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Circle of Sisters/Circle of Friends Collection

 Collection
Identifier: M128

Circle of Sisters / Circle of Friends is a coalition of women who served as civilians with various organizations in Vietnam and throughout Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Established in 1996, the idea for the collection came about after Jolynne Strang and Cathleen Cordova, both of whom served in Vietnam, gathered information on civilian women who had lost their lives during that conflict.

The Circle of Sisters/Circle of Friends collection includes personal papers, photographs, memorabilia, books, newspaper clippings, audio and video tapes, slides, letters, scrapbooks, theses, dissertations, and oral interviews. The collection illustrates women's service during the war in Southeast Asia as well as the ''coming home'' experience and shows their continued service through the present day.

Dates

  • Other: 1940-2005

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

File folders contain social security numbers:

M128.01.0001.0004;M128.01.0001.0005;M128.01.0001.0009;M128.01.0001.0010;M128.01.0001.0011;M128.01.0001.0012;M128.01.0001.0015;M128.01.0001.0017;M128.01.0001.0018;M128.01.0001.0019;M128.03.0011.0014;

File folder contains medical record: M128.03.0012.0084

Extent

22 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The Circle of Sisters/Circle of Friends collection includes personal papers, photographs, memorabilia, books, newspaper clippings, audio and video tapes, slides, letters, scrapbooks and oral interviews. The collection illustrates women's service during the war in Southeast Asia as well as the ''coming home'' experience and shows their continued service through the present day. The current strengths of the collection are a section devoted to biographical material on each of the civilian women who died in Vietnam, personal films and videos, out-of-print books about women's roles during the war, information about Operation Babylift, and various theses and dissertations.

Biographical / Historical

A Circle of Sisters / A Circle of Friends is a coalition of civilian women who served with various organizations in Vietnam and throughout Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. These women worked with organizations such as the American Red Cross, Army Special Services, the USO, CIA, USMD, and the United States State Department in direct support of U.S. soldiers and allies in Vietnam. Established in 1996, the idea for the collection came about after Jolynne Strang and Cathleen Cordova, both of whom served in Vietnam, gathered information on civilian women who had lost their lives during that conflict. Strang and Cordova also organized a national ceremony to recognize all women who had served as civilians in Vietnam and to honor those women who had died. The first ceremony was held on November 10, 1993 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 'The Wall,' in Washington, D.C.

Between March 1973, when most U.S. soldiers left Vietnam as the result of the Paris Peace Accords, and April 1975, Sally Vinyard was the housing chief for the U.S. Defense Attache Office. She played a crucial role in evacuating more than 25,000 South Vietnamese and Americans as Communist troops advanced on Saigon

Arrangement

This collection has been arranged into 8 series. 1. Sally Vinyard Papers; 2. Lily Adams Papers; 3. Jeanne "Sam" Christie Papers; 4. Circle of Sisters; 5. Publications; 6. Material Culture; 7. Audiovisual Materials; 8. Exhibit Materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Sally Vinyard, 2005. Gift of Vicki Fernandez, 2005 and 2006.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Preservation/Conservation

All textiles have been frozen and debugged. EKM March 26, 2018.

Processing Information

Removed various newspaper clippings and whole newspapers that had no context within the collection and series. Intial:EKM Date: March 5, 2018.
Processing Information Removed piece of blue fabric and piece of metal. No contextual evidence provided and no donor information. EKM March 26, 2018.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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