The U.S. Civilian Advisory Effort in Vietnam: U.S. Operations Mission, 1950-1954

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The United States decision to provide military assistance to France and the Associated States of Indochina was reached informally in February/March 1950, funded by the President on May 1, 1950, and was announced on May 8, 1950. The decision was taken in spite of the U.S. desire to avoid direct involvement in a colonial war, and in spite of a sensing that France’s political-military situation in Indochina was deteriorating. This collection consists of unique records of U.S. agencies established to intervene in Vietnam—the country U.S. foreign policy deemed a lynchpin in the free world’s fight against communism. The Subject Files from the Office of the Director, U.S. Operations Missions, document the myriad concerns and rationales that went into the control and direction of U.S. economic and technical assistance programs, as well as the coordination of mutual security activities, with respect to Vietnam.

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  • Sampling of the subjects within this collection: Anti-Americanism, 1967-1971, Buddhists, 1972-1973, Cao Dai, 1968-1973, Cambodian Communist Terrorism, 1973-1975, Catholics, 1967-1973, Central Office for South Vietnam, 1970-1973, Civilian People’s Self-Defense, 1968, Communist Shipping to North Vietnam, 1968-1972, Corruption, 1967-1973, Government of South Vietnam, Hoa Hao, 1967-1973, Khmer in Vietnam, 1968-1973, Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky, 1967-1973, Labor, 1967-1973, and Lien Minh Nationalist Party, 1968-1969.
  • Sampling of the subjects within this collection: General Duong Van (Big Minh) Minh, 1968-1973, Montagnards, 1968-1973, National Liberation Front/Provisional, Revolutionary Government, 1968-1975, National Progressive Force, 1969-1970, National Salvation Front, 1967-1973, North Vietnam - Military, 1967-1972, North Vietnam - Negotiations, 1968-1973, People’s Republic of China, 1970-1973, Press, 1967-1972, Progressive Nationalist Movement, 1969-1972, South Vietnam - Peace Negotiations, 1967-1973, President Nguyen Van Thieu, 1972-1973, USSR, 1967-1975, Veterans, 1970-1972, and Vietnamese Nationalist Party, 1969-1972.
  • Subject-specific collections support multidisciplinary research in history, political science, hard science, ethnic studies and more.
  • Active publishing schedule, with multiple collections added annually.
  • Highly targeted at 5,000 to 200,000 pages per collection.