America and Vietnam

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Once you have some background information on your topic (see the "Reference" tab, or Major Problems in the History of the Vietnam WarAC Frost Reserves DS557.7 .M355 2008b), try searching the 5 College Catalog for relevant books. You might start by using one of the following sets of subject keywords, and then narrowing down with more specific topics:

Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Vietnam  Foreign Relations  United States
United States  Foreign Relations  Vietnam
Vietnam (Republic)  Foreign Relations  United States
United States  Foreign Relations  Vietnam (Republic)

Sub-headings might include:

Art and the war
Diplomatic history
Literature and the war
Missing in action
Motion pictures and the war
Personal narratives
Pictorial works
Press coverage
Prisoners and prisons
Protest movements
Psychological aspects
Public opinion
Social aspects
Songs and music
Underground movements


    • Reference Universe
      Searchable index of the library's entire reference collection, both print and electronic.

    Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War : a political, social, and military history / Spencer C. Tucker, editor. AC Frost Reference DS557.7 .E53 1998

    Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War / editor, Stanley I. Kutler. AC Frost Reference DS557.7 .E53 1996


    Primary Sources

    For general recommendations for finding primary sources (especially in a library catalog), see our "Primary Sources Research Guide". 

    Alt-PressWatch (1970 to present) 
    Full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the alternative and independent press.

    Alternative Press Index (1969 to present) 
    Covers alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines.

    The American Presidency Project
    The American Presidency Project contains the most comprehensive collection of resources pertaining to the study of the President of the United States. Sample document: John F. Kennedy. The President's News Conference.  November 14, 1963. The American Presidency Project. 

    CIA Freedom of Information Act Reading Room
    See especially the Vietnam Collection, and the Vietnam HistoriesSample document: SNIE 53-2-63: The Situation in South Vietnam. June 3, 1963. CIA Freedom of Information Act Reading Room, Vietnam Collection. 

    Congressional Publications 
    Index to U.S. congressional material, some full text.

    Five Colleges Archives & Manuscript Collections
    Use this for archival materials in the Five Colleges. Sample finding aid: John Merson Papers, 1960-1968

    FBI Records - The Vault
    See especially the Anti-War Movement

    Foreign Relations of the United States
    The Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. See especially the KennedyJohnson, and Nixon presidencies, and the Guide to Sources on Vietnam, 1969-1975.

    Historical Newspapers (ProQuest) 
    Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, Chinese Newspaper Collection, Los Angeles Times, New York Amsterdam News, New York Times, Times of India, and Washington Post. Sample document: Sell, Ted. "U.S. Plans Diem Coup, Saigon Paper Insists." Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File): 5. Sep. 20, 1963. ProQuest.

    Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library Online Collections
    Digitized documents from the Johnson Presidential Library, including daily diaries, telephone conversation transcripts, and National Security Action Memoranda.

    National Security Archives Electronic Briefing Books
    The National Security Archive's continually growing collection of Electronic Briefing Books (EBBs) provide timely online access to critical declassified records on issues including U.S. national security, foreign policy, diplomatic and military history, intelligence policy, and much more. Sample document: Prados, John"JFK and the Diem Coup" The National Security Archive. Nov. 5, 2003.

    Nixon Presidential Library: Virtual Library
    igitized documents from the Nixon Presidential Library, including the Presidential Daily Diary, H.R. Haldeman Diaries, National Security Memoranda, and more.

    Sixties: primary documents and personal narratives 1960-1974 
    Resource brings the 1960s alive through diaries, letters, autobiographies and other memoirs, written and oral histories, manifestos, government documents, memorabilia, and scholarly commentary.


    UMASS Amherst Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives: Vietnam War (47 collections)

    U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1976) 
    Reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Preceded by American State Papers.

    Vietnam War and American foreign policy (ProQuest History Vault) (1960-1975) 
    A collection of primary sources covering everything from early U.S. involvement in the region up to the final resolution of the war at the Paris Peace Talks and the evacuation of U.S. troops in 1973. Sample document: Military coup against Ngo Dinh Diem, November 1-2, 1963. 1963. Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy, 1960-1975.