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Vietnam War

Archives Search Strategies

The Archives Computer Catalog ArCat provides the most comprehensive method for accessing information about Archival holdings. Consult the ArCat to identify collections relevant to your research. If you are not familiar with this catalog, take a moment to review  instructions included on the ArCat home page.

The appropriate search term for Vietnam War collections is Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 , but entering only that term yields a very large result. More refined searches should combine that basic term with a more specific term. Combining Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 with personal narratives yields collections of soldier letters , diaries , and reminiscences . Similarly combining the terms Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 with journalists identifies collections related to the news coverage of the war and related domestic activities. 

Researchers interested in soldier letters will be especially interested in the Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Collection . This collection contains letters of 137 separate Wisconsin veterans, a selection of which were published in Voices From Vietnam , (Madison, 1996). 

Although quite distinct from the above, another major strength of the holdings is collections documenting public opinion on the war, and the antiwar movement. Most such collections can be identified by combining the term Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 with the term public opinion or with the term protest movements . Those with a more specific interest can search the names of major organizations, events, or individuals in the antiwar movement. For instructions on combining research terms in a "guided search," take a moment to review instructions available on the ArCat home page.

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