Center for Vietnamese Studies records, 1946-1988
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Brief Description: The Center for Vietnamese Studies records, ranging from 1946-1985 consists of three series. Series 1: Center for Vietnamese Studies Reports and Official Files, 1946-1982, contains official files and reports created by the Center. It includes grant information, committee minutes, and various newspaper clippings highlighting criticism and protest against the Center. It also includes some information on Southern Illinois Normal University/Southern Illinois University's Veterans Center (during WWII, Vietnam) and the Vietnam war. Series 2: Publications, 1970-1985,contains various publications collected by the Center on the subject of Southeast Asia. It includes newsletters, refugee reports, english as a second language education reports, magazines, and books in multiple languages published all over the world. Series 3: Photographs,1961-1965, consists of photographs taken and collected by Dr. Fred Armistead and his wife, Marie Armistead, during their time in southern Vietnam as a part of the Elementary Teacher Education Program. The Armistead's participated for a small portion of the program through SIU in 1961-1965. These photos contain images from the Elementary Education program and a few souvenirs from tourist locations they visited. There are also a small number of oversized photos from their trip.
Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 3/RG 27/3
Created by: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Center for Vietnamese Studies.
Volume: 9.25 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 12/21/1990. Accession MSS 1638, received on June 3, 1999.  These were books and photographs relating to Dr. Fred Armistead's time as part of the Elementary Teacher Education Program.
Arrangement: Arranged into three series: Series 1: Center for Vietnamese Studies Reports and Official Files, Series 2: Publications, and Series 3: Photographs.
Biographical Note for Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Center for Vietnamese Studies. :

The Center for Vietnamese Studies and Programs was created in March 1969 under the supervision of Area and International Service, but after student protest the name of the center was changed to the Center for Vietnamese Studies to emphasize its mission as an academic unit. The Center for Vietnamese Studies was approved by the SIUC Board of Trustees on March 21, 1969, and the State of Illinois Board of Higher Education on June 3, 1969. It became officially operational on July 1st, 1969 and remained active throughout the 1970s. Using funding from the five year AID 211-d grant the Center was funded for six years (the last year being stretched from previous funds).

Throughout these six years the center offered various courses and lectures from resident and visiting  professors despite constant criticism and protest. Protests on the Center and the Vietnam war prompted the mid-semester school closure in 1970, but the Center resumed when the University reopened. That same year SIU became the largest resource on southeast Asia in Illinois. AID funding gradually decreased throughout the term of the grant, making the beginning years of the Center the most accomplished. As the grant ended the Center attempted to raise money itself to continue operation, but failed. The Center was not carried on the SIU list of accounts for personnel after 1973.

Once the Center ended in 1973/1974 the office was moved from Woody Hall to Pulliam Hall where it still existed under Dr. Dinh-Hoa Nguyen, who did not receive any special compensation for the role. The room held many of the publications and books acquired from the grant that were eventually moved to Morris Library. Hoa, a tenured professor in linguistics, continued to conduct activities including: responding to information requests on SE Asia, providing consultations, and generating personal publications. The Center is presumed to have closed once Hoa left the University.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Southeast Asia - Study and teaching
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Center for Vietnamese Studies.
Teachers - Training of
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Vietnamese [vie]
French [fre]
Lao [lao]
Russian [rus]
German [ger]
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Acquisition Notes: Accession 337.
PreferredCitation: [Items], Center for Vietnamese Studies records, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.