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Inventory of the Victoria Schuck papers
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  • Biographical Note
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  • Related Collection(s)

  • Title: Victoria Schuck papers
    Date (inclusive): 1956-1977
    Collection Number: 98064
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of the Materials : In English, Vietnamese, with some material in French and Chinese.
    Physical Description: 15 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder (7.6 linear feet)
    Abstract: The bulk of the collection spans from 1961 to 1977, mainly while Schuck was a professor of the Political Science Department at Mount Holyoke College. The collection primarily reflects Schuck's research interests in South Vietnam: elections, government administration, the Vietnam War, the case of Tran Ngoc Chau, and the South Vietnam Youth Movement. The collection is composed of writings, statistical data, biographical data, publications, photographs, and other materials.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Schuck, Victoria


    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], Victoria Schuck papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1998.


    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 Note

    16 March 1909 Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
    1930 Received Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University.
    1931 Received Master of Arts degree at Stanford University.
    1937 Received Doctor of Philosophy degree at Stanford University.
    1937-1940 Assistant Professor at Florida State College for Women.
    1940-1976 Member of the Mount Holyoke College Political Science Department.
    1942-1944 Worked as the Principal Program Analyst for the Office of Price Administration.
    1945-1947 Served as a consultant at the Office of Temporary Controls.
    1948-1949 Visiting lecturer at Smith College.
    1948-1974 Served on the Lecture Committee at Mount Holyoke College.
    1949 Initiated a Washington Internship Program.
    1952 Visiting professor at Stanford University.
    1954 Established a Political Studies Center.
    1957-1960 A member of the Massachusetts Commission on Interstate Cooperation.
    1958-1965 A member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts.
    1960-1962 Served on the Honors Committee at Mount Holyoke College.
    1960-1968 A member of the University's Building Authority.
    1961-1967 A member of the Town of South Hadley, Massachusetts Planning Board.
    1962-1974 A member of the Massachusetts Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
    1963 President John F. Kennedy appointed her as a member of the President's Commission on Registration and Voting Participation.
    1964-1973 A member of the Berkshire Community College New Campus Committee.
    1966 In South Vietnam under a grant from the Four-College Asian and African Studies Committee to conduct research on innovations in the civil service and budgeting.
    1966, 1971 Received grants to observe elections in South Vietnam and to study the Vietnamese constitution.
    1967-1968 A visiting scholar at the Brookings Institute.
    1971-1972 Vice President of the American Political Science Association.
    1972-1973 President of the Northeastern Political Science Association.
    1974 Retired from full-time teaching at Mount Holyoke College.
    1975-1976 Returned to teach Winter Term courses at Mount Holyoke College.
    1977-1980 Served as President of Mount Vernon College in Washington, D.C.
    1980 Received an honorary degree from Mount Vernon College upon retirement.
    1988 "The American Political Science Association established an annual award in her name to be given to the author of a book on women and politics."
    15 February 1999 Died in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
    Sources: "Constitution-Making in Vietnam--A Part of 'The Other War'" by Victoria Schuck for the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly, Summer 1967
    Biographical Note, Victoria Schuck Papers Finding Aid, 1930-1999, Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Collection spans from 1956 to 1977, collected primarily while Schuck was a Political Science professor at Mount Holyoke College. The collection reflects Schuck's research interests in South Vietnam: elections, government administration, the Vietnam War, the case of Tran Ngoc Chau, and the South Vietnam Youth Movement, among other topics. The collection is composed of writings, statistical data, biographical data, publications, photographs, and other materials.
    The Research file is organized into the three categories: Vietnam Youth Movement materials, photographs from trips of Schuck and Jim Mott, and Tran Ngoc Chau documents, along with materials related generally to Vietnam and Southeast Asia. The Research file also includes materials on the Vietnam War, government administration, and South Vietnam elections, among other topics.
    The South Vietnam Elections file contains documents related to Schuck’s research, organized into the following categories: General file, National Assembly and Constituent Assembly file, Upper House file, Lower House file, President and Vice President file, and Senate file. These categories include news releases, posters, decrees, statistical data, and other materials pertaining to general elections, village and hamlet elections, assembly elections, Upper House and Lower House elections, presidential elections, and senatorial elections.
    The Vietnam Government Administration file includes a Constitution file, along with materials that include documents, charts, maps, and other items related to the government and administration of Vietnam. More specific topics include village government, hamlet government, military government, local government, and regional government.
    The Vietnam War f ile includes documents, charts, maps, news releases, and other materials related to the Vietnam War. More specifically, topics include Vietcong, U.S. military assistance, Land-to-the-Tiller, and peace.

    Related Collection(s)

    Victoria Schuck papers, 1930-1999, Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections.
    Victoria Schuck papers, circa 1974-1980, Special Collections Research Center, Gelman Library, The George Washington University.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Legislative bodies--Vietnam.
    United States--Foreign relations--Vietnam.
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
    Vietnam--Foreign relations--United States.
    Vietnam--Politics and government--1945-1975.