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Primary Sources: Vietnam War History

JKM Library's guide for finding primary soures

Example search terms:

When searching catalogs and databases for primary source materials, try using keywords and subject headings similar to the ones below, adding terms denoting primary sources. 


  • Example: Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Sources

-personal narratives

  • Example: Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Personal narratives, North Vietnamese



  • Example: Prisoners of war--Vietnam--Biography


  • Example: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)--Newspapers 


You can also try searching by an individual or organization name in an author field. 

  • Example: Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee 
  • Example: McCarthy, Joseph

General Resources

Ho Chi Minh Primary Sources:

Vietnam and 60s in America Primary Resources

Gulf of Tonkin:


Official and Government Documents:

Cold War and Red Scare:

American consumer culture: