Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Period of Performance

9/1/2021 - 4/30/2025

Funding Totals

$334,335.00 (approved)
$334,335.00 (awarded)

The Case for Agent Orange: Uncovering Defendants' Legal Discovery in a Landmark Case of Civil Litigation

FAIN: PW-277463-21

Texas Tech University System (Lubbock, TX 79409-0006)
Amy K. Mondt (Project Director: July 2020 to present)

Arrangement, description, rehousing, and development of a finding aid for 986 linear feet of records documenting the Agent Orange Product Liability Litigation class action lawsuit.

Funding to process and open to the public the New Jersey State Council, Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. Collection, which contains 986 linear feet of documents pulled in defense of Dow Chemical, et al., for the 1984 landmark Agent Orange Product Liability Litigation class action suit. This collection is a little-known resource for the study of the production and use of Agent Orange and will help advance scholarship in a variety of different fields including business management, public health, medicine, biology, environmental science, political science, military history, and US legal history. We expect a very high level of use from this collection, as the topics of Agent Orange and its harmful effects, the history of the military's decision to proceed with its use, and the level of culpability of the major chemical companies in not making the dangers of Agent Orange well known are of incredible importance to Vietnam veterans, military historians, and public health professionals.

Media Coverage

Could the Mysteries Surrounding Agent Orange Finally be Answered? (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Lucy Greenburg
Publication: Texas Tech Today
Date: 6/7/2021
Abstract: Texas Tech University’s Vietnam Center & Sam Johnson Vietnam Archives receives grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help process sealed papers omitted from the famous 1980s class action lawsuit.