Vietnam War Bibliography:

Microfilmed, CD-ROM, and Online Document Collections

Presidential and National Security Council Collections

The John F. Kennedy National Security Files: Vietnam: National Security Files, 1961-1963. ISBN 1-55655-015-4. OCLC 18797899. 7 reels. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America. From the files of the National Security Council, in the Kennedy Presidential Library.

The John F. Kennedy National Security Files: Vietnam: National Security Files, 1961-1963, First Supplement. ISBN 1-55655-949-6. 4 reels. Bethesda, MD: UPA (LexisNexis), 2004.

The John F. Kennedy National Security Files: Asia and the Pacific: National Security Files, 1961-1963. ISBN 1-55655-006-7. 10 reels. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America.

President John F. Kennedy's Office Files.  Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America.

Part 5: Countries File.  28 reels.  ISBN 1-55655-093-6.

Official Exchanges of the President and Secretary of State with Foreign Leaders, 1961-1966. Bethesda, MD: UPA/LexisNexis, 2006 (forthcoming). Approximately 15 reels. ISBN 0-88692-779-X.

The Lyndon B. Johnson National Security Files: Vietnam: National Security Files, November 1963-June 1965. 17 reels. ISBN 0-89093-461-4. OCLC 18337888. From the files of the National Security Council, in the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library. Frederick MD: University Publications of America, 1992.

The Lyndon B. Johnson National Security Files: Vietnam, First Supplement. 18 reels. ISBN 1-55655-640-3. Bethesda: University Publications of America, 1996.

The Lyndon B. Johnson National Security Files: Vietnam, Second Supplement.  33 reels.  ISBN 1-55655-804-X.  Bethesda: University Publications of America, 2000. Guide

The Lyndon B. Johnson National Security Files, Vietnam, 1963-1969, Third Supplement.  7 reels.  ISBN 1-55655-940-2.  Bethesda, MD: UPA/LexisNexis, 2006. Guide

The Lyndon B. Johnson National Security Files: Vietnam, Special Subjects: National Security Files, 1963-1969. 36 reels. ISBN 0-89093-999-3. OCLC 18337960. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1987. Reels 24 & 25 especially relevant to Tonkin Gulf. Guide.

The Lyndon B. Johnson National Security Files: Asia and the Pacific: National Security Files, 1963-1969. ISBN 0-89093-996-9. 15 reels. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America.

The Lyndon B. Johnson National Security Files: Asia and the Pacific, First Supplement. ISBN 1-55655-639-X. 12 reels. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1996.

The Lyndon B. Johnson National Security Files, 1963-1969: Name and Speech Files. ISBN 1-55655-472-9. 10 reels. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1993.Guide compiled by Blair D. Hydrick. x, 34 pp. Considerable Vietnam-related material.

The Confidential File of the Johnson White House, 1963-1969. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, (1997?).

Memos of the Special Assistant for National Security Affairs: McGeorge Bundy to President Johnson, 1963-1966 (ISBN 0-89093-748-6). 4 reels. Filmed from the LBJ Presidential Library. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America.

Daily Diary of President Johnson (1963-1969). Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1980. Not a record of the President's thoughts that he wrote down himself, but a very detailed record of his activities, kept by his staff.

Minutes and Documents of the Cabinet Meetings of President Johnson (1963-1969). 17 reels. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1980. ISBN 0-89093-387-1.

Political Activities of the Johnson White House, 1963-1969.

The Johnson Administration's Response to Anti-Vietnam War Activities.

The Vietnam War and the Johnson Administration, part 1, White House Central Files--Vietnam Subject File. Bethesda, MD: UPA/LexisNexis, 2006 (forthcoming). Approximately 25 reels. ISBN 0-88692-790-0.

Vietnam: National Security Council Histories (alternate title The War in Vietnam: Classified Histories by the National Security Council). 8 reels. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America. Members of the NSC staff compiled short historical summaries of key turning points in the war between 1964 and 1968, accompanied by large collections of the documents on which the summaries had been based. In some cases, at least, the historical summary itself was still classified when the microfilming was done, so the microfilm contains only source documents. OCLC 20171455. ISBN 0-89093-243-3. Guide compiled by Joan Gibson, edited by Paul Kesaris. iv, 56 pp.

The Henry A. Kissinger Telephone Conversations on World Affairs, 1969-1974. 23 reels. ISBN 0-88692-740-4. Bethesda, MD: University Publications of American, 2005.

Documents of the National Security Council. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1980. 5 reels. ISBN 0-89093-311-1.

Minutes of Meetings of the National Security Council, with Special Advisory Reports. Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America. 7 reels. ISBN 0-89093-462-2.

Intelligence Reports from the National Security Councilís Vietnam Information Group, 1967-1975. [Actually, this collection appears to contain more reports that came to the White House from other sections of the U.S. government than documents written by the National Security Council staff.] 12,308 pages scanned from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. Available online through the Gale Cengage Archives Unbound.

Ambassador Graham Martin and the Saigon Embassy's Back Channel Communication Files, 1963-1975. 6,445 pages scanned from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. Available online through the Gale Cengage Archives Unbound. [I wonder whether that "1963-1975" might be a typo for 1973-1975.]

The Defense Department and the U.S. Military

Public Statements by the Secretaries of Defense. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America.

Records of the Military Assistance and Advisory Group, Vietnam, 1960-1964.

U.S. Military Advisory Effort in Vietnam: Military Assistance Advisory Group, Vietnam, 1950-1964. 18,669 pages scanned from the National Archives. Available online through the Gale Cengage Archives Unbound.

Records of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1988. Filmed from the collections of the U.S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.

The War in Vietnam: Papers of William C. Westmoreland. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America.

Records of the Defense Attache's Office in South Vietnam, 1973-1975.

U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam, 1954-1975. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1983.

U.S. Army Build-up and Activities in South Vietnam, 1965-1972. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America,1989. 29 reels. ISBN 1-55655-156-8.

Records of the U.S. Marine Corps in the Vietnam War. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America. Filmed from the holdings of the U.S. Marine Corps Historical Center, in the Washington Navy Yard.

U.S. Army Senior Officer Oral Histories. Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America. 96 interviews (94 officers, 2 civilians) on 356 microfiche. ISBN 1-55655-138-X.

The Peers Inquiry of the Massacre at My Lai. Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America, 1996. ISBN 1-55655-660-8. 12 reels. I believe this version on microfilm is the most complete one now available, but I believe the one placed online by the Library of Congress will have all the same material when it is finally completed, and it is more easily accessible. For information on that and on less complete versions in various formats, and the story of the enquiry, see My Lai.)

A Study of Strategic Lessons Learned in Vietnam. 3 reels. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources. Written under contract for the U.S. Army. The same study is available for considerably less money on CD-ROM; see below under Carr's Compendium of the Vietnam War. What is probably the same study is also included in Vietnam: Lessons Learned above. Large portions are available online; see under Broad Accounts

Carr's Compendium of the Vietnam War. A series of major document collections, published on CD-ROM and DVD, that can be purchased from Carr's Compendiums. These collections include:

The Department of State

U.S. Relations and Policies in Southeast Asia, 1944-1958: Records of the Office of Southeast Asian Affairs. 46,022 pages scanned from the U.S. National Archives. Available online through the Gale Cengage Archives Unbound.

Press Conferences of the U.S. Secretaries of State, 1922-1974.  15 reels.  Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1974.

The John Foster Dulles Oral History Collection. 13 reels. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1994.

The Correspondence Series and Speeches Series of the Personal Papers of John Foster Dulles (1888-1959). 67 reels. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1994.

Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America (which was absorbed into a conglomerate called CIS, based at Bethesda, MD, approximately 1998).

Confidential U.S. State Department Special Files. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America.

Official Exchanges of the President and Secretary of State with Foreign Leaders, 1961-1966. Bethesda, MD: UPA/LexisNexis, 2006 (forthcoming). Approximately 15 reels. ISBN 0-88692-779-X.

Oral Histories

The John Foster Dulles Oral History Collection. 13 reels. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1994.

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Oral History Collection.  Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America.

Oral Histories of the Johnson Administration.  Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America.

U.S. Army Senior Officer Oral Histories. Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America. 96 interviews (94 officers, 2 civilians) on 356 microfiche. ISBN 1-55655-138-X.

The RAND Interviews. During the war, the RAND Corporation conducted very extensive interviewing of Viet Cong prisoners and defectors, and some other Vietnamese such as refugees. Some of these interview collections have been released on microfilm and/or microfiche. They are listed in

The Communists and some other sections of this bibliography.

Other United States Documents

Declassified Documents Reference System. A service that issues regularly, on microfiche, many of the most interesting of the recently declassified government documents, very well indexed. It is issued by a company formerly called Scholarly Resources, now called Primary Source Microfilm, of Woodbridge, Connecticut, a component of the Gale Group. For current listings and ordering information, see the Primary Source Microfilm web page.

CIA Research Reports. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America.

Records of U.S. Foreign Assistance Agencies, 1948-1961: U.S. Operations Missions: Series A: Mission to Vietnam: Part 1: Office of the Director's Subject Files, 1950-1954. Approximately 16 reels. Bethesda: LexisNexis (forthcoming?). Filmed from RG 469 in the National Archives.

U.S. Civilian Advisory Effort in Vietnam: U.S. Operations Mission, 1950-1954. 15,742 pages scanned from the National Archives. Available online through the Gale Cengage Archives Unbound.

Vietnam Documents and Research Notes Series: Translation and Analysis of Significant Viet Cong/North Vietnamese Documents. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1992. 6 reels. ISBN 1-55655-416-8. Guide compiled by Robert E. Lester. vii, 40 pp.

The Johnson Administration and Pacification in Vietnam: The Robert Komer-William Leonhart Files, 1966-1968. Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America, 1993. 15 reels. ISBN 1-55655-474-5.

Transcripts and Files of the Paris Peace Talks on Vietnam, 1968-1973. 12 reels. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America. This material seems of little interest, since the transcripts are of the open, official talks, not the secret ones between Kissinger and Le Duc Tho which actually produced the Peace Agreement of 1973. ISBN 0-89093-399-5.

Top-secret Hearings by the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, 1959-1966. 6 reels. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America.

Vietnam, the Media, and Public Support for the War (ISBN 0-89093--496-7). 11 reels. Filmed from collections in the LBJ Presidential Library. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America. Guide compiled by Robert E. Lester. ix, 22 pp.

Vietnam and Southeast Asia: Special Studies, 1960-1980. 13 reels. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1982. ISBN 0-89093-383-9. 

Vietnam: A Documentary Collection. Westmoreland v. CBS. 1,010 Microfiche. New York: Clearwater Publishing Co. Reprinted Frederick, MD: University Publications of America. OCLC 13206859 or 17606957. The transcript of the trial of Westmoreland's lawsuit against CBS, plus a tremendous (and tremendously valuable) collection of the associated documentary material, pretty well indexed.

FBI File on American POWs/MIAs in Southeast Asia. 7 reels. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources.

FBI File on the Students for a Democratic Society and the Weatherman Underground Organizations. 8 reels. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources.

FBI File on the Fire Bombing and Shooting at Kent State University. 7 reels. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources.

FBI File on Abbie Hoffman.  8 reels.  Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources.
 

Other Collections

America in Protest: Records of Anti-Vietnam War Organizations. Primary Source Microfilm (Gale Cengage).

The History of the Vietnam War. Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms International, 1987- . 4,448 microfiche. A huge and quite diversified collection of materials gathered by Douglas Pike.

The American Civil Liberties Union Archives, 1950-1990, Series 3, Subject Files. Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources.

Phan Thien Chau, ed., Communist Vietnamese Publications: Selected from the Vietnamese Collection of the Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress Orientalia Division, 1971. 3 reels of microfilm. Materials, mostly pamphlets, dated 1932 to 1965.

British Documents

Foreign Office Files: United States of America, Series One: USA - Politics and Diplomacy, 1959-1975. Marlborough, England: Adam Matthew Publications, 1997- Foreign Office Files: United States of America, Series Two: Vietnam, 1959-1975. Marlborough, England: Adam Matthew Publications, 1998-

Michael David Kandiah, Gillian Staerck, and Christopher Staerck, eds., Asia: Official British Documents 1945-65 on CD-ROM: Selected Documents from the end of World War II to Vietnam. New York: Routledge, 1999. Published in association with the Public Record Office. ISBN 0-415-18330-8. It looks like a valuable collection, with more than 40,000 pages of documents, but the cost ($8,250) may deter all but the wealthier libraries from purchasing it.

Macmillan Cabinet Papers, 1957-1963, on CD-ROM. Marlborough, England: Adam Matthew Publications. Almost 12,000 pages of documents on 3 CD-ROMs, plus guide.

U.S. Microfilm Publishers

The most prolific microform publisher of U.S. Government documents relating to the Vietnam War has been University Publications of America (UPA). Originally an independent company located in Frederick, Maryland, UPA was relocated to Bethesda, Maryland, after being absorbed by CIS (the most important private publisher of U.S. Congressional documents). The recent absorption of CIS by LexisNexis has not caused another move; UPA is still in Bethesda. For current listings and ordering information, see the UPA web page.

Another important microfilm publisher, which has issued few titles specifically on the Vietnam War but several containing information about it, is Scholarly Resources, of Wilmington, Delaware. For current listings and ordering information, see the Scholarly Resources web page.

Primary Source Media, a component of the Gale Group, issues on a regular basis microfiche copies of recently declassified U.S. government documents in the Declassified Documents Reference System. Many important documents on the Vietnam War are included. See listing above.

 

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