1961-1963, Volume III, Vietnam, January-August 1963|
Released by the Office of the Historian
List of Sources
List of Sources
Department of State
1. Subject-Numeric Indexed Central Files: Through January 1963, the Department of State continued to use the decimal central file system familiar to users of previous volumes of the Foreign Relations series. In February 1963, the Department changed its decimal central files to a subject-numeric central file system. This is the first volume to be published in the Foreign Relations series in which documents selected from the Department's central files come primarily from the new system. As part of the transition to the new system, the Department of State encouraged its indexers to cross-reference extensively and to include the first page of the referenced document in the cross-referenced file. The system allows the researcher to use a basic file and find other pertinent files by noting the cross references.
The subject-numeric system was divided into broad categories: Administration, Consular, Culture and Information, Economic, Political and Defense, Science, and Social. Within each of these divisions were subcategories. For example, Political and Defense contained four subtopics: POL (politics), DEF (Defense), CSM (Communism), and INT (Intelligence). Numerical subdivisions further defined them. An important file for the Buddhist crisis is SOC 14-1 S VIEI SOC is the general category for social conditions, 14 relates to human rights and race relations, 14-1 concerns religious discrimination, and S VIET is the country designator for South Vietnam.
The following were the principal files used in this volume:
POLS VIET, containing background material for general policy;
POL 2 S VIET, general reports and statistics;
POL 2-4 S VIE T, political -military reports;
POL 13-6, religious groups;
POL 15 S VIET, government;
POL 15-1 S VIET, head of government/Executive branch;
POL 23 S VIET, internal security/counterinsurgency;
POL 26 and 26-1 S VIET, undesignated but used in Vietnam for coup planning;
POL 27 S VIET, military operations;
POL 27-10 S VIET, chemical weapons;
POL 27-14 S VIET, truce/cease-fire/armistice.
The system could also combine two countries or a country and an individual. Files of these types from the POL series cited in this volume include:
POL S VIET-US, general policy documents relating to U.S. relations with South Vietnam.
POL 1-1 S VIET-US, contingency planning concerning U.S. policy toward South Vietnam;
POL 17-2 US-S VIET, documents concerning immunities and privileges;
POL US-MANSFIELD, correspondence between Senator Mansfield and other U.S. officials.
The POL Files are frequently cited in the volume. Other extensively cited files include the key SOC 14-1 S VIET file, which contains much of the material relating to the Buddhist crisis. The SOC 12 and 12-1 files also relate to religious matters and pertain to the Buddhist crisis. Most military-related documents were in DEF 19 US-S VIET, the general file for U.S. military assistance to Vietnam or in DEF 19-2 and 19-3 US-S VIET files, relating to reports and conferences dealing with military assistance. The CSM S VIET file was surprisingly sparse, indicating that it was little used by indexers during this period, but there is documentation from the CSM 9-6 S VIET file. Documentation on economic assistance was found almost exclusively in AID (US) S VIET PER-LODGE, HENRY CABOT is Ambassador Lodge's personnel file. Documents concerning press coverage are in files PPV 1-2 S VIET and PPV 7 S VIET-US. These files are miscited and should read PPB rather than PPV.
2. Lot Files. Documents from the central files have been supplemented by materials from decentralized office files, the lot files of the Department of State. A list of the major lot files used or consulted for this volume follows
Conference Files: Lot 66 D 110
Presidential Memoranda of Conversation: Lot 66 D 149
Presidential Correspondence: Lot 66 D 476
Secretary's Memoranda of Conversation: Lot 65 D 330
Secretary's Staff Meetings: Lot 66 D 147
S/P Files: Lot 70 D 199
Special Group, Counterinsurgency Files: Lot 68 D 451
S/S-NSC Files: Lot 72 D 316
S/S-NSC (Miscellaneous) Files: Lot 66 D 95
Top Secret and Secret Summaries: Lot 65 D 142
Vietnam Working Group Files: Lot 67 D 54
National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
Record Group 59, General Records of the Department of State
Public Opinion Studies
Washington National Records Center, Suitland, Maryland
Record Group 84, Records of the Foreign Service Posts of the United States
Saigon Embassy Files: FRC 67 A 677
Saigon Embassy Files: FRC 68 A 5159
Record Group 306, Records of the United States Information Agency
USIA/TOP Files: FRC 67 A 222
USIA/IAF Files: FRC 68 A 1415
USIA/IAF/VN Files: FRC 68 A 4933
USIA/Vietnam Working Group Files: FRC 68 A 5160
Record Group 330, Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense
McNamara Files: FRC 31 A 3470
OASD/ISA Files: FRC 67 A 4564
OASD/ISA Files: FRC 69 A 6214
OASD/ISA Files: FRC 75-163
OSD Files: FRC 66 A 3542
OSD Files: FRC 69 A 3131
Record Group 334, Records of Interservice
MAC/V Files: FRC 69 A 702
National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Army Military Historical Institute, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, Massachusetts
National Security Files
Chester V. Clifton Series
President's Appointment Book (cited as President's Log Book)
President's Office Files
Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Washington, D.C.
University of Montana, Missoula, Montana
Hoover Institution, Palo Alto, California
Documentary Collections, Congressional Documents, and Periodicals
The Declassified Documents Quarterly Catalog and microfiche. Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications (formerly Washington: Carrollton Press), 1977 onwards.
The Pentagon Papers: The Department of Defense History of United States Decisionmaking on Vietnam [The Senator Gravel Edition]. 4 vols. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1971.
U.S. Department of Defense. United States-Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967 [The Pentagon Papers]. 12 vols. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1971.
U.S. Department of State. American Foreign Policy: Current Documents, 1963. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1967.
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U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F Kennedy, 1963. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1964.
U.S. Senate. Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders. An Interim Report of the Select Committee To Study Government Operations With Respect to Intelligence Activities. U.S. Senate, 94th Congress, 1st Session, Report No. 94-465. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1975.
Note: The Department of State takes no responsibility for the accuracy of these memoirs nor endorses their interpretation of the events.
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Hilsman, Roger. To Move a Nation. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., 1967.
Mecklin, John. Mission in Torment. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., 1965.
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Tran Van Don. Our Endless War: Inside Vietnam. San Raphael, CA: Presidio Press, 1978.
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