Vietnam War Bibliography:

Presidential Documents

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States. Once upon a time, one volume of this series would contain the complete text of every public speech or other public statement made by a particular president during a particular year. But in recent decades, it has been necessary to have two volumes per year, occasionally even three.
GS 4.113:

Hathi Trust should have all the volumes for the Vietnam War era online. These include:

The American Presidency Project, which seems as far as I can tell to be a collaborative effort of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and the University of California at Santa Barbara, has a searchable online archive that contains all the texts from Public Papers of the Presidents from 1929 to the middle of 2001. This version, unlike the versions above, does not let you know what page of the print version had the text you are reading. But this archive also has some other material, such as transcripts of presidentials candidates' debates and political party platforms.

Lyndon B. Johnson et. al., Why Vietnam. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1965. vii, 27 pp. A pamphlet, released simultaneously with a film of the same title in the late summer of 1965.
Pr 36.2:V 67

Report of the President's Commission on Campus Unrest. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1970. x, 537 pp. (It was often called the "Scranton Commission" after its chairman, William Scranton.) The 1970 incident at Kent State University is covered on pp. 233-290. The complete text, but not the huge collection of photos relating to the Kent State incident (pp. 291-410), is online.
Pr 36.8:C 15/R 29

Richard M. Nixon, U.S. Foreign Policy for the 1970's: Shaping a Durable Peace. A report to the Congress by Richard Nixon, President of the United States, May 3, 1973. The text been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project at Texas Tech University, in three parts: pp. 1-49 (includes Part I, on relations with China and the Soviet Union, pp. 10-22, and Part II, on Indochina, pp. 24-40); pp. 50-100 (includes the beginning, pp. 96-100, of Part VI, on defense policy and arms control); pp. 101-127 (includes the remainder of Part VI).


Many declassified documents from the White House files have been published on microfilm. See
Microfilmed and CD-ROM Document Collections.


Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library

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