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Keynote Address: The Importance of State and Local Records in Tracing the Course of Vietnam War Commemoration

Date: 18 July 2013 Time: 15.00 pm

Venue: Formby Room, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock

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An Event Celebrating the Donation of the Patrick Hagopian Papers, with a Keynote Address by Dr. Patrick Hagopian.

Research in archives, libraries and private collections in all fifty states in the United States generated a substantial collection of photocopied and photo-documented materials pertaining to state and local Vietnam veterans memorials. These materials formed the basis of the research in Patrick Hagopian, The Vietnam War in American Memory: Veterans, Memorials, and the Politics of Healing (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2009). Because the materials, including meeting minutes, correspondence, press clippings, and dedication ceremony programmes, pertain to literally hundreds of memorials, only a small proportion of the documents and of the memorials they described found their way into that book. Many of the materials have not been reposed in an archive or library, although Hagopian encouraged their custodians or owners to ensure that they were preserved in that way.

Hagopian has arranged to donate the whole collection to one of the principal international archives with a special collection dedicated to the history of the Vietnam War. The network of supporters and users of Texas Tech University's Vietnam Archive, and its digital offshoot, the Virtual Vietnam Archive, includes Vietnam veterans, school students, and other members of the public as well as scholarly researchers. As a result of the donation and the Vietnam Archive's willingness to conserve and accession the documents, the rich trove of materials Hagopian gathered will be accessible in perpetuity for those who want to study the political and social impact of the Vietnam War on the United States through the public commemoration of the war.

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Associated staff: Patrick Hagopian

Organising departments and research centres: History


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