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Basic Resources

Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History. Spencer C. Tucker, editor. Santa Barbara, Calif., ABC-CLIO, 1998.
More than 900 signed entries, most with brief bibliographies. Considers all aspects of the war in historical context, including Vietnam-related literature and film. Extensive collection of historical documents (1920-1995).
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access

The Vietnam War : Handbook of the Literature and Research. James S. Olson, ed. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1993.
Bibliographic essays on various aspects of the Vietnam War. Part 6 (pp. 335-454) focuses on "The Home Front and American Culture," including the antiwar movement, television and the war, American literature and the war, and film and the war.
Dana Call Number: Ref. DS558 .V58 1993

The Wars in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, 1945-1982 : A Bibliographic Guide. / Richard Dean Burns and Milton Leitenberg. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-Clio Information Services, c1984.
Brief introductions, followed by unannotated listings, of resources relating to different aspects of the war. Chapter 9, "The War at Home," has a chronology of major antiwar activities, as well as sections on public opinion, the media, the antiwar movement, the FBI counterintelligence operation, the draft, and the arts.
Dana Call Number: Ref. DS557.7 .B87 1984

Vietnam War Bibliography: Personal Accounts, Including Oral Histories (American, Vietnamese, and Vietnamese/American).
Compiled by Dr. Edwin Moise (Clemson University). Print resources with online links when available.

Library Catalogs

The online catalog for the Rutgers University Libraries. Relevant subject headings that you can use in IRIS include:

    Vietnam War, 1961-1975
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Influence
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Personal narratives
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975 African Americans
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Veterans
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Women

Newark Law
Camden Law
Law library materials are not listed in IRIS. Use the above subject headings to find relevant publications in the law collections.


Humanities Abstracts
1984- . Index to over 350 core English-language periodicals in the humanities, including history, philosophy, religion, and related subjects. Rutgers-restricted Access

America: History and Life
1964- . The most comprehensive index to American (U.S. and Canada) history. Indexes over 2000 journals worldwide, as well as book reviews and dissertations. Rutgers-restricted Access

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts 1975-
Index to over 1,300 journals in political science, international relations, public policy and related fields. Rutgers-restricted Access

1975- . Index to over 2000 journals, plus conference papers, book reviews, and dissertations, in sociology and related areas. Rutgers-restricted Access

1887- . Comprehensive index to the the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, and education. Covers 1300 journals, as well as book chapters and dissertations. Rutgers-restricted Access

Index to Military Periodicals
1990- . The Air University Library's index to "significant articles, news items, and editorials from English language military and aeronautical periodicals." Includes links to full-text journals.


Contemporary Accounts

[Historical] New York Times Allows you to search and display the full image of articles published in the New York Times back to 1851. The two+ most recent years are not included; use LexisNexis Academic to find more recent articles. Rutgers-restricted Access

Times Index.
Index to the London Times from 1785 to the present. Dana has the Times on microfilm back to 1785.
Dana Call Number: Ref. AI21.T46

More Recent News Articles

A vast archive of the world's most important publications, reports and news. Full-text of 8,000 leading newspapers, magazines, trade journals, newsletters, and television and radio transcripts.scripts. Rutgers-restricted Access

LexisNexis Academic.
News sections indexes and provides full-text access to hundreds of newspapers.Rutgers-restricted Access

The 1960s

Nineteen Sixties
Nineteen Sixty Four A.D.

Generation Without a Cause. [Videorecording]. Narrated by Walter Cronkite. 1963.
"A study of the values and attitudes of the college youth of the sixties who grew up during years of war, nuclear energy, and prosperity. Part 1 focuses on the majority of the college students using students from Rutgers University as examples; part 2 presents a Rutgers student who is opposed to the conformity and apathy of his generation. Special guests include Senator William Fulbright, Dr. Philip E. Jacob, Dr. Richard McCormick, Dr. Selman Waksman, and poets Robert Frost and John Ciardi."
Media Call Number: VIDEO 2-2436; VIDEO 123

Maga, Timothy. The 1960s. New York, N.Y., Facts on File, 2003.
Overviews of the major political, social, and cultural events of the decade illustrated by excerpts from speeches, letters, and newspaper articles.
Dana Call Number: E841.M225 2003

Early History

"Background to the Crisis, 1940-50" The Pentagon Papers: The Defense Department History of United States Decisionmaking on Vietnam. The Senator Gravel edition. Boston, 1971-1972. Chapter 1.
The first four volumes of the Gravel edition of the Pentagon Papers are available at this site. The Papers (5 volumes) are also available at Dana DS557.A63U5

The Tet Offensive, February 1968

Relevant subject headings that you can use in IRIS include:

    Tet Offensive, 1968
    Vietnam War 1961-1975 Campaigns

Edmonds, Anthony O."The Tet Offensive and Middletown: A Study in Contradiction" The Viet Nam Generation 5 (1-4), March 1994.
Attempt to gauge the effect of the Tet Offensive on the citizens of Muncie, Indiana through an examination of contemporary local press as well as interviews with local citizens.

The My Lai Massacre, March 1968

Relevant subject heading that you can use in IRIS:

    My Lai Massacre, Vietnam, 1968

Vietnam War Bibliography: The My Lai Massacre.
Compiled by Dr. Edwin Moise (Clemson University). Print resources with links to online versions when available.

Report of the Department of the Army Review of the Preliminary Investigations of the My Lai Incident
14 March 1970. Full-text of the official Army inquiry. From the Virtual Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech University. Volume 1 of the Army report, which consists of the analyses, findings, conclusions, and recommendations, is also reproduced in The My Lai Massacre and Its Cover-Up: Beyond the Reach of Law? : The Peers Commission Report. Joseph Goldstein, (New York, Free Press, 1976) which includes supplementary documents relating to "the power of civil and military authorities to hold accountable those responsible for My Lai and its cover-up." Dana Call Number: DS557.8 .M9U54 1976

Famous American Trials: The My Lai Courts-Martial 1970
Introduction, chronology, maps, images, and excerpts from the court martials. From the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Agent Orange

Relevant subject headings that you can use in IRIS include:

    Agent Orange
    Agent Orange - Toxicology
    Herbicides - War Use

Buckingham, William A Jr. Operation Ranch Hand: Herbicides in Southeast Asia 1961-1971.
A history of the use of herbicides as part of military operations in Vietnam. A full-length study by this author is available in the Dana Library Government Documents collection: Operation Ranch Hand : the Air Force and herbicides in Southeast Asia, 1961-1971 (Office of Air Force History, 1982), SuDoc # D 301.2:R 15/961-71.

National Academy of Sciences. Institute of Medicine. Veterans and Agent Orange: Health Effects of Herbicides Used in Vietnam. National Academy Press, 1994. Update 2002 . (4th biennial update, 2003)

New Jersey. Legislature. General Assembly. Veterans' Affairs and Defense Committee. Public Hearing before Assembly Veterans' Affairs and Defense Committee : The Effectiveness of the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs in Responding to the Needs and Concerns of Vietnam Era Veterans, Particularly Focusing on the Department's handling of the New Jersey Agent Orange Commission and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Counseling. Trenton, N.J., 1989 .
Dana Call Number: DOCNJ UB369 .V48 3/13/89

The Kent State Shootings, May 1970

Relevant subject heading that you can use in IRIS:

    Kent State University - Riot, 1970

Kent State: The May 4th Chronology of Events
Account from the The May 4 Task Force, formed in October of 1975 by Kent State students and victims of the May 4 shootings in order to "raise the level of awareness of students, faculty and the general public about the May 1970 shootings and the history of subsequent related events."

The Kent Affair: Documents and Interpretations. Edited by Ottavio M. Casale [and] Louis Paskoff. New York, Houghton Mifflin, 1971.
Official documents, news reports, editorials, editorial cartoons, and photographs. Compiled by members of the Kent State faculty.
DANA Call Number: LD4191.O72C3

United States. President's Commission on Campus Unrest. The Report of the President's Commission on Campus Unrest. Washington, U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1970
DANA Call Number: LA229.A54

The F.B.I. Files: Kent State Shooting
Over 1100 scanned pages of FBI file materials [memoranda, reports, etc.] released as part of the Freedom of Information Act. Not indexed. The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division released a summary in July 1970 of the FBI's reports on the shooting.

Lewis, Jerry M. and Thomas R. Hensley. "The May 4 Shootings at Kent State University: The Search For Historical Accuracy."
Article by two Kent State sociologists which attempts to "deal with the historical inaccuracies that surround the May 4th shootings."

Kent State: May 4th Oral History Project
Transcriptions of interviews/recollections of those present at Kent State on May 4th, as well as others impacted by the events of that day. From the Kent State University Library Special Collections.

Remembering Kent State
CNN article with link to webcast which was broadcast on the 30th anniversary of the Kent State shootings. Recollections of two wounded students.

The Anti-War Movement

Relevant subject headings that you can use in IRIS include:

    Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Protest movements
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Protest movements - United States
    Vietnam Moratorium, October 15, 1969
    Vietnam Veterans Against the War
    Student Movements - United States - History - 20th century
    Student Movements - History - 20th century
    College Students - Political activity - History - 20th century

Martin Luther King Jr.: "Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam"
Speech delivered at New York City's Riverside Church on April 4th 1967.

Heineman, Kenneth J. Campus Wars: The Peace Movement at American State Universities in the Vietnam Era. New York, New York University Press, 1993.
The history of protest movements at four state universities: Michigan State, Penn State, Kent State, and the State University of New York in Buffalo.
Dana Call Number: DS559.62 .U6H45 1993

Stacewicz, Richard. Winter Soldiers: An Oral History of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. New York, Twayne Publishers, 1997.
Dana Call Number: DS559.5 .S72 1997

Inventory to the Records of the Office of Public Information on the Vietnam War Teach-Ins, 1965-1966
Background information and finding aid to a collection of correspondence, newspaper clippings, statements and reports related to the three Vietnam War teach-ins held at Rutgers during this period. Collected located in Special Collections and University Archives (Alexander Library) in New Brunswick.

Howlett, Charles. "Doves in a Hawk's Nest: Vietnam and the American Peace Movement: 1965-1975: Part 1" Vietnam Generation Journal 4 (3-4), November 1992.

GIs United Against the War in Vietnam: Statement of Aims.

What is the May 2nd Movement? September 1965.
"The May 2nd Movement was formed to fight against a politics of default, specifically by organizing student protest and revolt against our government's savage war on the people of Vietnam."

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee: Position Paper On Vietnam

Decade of Protest: Political Posters from the United States, Cuba, and Vietnam 1965-1975.
Exhibit held at Track 16 Gallery, January 19-March 9, 1996.

The War in the Media

Relevant subject headings that you can use in IRIS include:

    Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Press Coverage
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Mass Media and the Conflict
    Vietnam Conflict, 1961-1975 Journalists
    Armed Forces and Mass Media United States--History

Walter Cronkite: Changing Attitudes Toward War in Vietnam
In an August 7, 2002 NPR broadcast, Cronkite recalls the gradual change in journalistic approach, and the public attitude, toward the Vietnam War in the 1960s.

Media and the Vietnam War: A Bibliography.

From the Sixties Project.

Vietnam in Literature and the Arts

Relevant subject headings that you can use in IRIS include:

    Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Literature and the war
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Literature and the conflict
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Personal narratives, American
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Drama
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Motion pictures and the conflict
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Songs and music
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Music and the conflict

REMF Bibliography: A Bibliography of Vietnam War Literature.
Compiled by David A. Willson, with Nancy Kendall. Extensive listing of everything from comics and children's literature to screenplays to pornography.

Wittman, Sandra M. Writing about Vietnam : A Bibliography of the Literature of the Vietnam Conflict Boston, MA : G.K. Hall, 1989.
Annotated list of literary works (novels, personnal narratives, anthologies, poetry, short stories), as well as criticism and other secondary sources, relating to the Vietnam War.
Dana Call Number: Ref. DS557.7 .W58 1989

Nomura, Koki. Tim O'Brien's Works and Related Criticism: An Annotated Bibliography.

Franklin, H. Bruce. "Plausibility of Denial: Tim O'Brien, My Lai, and America."
Article that originally appeared in The Progressive (December 1994).

The Aftermath

Lelyveld, Joseph. "The Enduring Legacy," New York Times Magazine March 31, 1985.
A look at the legacy of Vietnam left on the United States people ten years after the fall of Saigon.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Selected Bibliography List of books, journal articles and websites about post-traumatic stress disorder generally and post-traumatic stress disorder in Vietnam veterans.

Other Web Guides

Texas Tech's Vietnam Center & Archive

PBS American Experience: Vietnam Online

History Home Area Studies African-American American Ancient Biography
Medicine Medieval Military Science/Technology Genealogy

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