreign Service Institute (VTC) pin.

1525museum3051: Pin with a water buffalo head.

1525museum3053: PAA Ferries Inc pin.

1525museum3054: 25 years of government service pin.

1525museum3055: Small USAID pin.

1525museum3056: 5 Dong coin.

1525museum3057: Unidentified colorful pin with yin and yang and two lions.

1525museum3058: German Rentenmark.

1525museum3059: Eastern Construction Company plaque.

1525museum3060: Jeppesen navigational plotter.
Electronic Media
1525EM0387: Scans of Ogden Williams' scrapbook of Europe, 1951-1952.
Moving Images
1525VI1959: First trip to Vinh Long 1963.

1525VI1960: Pleiku II.

1525VI1961: AP Bac drilling April 1962.

1525VI1962: Buddist #2.

1525VI1963: People in Saigon May 1964.

1525VI1964: March-June 1963 Helicopters in Dalat, 1st Busshist Silent Demonstration.

1525VI1965: 1963 View from Apartment.

1525VI1966: Vinh Long Operation May 1963.

1525VI1967: Saigon Buddhist and Catholic demonstrations May 1964.

1525VI1968: November 1 Revolution morning after (1963).

1525VI1969: 1963 Saigon funeral, birds and street scenes.

1525VI1970: Pleiku National Day.

1525VI1971: Trip to Phu Bai.

1525VI1972: Ogden Williams on tour at Hien Vuong.

1525VI1973: 1968 trip to Phi Yen.

1525VI1974: Bad.

1525VI1975: September-November 1963 coup.

1525VI1976: May 1964.

1525VI1977: Tay Ninh June 1964.

1525VI1978: Trip to Phu Bai.

1525VI1979: Vinh Binh trip.

1525VI1980: House July 1965.

1525VI1981: Landing at Hhan Son Nhut.

1525VI1982: Saigon.

1525VI1983: Kids in movies in Saigon.

1525VI1984: Saigon Parade, November 1967.

1525VI1985: Overthrow of Diem, Vietnam 1963.

1525VI2398: Tokyo (8mm film) [D143.1].

1525VI2394: Mexico - Cholula, Cancun - Tape 1 (8mm film) [D143.1].

1525VI2400: Mexico - Cholula, Cancun - Tape 2 (8mm film) [D143.1].

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