Guide to the Fort Chaffee Photographs of Vietnamese and Cambodian Refugees

Julia Stringfellow
Special Collections and Archives
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Phone: (949) 824-3947
Fax: (949) 824-2472
Email: spcoll@uci.edu
URL: http://special.lib.uci.edu
© 2006
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Fort Chaffee Photographs of Vietnamese and Cambodian Refugees

Collection number: MS-SEA025

Special Collections and Archives

The UCI Libraries

University of California

Irvine, California
Processed by:
Julia Stringfellow
Date Completed:
2005
Encoded by:
William Landis
© 2006 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Fort Chaffee photographs of Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees
Date: 1975
Collection number: MS-SEA025
Collector: Fort Chaffee (Ark.)
Collection Size: 0.4 linear feet (1 box) 33 digitized images
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: This collection is comprised of black and white photographs and negatives taken of Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees living at Fort Chaffee, a military base in Arkansas. The photographs document the daily life of the refugees, including the arrival of refugees by plane and bus, a visit from President Gerald Ford, refugee education and social activities.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
Selected digitized images from this collection.

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. These materials are in the public domain. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Southeast Asian Archive Librarian.

Preferred Citation

Fort Chaffee photographs of Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees. MS-SEA025. Southeast Asian Archive, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Fort Chaffee, 2003.

Alternative Forms of Material Available

A selection of thirty-three images from this collection has been digitized and is available in the Online Archive of California.

Processing Information

Processed by Julia Stringfellow, 2005. Processing was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant.

Organizational History

Fort Chaffee, a military base located in northwestern Arkansas, was a key military training installation from the early days of World War II until its closing in September 1997. Construction of the base began on September 9, 1941, with the first soldiers arriving on December 7, 1941. The mission of the post was to train U.S. soldiers for combat in Europe, America and the Pacific. Following WWII, Camp Chaffee became Fort Chaffee and continued to train U.S. Army personnel in a variety of military specialties.
In the late 1970s Fort Chaffee was a temporary home to over 50,000 Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees. From May 2 to December 20, 1975, these refugees came to Fort Chaffee to start their new lives. This task was handled very successfully and as a result, within five years, the post was called upon to help process more than 20,000 Cuban refugees.
On September 27, 1997, a change of command ceremony closed an era at Fort Chaffee. That day official command and control of the installation passed from the U.S. Army to the Arkansas Army National Guard when the U.S. Army Garrison was inactivated. The installation officially became known as the Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection is comprised of black and white photographs and negatives taken of Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees living at Fort Chaffee, a military base in Arkansas. The photographs document the daily life of the refugees, including the arrival of refugees by plane and bus, a visit from President Gerald Ford, refugee education and social activities.
There are approximately 245 photographs of different sizes, and 35 millimeter negatives strips account for ten percent of the photographs.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Refugees -- Cambodia -- Photographs.
Refugees -- Vietnam -- Photographs.
Refugees -- Arkansas -- Fort Chaffee -- Photographs.
Fort Chaffee (Ark.).

Genre terms

Photographic prints -- Arkansas -- Fort Chaffee -- 20th century.

Other terms

Southeast Asian Archive


Collection Contents

Box : Folder 1 : 1

Cambodian dancers. 1975

Box : Folder 1 : 2

Children living at Fort Chaffee. 1975

Box : Folder 1 : 3

Christmas and New Year's celebrations. 1975

Box : Folder 1 : 4

Dentist and staff educating refugees on dental hygiene. 1975

Box : Folder 1 : 5

Drivers education. 1975

Box : Folder 1 : 6

Funeral service. 1975

Box : Folder 1 : 7

Halloween. 1975

Box : Folder 1 : 8

Housing for refugees. 1975

Box FRAG 3

Negatives of photographs. 1975

Box : Folder 1 : 9

President Gerald Ford's visit to Fort Chaffee. 1975

Box : Folder 1 : 10

Refugee activities at Fort Chaffee. 1975

Box : Folder 1 : 11

Refugees arriving at Fort Chaffee. 1975

Box : Folder 1 : 12

Refugees at meals. 1975

Box : Folder 1 : 13

Refugees receiving clothing. 1975

Box : Folder 1 : 14

Rodeo. 1975

Box : Folder 1 : 15

Volunteers teaching English to refugees. 1975