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Vietnamese Immigration collection

 Collection — Box: 1-6, 7+, 8-12
Identifier: MS-0030

Scope and Contents

The Vietnamese Immigration Collection documents the experience of Vietnamese nationals who left their country during the collapse of the South Vietnamese government in April 1975, and were subsequently resettled in the United States following an orientation period in refugee camps at Camp Pendleton, California, Fort Indian Town Gap, Pennsylvania, and others.

This collection was assembled by Dr. Gail Paradise Kelly and others as documentation for her book From Vietnam to America: A chronicle of Vietnamese Immigration to the United States, which was published by Westview Press, Boulder, Co, in 1977.

Printed materials include English and Vietnamese language newspapers Doi Song Moi (Refugee Task Force), Dat Lanh (Fort Indian Town Gap), Chan Tri Moi (Guam), and Thong Bao (Camp Pendleton) published fir the benefit of the refugees. Also included are governmental reports on Vietnamese immigration by the Interagency Task Force, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare's Refugee Task Force, and other agencies.

Of particular significance are orientation and sponsorship materials used at Camp Pendleton and Fort Indian Town Gap, much of which pertains to educational programs acculturating the Vietnamese to life in the United States.

The manuscript material consists of a small amount of correspondence with "VOLAGS" (voluntary agencies) soliciting material for Dr. Kelly's study, the first draft of the book, with comments from persons who had worked with the Vietnamese immigrants and from Dr. Kelly's colleagues at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and the final draft of the book.

The collection contains 82 cassette tapes of interviews with Vietnamese immigrants from various levels of society, conducted in both Vietnamese and English; interviews with case workers and other persons connected with the relief agencies; interviews with civilian and military workers in the camps, including administrators, aids, teachers, and others; and tapes of classroom instruction and social events in the camps.


  • 1975-1977


Language of Materials

Collection material in Vietnamese and English.

Terms of Access

The manuscripts and printed materials in the Vietnamese Immigration Collection, 1975-1977 are open to all serious scholars. Researchers wishing to consult the oral history interviews must consult the University Archivist for further information on restriction.

Persons wishing to use this collection should refer to Dr. Kelly's book, particularly the section on "Sources," page 239-254.


Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Dr. Gail Paradise Kelly

Kelly was a chair of the Department of Educational Organization, Administration and Policy at the University Buffalo Graduate School of Education, and held an adjunct professorship in the Department in History.

Kelly graduated from the University of Chicago in1962, and earned a master degree in Education from Indiana University in 1970. Finished a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison for Educational Policy Studies in 1975.

In 1975, Kelly joined the UB education faculty, where she developed several new courses in comparative education and held an adjunct associate professorship in the Department of History since 1979. She was an editorial consultant for several Praeger Publishers and the SUNY Press and co-editor of Comparative Education Review from 1978 to1988.

During 29 years of her career, she had achieved international distinction for her groundbreaking work in education and the impact of colonialism on education in developing countries. Her first book, From Vietnam to America (1977), she introduced the situation of Vietnamese refugees in the United States, and the role of education in the anti-colonial struggle in Vietnam. Her last book, Women's Higher Education in Comparative Perspective was much of her work, combined both her commitments to feminism and educational scholarship.

After a five year battle with cancer, Kelly died at the Buffalo General Hospital in 1991.

Modified from University News ½8/1991, Biographical File, University Archives, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.


6.63 Linear Feet (6 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, 2 flat boxes, 1 oversize box, 2 card file boxes)


The Vietnamese Immigration Collection documents the experience of Vietnamese nationals who left their country during the collapse of the South Vietnamese government in April 1975, and were subsequently resettled in the United States.


This collection is arranged in six series: I. Manuscript and Correspondence, II. Reports, III. Curricular Reports, IV. Orientation and Sponsorship Materials, V. English and Vietnamese Language Newspapers, VI. Oral History Tapes.

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University Archives by Dr. Gail Paradise Kelly, Associate Professor in the Department of Social, Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the Faculty of Educational Studies, State University of New York at Buffalo, January. 26, April 1, and July 12, 1977.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives Staff. Finding aid updated by Matthew Oliver, February 2016.


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Repository Details

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