Vietnam Archive Awarded More Than $48,000 to Process Records of Vietnamese Political Prisoners

Written by Michael Castellon

Date: July 13, 2006
CONTACT: Michael Castellon,

LUBBOCK – The preservation and processing of records related to thousands of Vietnamese political prisoners will become a top priority of the Texas Tech University Vietnam Center Archive, thanks in part to a grant of $48,565, awarded to the center by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

For 20 years, the Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association maintained detailed paper records on at least 10,000 Vietnamese prisoners and refugees. The documents outline their immigration and resettlement in the United States.

Last year, the Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation donated a 135-linear- foot collection of paper documents collected by the FVPPA to the archive. The documents are in critical need of preservation and organization.

“Our goal is to preserve and manage these documents in a way so they will always be available to Vietnamese Americans and their families, researchers, educators and students,” said Stephen Maxner, deputy director of the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University. “This will allow us to be one of the nation’s flagship organizations with documents related to Vietnamese political prisoners and refugees. By providing archival preservation and access to the records of the FVPPA, this project will significantly advance the study of the Vietnamese immigration experience.”

The FVPPA was founded in 1977 in Arlington, Virginia. The organization worked toward the release of re-education camp detainees in Vietnam and assisted applicants for the Orderly Departure Program, a program created to stem illegal and
dangerous departures from Vietnam. The FVPPA also provided resettlement
support for recent Vietnamese immigrants to the U.S. and lobbied Congress and corresponded with other government officials on behalf of Vietnamese immigrants and refugees.

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CONTACT: Stephen Maxner, deputy director of the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University, (806) 742-9010 or