Vietnam Center & Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive News and Updates

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Guest Lecture Series Presents Dr. Raymond Scurfield

The Vietnam Center and Archive is proud to present Dr. Raymond Scurfield on Thursday, April 19th at 7:00pm in the Lanier Auditorium of the Texas Tech University School of Law.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

A former professor of social work at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Scurfield is an expert in PTSD. He served as an Army officer on a psychiatric team in Vietnam from 1968-69, and has spent three decades working with hundreds of combat veterans of the Vietnam War and other conflicts. Scurfield is the author of numerous books and articles on the effects of PTSD.

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 2012 VNCA Guest Lecture Series see, or contact Mary Saffell at 806-742-9010 or

Monday, February 13, 2012

Vietnam Center and Archive Closed Until Noon

Due to snow and icy conditions, the Vietnam Center and Archive will not open until noon today, February 13th.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Latest Issue of the Friends of the Vietnam Center Newsletter Available Online

The Fall 2011 issue of the Friends of the Vietnam Center Newsletter is now available online.  This issue contains an article on the ten year anniversary of the Virtual Vietnam Archive and an overview of the Center and Archive’s scheduled events for 2012.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Douglas Pike Collection: Indochina Archive

Douglas Eugene Pike, undated (va009049)

The finding aid, or collection inventory, for the Douglas Pike Collection: Indochina Archive is now available online.  This collection is over 234 linear feet, and primarily consists of newspaper clippings and periodicals, covering political, social, and economical issues of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV), a.k.a. North Vietnam, and later the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV), present day Vietnam, from 1929-2001, with the bulk being from the mid 1960s-1980s. The clippings deal with a large variety of topics, ranging from foreign relations, economy, armed forces, legal issues, ethnic groups, refugees, to reeducation.

When Professor Pike moved from Berkeley to Texas Tech in the mid-1990’s, this portion of his collection remained behind to be maintained and administered by the University of California.  In 2009 the University contacted the Vietnam Center and Archive about transferring the remainder of the collection to Texas Tech to reunite the complete Pike collection.  In late 2009 the collection was brought to Texas Tech and processed, resulting in the Indochina Archive collection.

The collection is available to researchers in the Reading Room of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections library during our normal business hours.  Questions about the collection can be addressed to our Reference Archivist at

Link to Douglas Pike Collection: Indochina Archive –

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Vietnam Center and Archive Featured on

The Vietnam Center and Archive is being featured in the library showcase of the website.  Ilovelibraries, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA), includes an article in their November issue by VNCA Associate Director/Archivist Mary Saffell titled An Archival Memorial: Documenting the War in Vietnam. This extensive piece includes an overview of the Center and Archive and our history, some of the unique collections held by the Archive, and ways for people to keep up with news about the VNCA.  The complete article can be read online at

The ALA was started in 1853 with the mission to promote library service and librarianship and currently has over 66,000 members.  The site was launched in 2007 to “keep America informed about what’s happening in today’s libraries, focusing on public, school, corporate and institutional settings.”

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Marines!

Today is the U.S. Marines 236th Birthday and the staff of the Vietnam Center and Archive wish to say Happy Birthday and thank you Marines for your service.  We have created a small exhibit of Marine items from our collection to celebrate this day.  To see the exhibit, click on the link below.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Happy Birthday U.S. Navy!

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.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Happy Birthday U. S. Air Force!

Today is the Air Force’s 64th birthday, and the staff of the Vietnam Center & Archive want to wish the Air Force a very Happy Birthday!  We have created a small exhibit of Air Force related materials from our collection to celebrate.  You can click here to view the exhibit, or use the link at the bottom of this post.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Happy Birthday U.S. Coast Guard!

Today the U. S. Coast Guard turns 221.  To honor the Coast Guard and celebrate their birthday, we have created a small exhibit of Coast Guard materials from our collection.  The Vietnam Center and Archive staff would like to say thank you to all of the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard for all that they do.  Click on the link below to see the exhibit.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day from the Vietnam Center and Archive, and thank you to all of those who have worked to preserve our freedom!

US Navy In-shore Patrol Craft on the Bo De River, Republic of Vietnam (undated) [permalink]

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