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  • Preferred Citation
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  • Accruals
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: Maerose J. Evans papers
    Collection Number: 95049
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 13 manuscript boxes (5.2 linear feet)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1969-1975
    Date (inclusive): 1969-1994
    Abstract: Correspondence, minutes, reports, financial records, bulletins, newsletters, serial issues, clippings, and photographs, relating to efforts to secure the release of American prisoners of war in Vietnam, efforts to secure information on American servicemen reported missing in action, and the families of those servicemen.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Evans, Maerose J.

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Maerose J. Evans papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1995.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Maerose J. Evans was the wife of Commander James J. Evans, United States Navy, who went missing in action in 1965. Commander Evans was a naval aviator whose aircraft was lost during a reconnaissance mission over Laos. Maerose was originally from New Jersey and James was originally from Kansas. They were living in Alameda, California with two children, Monica and James, when Evans left for Laos. Evans was later presumed killed in action in 1974. Remains were returned in 1977 that were positively identified as Commander Evans.
    Maerose was involved with the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia during its founding and incorporation in 1969 and 1970. She eventually became the Western Regional coordinator which overseeas California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Hawaii. She was heavily involved in the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action issue in the United States and gave many speeches and talks about the inhumane treatment of prisoners and the need for a full accounting of the missing men. She even travelled to Laos in 1972 in an attempt to gain more information about her missing husband. She eventually left the position of the Regional Coordinator and the National League of Families over a disagreement about the direction of the organization since she believed that her values no longer aligned with those of the League.
    Maerose eventually remarried George Humphreys in 1984. She was buried in Arlington National Cemetary with her first husband, James J. Evans, in 1995.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Correspondence, minutes, reports, financial records, bulletins, and newsletters from the National League of Families, supporting committees, and the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action League of Santa Clara County. The materials are related to efforts to secure the release of American prisoners of war in Vietnam, efforts to secure information on American servicemen reported missing in action, and the families of those servicemen. A small amount of serial issues, clippings, and photographs related to the POW/MIA issue are also included.
    The creator was the wife of a Navy Commander who went missing in action in 1965 and became the Western Regional Coordinator for the National League of Families. Most of the materials focus on the Western Region or California families of servicemen who were prisoners of war or missing in action. There is also some focus on the issue at a national and international level. Personal correspondence is the primary type of documents kept in the collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia.
    Navy wives.
    Prisoners of war.
    United States--Armed Forces.
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Missing in action.
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Prisoners and prisons, North Vietnamese.