Vietnam Documents and Research Notes Series
Location: Microfilm DS 557.4 V553 1991
Scope: This collection contains
never-before-published documents captured from North Vietnamese and Viet Cong
soldiers. The documents were one of the most important tools Americans used to
learn about the military plans and political strategies of the enemy.
Completely translated into English, the documents include the full text of
Viet Cong and North Vietnamese political and military reports, treatises,
resolutions, directives, and program descriptions. They were compiled by the
Joint U.S. Public Affairs Office (JUSPAO), which coordinated all U.S.
psychological and information activities.
These documents allow researchers to trace the conduct of the political as
well as the military aspects of the war—from the other side. Researchers can
follow everything from the effects of pacification on the Viet Cong/North
Vietnamese Army to the Tet Offensive.
In addition to captured documents, the collection also includes documents
from the North Vietnamese domestic wire service, Viet-Nam News Agency. These
wire service reports and broadcasts highlight the North Vietnamese propaganda
efforts. There are also a small number of studies, based on captured documents,
that analyze specific aspects of the Viet Cong/North Vietnamese insurgency.
Most documents deal primarily with political topics. North Vietnamese
soldiers’ diaries and comments on their military conditions and tasks are also
included. Everything from poems to letters to loved ones from homesick soldiers
give a uniquely vivid picture of the enemy.
Related microform collections are:
Vietnam: A Documentary Collection--Westmoreland v. CBS.
(Microfiche Cabinet 23 Drawer 8)
(Microfiche Cabinet 23, Drawer 8).
Related Web sites are
Declassified CIA Documents
on the Vietnam War - providing an in-depth indexing of the CIA
declassified documents on the Vietnam War and, where possible, a link to
the full-text documents available at
Virtual Vietnam Archive
How to search the collection:
A guide (Microfilm DS 557.4 V553 1991 Guide) lists everything on each reel of
microfilm, and also has a subject index which gives the reel number and page
number for each item.
Guides: Vietnam documents and research
notes series (microform) translation and analysis of significant Viet Cong/North
Vietnamese documents: microfilmed from the holdings of the Library of the U.
S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania/Project
editor, Robert Lester. Bethesda, MD: University Publications of
America, c1991. (shelved at Microfilm DS557.4 V553 1991)
For more information about this subject in our Library Catalog, check out
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 -- Sources.
Time Period: 20th Century
Subject keywords: Military history, Vietnam War
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