Vietnam War Collections

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VIETNAM WAR COLLECTIONS
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Call Number: D.287
Dates: 1966-1973
Physical Description: 6 separate collections in 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Folder 1
Folder 2
Folder 3
Folder 4
Folder 5
Folder 6
Folders 7-9
Collection Overview
Title: VIETNAM WAR COLLECTIONS
Call Number: D.287
Dates: 1966-1973
Physical Description: 6 separate collections in 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Connor (James and John Michael) Papers

This collection consists of letters written by two brothers, James and John Michael Connor, to their aunt Mary Ann Connor, while they served in the military during the period of the Vietnam War. James Connor was stationed in Germany, and traveled throughout Europe with his first wife Barbara. His letters discuss his experiences living, working, and traveling in Europe. John Michael ("Mike") Connor was enrolled in St. John Fisher College in the 1960s, but due to a clerical error he was drafted for service. He trained for the artillery at Ft. Hood in Texas, and fought in Vietnam during the notorious Tet Offensive. Mike's letters include thank-you notes for gifts sent to him by his aunt, and discuss his experiences while training at Ft. Hood and then serving in Vietnam.

Depuy (Charles T.) Papers

This collection contains letters written by Charles T. DePuy, Jr. to his friend Elisabeth ("Ebets") Wesson while DePuy was serving in Vietnam from 1966-1967. His letters discuss his duties as an aerial intelligence officer, as well as his personal feelings about the war in Vietnam. Also included is a letter written in 1981 where DePuy reflects upon his experiences in Vietnam.

Finnegan (Mike) Papers

This collection includes letters written by Mike Finnegan to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Finnegan, during his tour of duty in Phu Bai, Vietnam in 1972. The letters provide details about Finnegan's daily life and work-related duties in and around the Phu Bai area.

Gordon (Edwin) Papers

This collection contains printed publications and ephemera relating to the United States' involvement in Vietnam. Included are publications issued by the U.S. Department of State; printed ephemera in support of Vietnam veterans; and newspaper articles written by Edwin Gordon. Gordon, a retired Rochester, NY history and social studies teacher, was heavily involved in promoting public support for Vietnam veterans and was outspoken in his support for the military action taken by the U.S. in Vietnam. He made two trips to South Vietnam in 1963 and 1966 as a volunteer on behalf of a Christian charitable organization.

Maurer (Frederick J.) Papers

The typescript of a letter written by Frederick J. Maurer to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Maurer, while serving in Vietnam as a Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Army. In the letter, Frederick frankly discusses his objections to the way the war in Vietnam is being handled and portrayed by the American government and the American press. Frederick flew helicopters and was stationed at a base near Kontum at the time the letter was written.

Topolosky (Michael J.) Papers

This collection contains letters written by Michael J. Topolosky, a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Most of the letters were written during his training and tour of duty in Vietnam from 1967-1968. Topolosky wrote the letters to his former professor at Texas A&M University, Dr. Donald Weekes, whom Topolosky always referred to as "Doc." The two men continued a close friendship beyond Topolosky's college years. The collection contains over 50 letters and postcards written by Michael J. Topolosky to Dr. Weekes, including several letters written to Dr. Weekes by Michael's wife, Trudy.

Scope and Content
Connor (James and John Michael) Papers

The Connor collection consists of 31 letters and 4 postcards. They are the gift of Mary Ann Connor of East Rochester, NY, July 17, 1981.

Arrangement
Connor, James and John

DePuy, Charles T., Jr.

Finnegan, Mike

Gordon, Edwin

Maurer, Frederick J.

Topolosky, Michael J.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
The DePuy Papers are the gift of Elisabeth Wesson Judson of Rochester, NY, August 5, 1981.The letters are the gift of Mrs. Thomas Finnegan of Rochester, NY, May 17, 1982.The Gordon Papers are the gift of Edwin Gordon of Greece, NY.The Maurer letter is the gift of Alfred Maurer of Sun City Center, Florida, August 4, 1982.The Topolosky letters are the gift of Helen N. Weekes of Wilmington, Ohio, January 10, 1990. Helen is a 1942 graduate of the University of Rochester (Helen Louise Nyquist) and the widow of Dr. Donald Weekes.Access
The VIETNAM WAR COLLECTIONS is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], VIETNAM WAR COLLECTIONS, D.287, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Content List
Folder 1
James Connor
5 letters, 15 Sep [19]70 - 31 Aug [1971].
1 empty envelope, postmarked 6 Aug 1971.
1 postcard, [2 Nov 1971].
Folder 2
John Michael Connor
26 letters and 3 postcards, 22 Nov [19]66 - 15 Jul [1968]. Letters dated 22 Nov [19]66 - 30 May [1967] written while in Ft. Hood, Texas; letters dated 25 Jul [1967] - 15 Jul [1968] written while in Vietnam.
1 empty envelope, no postmark.
Folder 3
Charles T. DePuy, Jr.
6 letters and 1 card, 3 Jun [1966] - 15 May [1967] and 16 Jul [1981].
Aerial photograph of the central highlands of Vietnam, enclosed in 15 May [1967] letter.
1 empty envelope, postmarked 27 Feb 1967.
Folder 4
Mike Finnegan
7 letters, 23 Jul 1972 - 26 Oct 1972.
Folder 5
Edwin Gordon
Pamphlet: "The Central Issue in Viet-Nam: Secretary Rusk Discusses U.S. National Interests in Asia." Transcript of portions of a news conference by Secretary of State Dean Rusk relating to Vietnam, October 12, 1967. Department of State Publication 8313.
Pamphlet: "The SEATO Treaty and the War in Viet-Nam." Department of State, Bureau of Public Affairs, Public Information Series, P-433-570, no date. 2 copies.
Notebook of pamphlets: "The Truth About Viet Nam: Why 31 Nations of the Free World Are Trying to Preserve the Independence of South Viet Nam." Contains nine issues [no.2, Feb 1967; no.2 revised, May 1968; no.3, Feb 1967; no.3 revised, May 1968; no.4 revised, Dec 1967; no.6, Jun 1967; no.7, Aug 1968; no.7 revised, Aug 1968; no.10, Aug 1967, 2 copies] of "Viet-Nam Information Notes," a publication of the Office of Media Services, Bureau of Public Affairs, Department of State.
Pamphlet: "The American Armed Forces Won Their War in Vietnam." Written by Edwin Gordon, 1980, and distributed by the American Legion of Rochester, NY. 2 copies; 1 copy contains photocopy of a newspaper article about the pamphlet and thank you letters from organizations upon receipt of the pamphlet.
Newspaper articles (photocopies) by and about Edwin Gordon, 1976-1979.
Folder 6
Frederick J. Maurer
1 letter (typescript of the original), 26 Mar [1968].
1 letter from Alfred Maurer to the University of Rochester Library, 15 Dec 1981, providing background information about his son's letter from Vietnam.
Folders 7-9
Michael J. Topolosky
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1967. 14 Aug [19]67 letter includes photograph of airplane used during training.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1968.
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1970 and 1973.


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