Original Formats

The MSU Vietnam Group Archive includes items in 18 different original formats from document-based reports and letters to visual resources like maps, photographs, and even a handful of films.

Click on a term in the Original Format list in the right column or labeled below to view the all of the items in that category. Only the first 5 items in each category are displayed on this page.

(September 28th,1949)
Instruction no. 320-CAB from Bao Dai in regards to the organization and jurisdiction of national and regional administrations.
(December 12th,1949)
Stanley Ruttenberg writes a report for the National Reorganization Conference entitled, "Reorganization and the Working Citizen."
(July 11th,1950)
The National Institute of Administration outlines the need for professional and technical organization in education, including transportation and boar read more...
(August 11th,1950)
Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu answered questions and expressed the importance of women in the up coming election of the National Assembly with members of women' read more...
(October 1950)
A weekly report from a civic action team of the Cholon Province.

(June 30th,1900)
Wesley R. Fishel explains the proposal to send a group of ex-officials of the North Vietnamese Army to share their experience and sense of disillusion read more...
(October 19th,1950)
Advisor Howard Hoyt for the MSUG Police Administration Division sends regular correspondences and report updates to Advisor Wesley Fishel throughout O read more...
(July 1st,1954)
Circular No. 29-NV of 1 July, 1954 on the execution of Arrete No. 739-NV of 25 June, 1954, fixing salary and allowance system for non-career status go read more...
(July 23rd,1954)
Itinerary for field trip, including participant Nguyen Duong, to a range of farms, dairies, and other agricultural institutions, in July 1954.
(September 21st,1954)
A memo from Merrill Pierson to Philip May, reporting on the status of arrangements to send four MSU professors to Vietnam as part of the "Indo-China M read more...

(April 20th,1900)
A photograph is taken of a group of Vietnamese visitors studying in the U.S. with the National Institute of Administration's Participant Training Prog read more...
(1945)
An image from Wesley Fishel's photograph collection of an intricately carved Buddhist temple. A few figures are standing in the open doors.
(1945)
An image from Wesley Fishel's photograph collection of two houses, one of which is surrounded by a fence and has an open-air porch and pillars. The la read more...
(1945)
An image from Wesley Fishel's photograph collection of a barbershop, which appears to be outdoors against a wall. A line of barbers tend to a number read more...
(1945)
An image from Wesley Fishel's photograph collection of an interior of a Cao Dai temple. A number of people are standing inside, watching an exchange b read more...

(July 28th,1952)
An arrete is issued for the purpose of encouraging small-scale businesses in rural areas.
(1953)
Michigan State College faculty put together a proposal for an interdisciplinary seminar on underdeveloped areas and development programs, presented in read more...
(September 22nd,1954)
A memorandum from Philip J. May, in which he discusses the expenses that would be required to send four Michigan State College professors to Vietnam t read more...
(November 13th,1954)
President Ngo Dinh Diem releases a series of circulars to the Vietnamese Secretaries of State relating to the recruitment of Vietnamese nationals livi read more...
(December 10th,1954)
Cameron C. Turner wrote a memo to Ambassador Collins in regards to a report of a Franco-American working group on establishment of a National Assembly read more...

(1940)
A publication advertises for rubber stamps and badges as well as name plaques and other odds and ends. The pamphlet is in a mixture of French and Vie read more...
(January 6th,1950)
New York Times journalist James Reston writes the developing stages of aid projects for French Indo-China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Korea and Japan read more...
(1950)
A Vietnamese translation is made of chapters of unspecified publication (pgs. 491-517) titled "Holding Administration Accountable," by Dimock.
(1950)
Vo Hong Phuc writes about the place of education within Vietnamese families and society and the need to develop "a new philosophy of education" to cop read more...
(1950)
A booklet is made, with an accompanying English translation, which explains the purpose and benefits of "good schools" for the community. It also inc read more...

(September 26th,1955)
Meeting minutes are recorded for a meeting of the General Commissariat for Refugees in which they discuss financial difficulties and technicians.
(October 12th,1955)
(November 8th,1955)
Meeting minutes for a meeting of the Ministry of Social and Health on November 8th, 1955.
(November 18th,1955)
Meeting minutes for the Michigan State University Vietnam Advisory Group's Police Administration Division are recorded by Joe Marlow from November to read more...
(November 18th,1955)
Staff meeting minutes are recorded for the MSUG Police Administration Division for the period from November to December, 1955. At each meeting personn read more...

(August 3rd,1954)
Dr. Kalervo Oberg gives a talk for the Women's Club of Rio de Janeiro entitled, "Culture Shock and the Problem of Adjustment to New Cultural Environme read more...
(September 20th,1954)
This document contains excerpts in French from a speech that President Ngo Dinh Diem made on September 20, 1954. The speech concerns the efforts of g read more...
(September 24th,1954)
This statement to the press from president Ngo Dinh Diem, dated September 24, 1954, announces the formation of a new government and outlines its major read more...
(January 6th,1955)
This document is a political statement made by Ngo Dinh Diem at the press conference on the economic agreements, Pau Conventions, signed at the 1955 P read more...
(February 13th,1955)
The first page of the document is an English translation of a speech that the President of South Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem presented on the occasion of t read more...

(October 1955)
Tentative interview timetables are created for the interior Study of Delegue throughout October, 1955.
(1955)
A collection of documents detail the work schedule for studies of the refugee project with names of personnel running the study. There is also an out read more...
(1955)
This is an itinerary made for, "The National Congress for the First Anniversary of the Arrival of Refugees from the North and North of Central of Viet read more...
(January 9th,1956)
An itinerary for a conference in field studies in January, 1956.
(April 18th,1956)
Stanley Sheinbaum and James Miller draw up an itinerary and arrange for lodging and transportation for Tran Phuoc Thanh's upcoming trip to Washington, read more...

(August 5th,1953)
A transcript is made from the University of London for Tran Qui Than's Bachelor of Science examination in Economics.
(November 17th,1955)
Transcripts are made for Pham Van Thuyet from his courses at Hanoi University in Saigon.
(August 8th,1956)
A transcript of a discussion between Deputy Director of the United States Information Service (USIS) Saxton E. Bradford, and a member of the U.S. Hous read more...
(October 9th,1956)
A transcript of a speech given by Leland Barrows, Director of the USOM to Vietnam, to the Vietnamese-American Association. The Director discusses how read more...
(1956)
Transcript of participant Vuong Hoa Duc for his political science major at Michigan State University, which includes admission date, master's classes, read more...

(October 3rd,1955)
A series of budget reports are collected over the course of three years in preparation for the new proposed aid contract between the U.S. and the Viet read more...
(December 24th,1955)
A circular is sent out from the office of the Vietnamese presidency, "relating to the execution of the National Budget starting with financial year 19 read more...
(1955)
The final accounts of receipts and expenditures from the Port of Commerce of Saigon-Cholon are recorded for the fiscal year 1955. A series of over-si read more...
(January 1956)
A large collection of charge receipts are saved from the police leadership training participants studying in the U.S. under the Vietnam Project Partic read more...
(May 21st,1956)
A memorandum lists estimated and actual receipts and expenditures of the Vietnamese government from 1948 to 1956.

(July 30th,1955)
A packet of handwritten and typed materials trace the organization and questioning process of the Michigan State University Vietnam Advisory Group fie read more...
(August 1st,1955)
Interview guides are created for the months of August and September, 1955 for the purpose of ascertaining the background and needs of refugees in each read more...
(August 27th,1955)
Walter Mode records the outline of a meeting with the Refugee Commission in August, 1955, as well as two interviews with Ton That Hoi and Bui Van Luon read more...
(October 18th,1955)
Information from an interview between Ralph Smuckler and Ong Guoi, Chief of Personnel Services at the Gallieni Headquarters, is recorded . The intervi read more...
(October 1955)
A master copy of an interview guide for province interviews. The questions relate to major functions of the provincial government, organization and a read more...

(May 4th,1958)
Postcard from Phan Dinh Ngoc to Elsie Cunningham concerning his upcoming travel plans.
(September 6th,1958)
Postcard from Vietnam Project participant Con or Dao to Elsie Cunningham from Albany, New York of the Governor's mansion.
(January 14th,1959)
Postcard from Huynh Van Dong to Elsie Cunningham from the Wake Island Airport in Honolulu, Hawaii.
(January 21st,1959)
Letter from Vietnam Project training project Nguyen Trong Ninh to Elsie Cunningham from Niagara Falls to inform her of his arrival.
(March 8th,1959)
Postcard form Vietnam Project training participant Vo Hong Loc to Elsie Cunningham of a road way in Los Angeles. Loc briefly informs Cunningham that read more...

(March 23rd,1955)
Two letters of recommendation are made for Ph.D. participant Tran Qui Than's applications to graduate school.
(August 26th,1957)
Nguyen Quoc Tri fills out an application for admission to Michigan State University, including information on family relations, field of study, place read more...
(July 2nd,1958)
Biographical data formm for Vietnam Project participant Chuc Van Nguyen for application to the Participant Training Program. The application includes read more...
(August 2nd,1958)
Tran Van Ve fills out an application for admission to Michigan State University's Participant Training Program.
(September 22nd,1958)
Faculty of the Participant Training Program correspond intermittently over the course of a year to discuss the possible acceptance of Tran Ngoc Phat a read more...

(1953)
This document is a map of Tay Ninh province.
(March 21st,1956)
Three maps of the Tinh Cantho District in South Vietnam.
(1956)
This document is a 1956 map in French of the various provinces of the Republic of Vietnam.
(August 1958)
A collection of draft blue prints for the new NIA building.
(June 1959)
A map of fisheries development in South Vietnam as of June 1959.

(April 14th,1955)
An agreement is drawn up between the government of Vietnam and Michigan State University, first in April, 1955 then again in August, 1957. The conten read more...
(April 14th,1955)
An agreement is drawn up between the Foreign Operations Administration and Michigan State University regarding the nature of financial assistance from read more...
(April 14th,1955)
An agreement is drawn up between the Government of Vietnam and Michigan State University, detailing the obligations of MSU in terms of scope of servic read more...
(1955)
The second draft of a contract is drawn up between the Government of Vietnam and Michigan State University regarding the scope of services to be provi read more...
(1957)
A final version is made of the amendments to the contract between the U.S. government, the International Cooperation Administration, and Michigan Stat read more...

(November 1957)
Chief of the Civil Guard Section Everett Updike makes a field trip with other personnel in the Civil Guard to Zone 3 of South Vietnam for an inspectio read more...
(1950-1959)
Michigan State University professors Dr. Edward Weidner and Dr. Ralph Smuckler discuss the country of Vietnam. Topics include the Michigan State Univ read more...
(1950-1959)
Michigan State University professors Dr. Edward Weidner and Dr. Ralph Smuckler discuss the country of Vietnam. Topics include security issues in Viet read more...
(1950-1959)
Michigan State University professors Dr. Edward Weidner and Dr. Ralph Smuckler discuss the country of Vietnam. Topics include appointing staff for th read more...
(1950-1959)
Michigan State University professors Dr. Edward Weidner and Dr. Ralph Smuckler discuss the country of Vietnam. Topics include the country's resources read more...

(1957)
A French chart is made showing the various positions within the Department of Education.
(1959)
This flyer was used to urge participation in the 1959 elections for the National Assembly held in the Republic of Vietnam on August 30, 1959.
(1964)
This photograph is a blueprint for an infirmary. Four completed views of the exterior can be seen, as well as a cut-away image of the buidling's side read more...
(1950-1959)
This poster shows several farmers in a field. The text on the left-hand side reads, "Right way, Sugar cane grown with fertilizer." The text on the r read more...
(1970)
An image from Wesley Fishel's photograph collection of a Catholic alter arranged with various religious figures, icons, and candles.