Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Period of Performance

7/1/2012 - 6/30/2015

Funding Totals

$265,000.00 (approved)
$262,991.35 (awarded)

Digitizing the records of the MSU Vietnam Advisory Group and Related Collections

FAIN: PW-51024-12

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI 48824-3407)
Cynthia Anne Ghering (Project Director: July 2011 to October 2015)

The digitization of 100,000 pages of material from MSU's Vietnam Advisory Group records and related holdings, dating from 1955 to 1962, and the development of enhanced access features for full-text searching, semantic searching, and mapping.

Michigan State University (MSU) will make the records of a significant international program accessible online using innovative digital tools to encourage new scholarship and collaborative research in the fields of American Foreign Relations, International Cold War Studies, Vietnamese Studies, and Colonial/Postcolonial Studies. The records of the MSU Vietnam Advisory Group (MSUG) detail the U.S. Department of State's technical assistance program for the Republic of Vietnam administered by MSU from 1955 to 1962. MSU's University Archives and Historical Collections, Department of History, and MATRIX digital humanities center will collaborate to digitize, describe, and make accessible approximately 100,000 pages of material from the MSUG and the personal papers of several faculty who participated in it via a dedicated project website. The project also will make these materials available through the Virtual Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech University.