Contents and Arrangement

Binh Son District (Quang Ngai Province), 1960s

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of detailed manuscript maps of Vietnamese villages dating from the Vietnam War years, showing mmostly villages in the Quang Ngai Province (2 villages in the Quang Tri Province), with color-coded tissue overlays that identify the political sympathies of the residents in the village houses. There are 71 pen-and-ink and watercolor maps on 75 sheets, each with a tissue overlay stapled at one edge, the tissue marked with color dots. Each measures approximately 13 x 19 inches or the reverse. Text in Vietnamese, but most with contemporary pencil translations in English. Several have additional Vietnames notes included with the map. Each map's key ("Chu-Thich") identifies roads, temples, graves, types of houses, schools, waterways, etc. A loose key sheet serves as a guide to the meaning of the colored dots on the tissue overlays: red dots indicate the houses of Communist party members; yellow dots are houses of persons who regrouped to the North; blue dots are houses of persons who defected to the Viet Cong; grey dots are houses of persons who are suspected as VC cadres; and three yellow lines followed by a red dot are houses of person who have sympathy toward the National government as well as the VC.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were separated during 2014 processing.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Binh Son District (Quang Ngai Province); Vietnam War Manuscript Village Maps, C1481, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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