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Combined Document Exploitation Center, Saigon : Captured documents from the Vietnam War, 1966-1973


94 ten inch reels of 35 mm microfilm


During the Vietnam War, materials captured by U.S. and allied forces in South Vietnam were forwarded to the Combined Document Exploitation Center (CDEC) in Saigon, where they were microfilmed and analyzed for intelligence purposes. The microfilm was turned over to the National Archives and was declassified in 1979. These reels are copies the Joiner Center purchased.

Scope and Content

The approximately 200,000 numbered document sets include personal papers (diaries, photographs, letters, etc.) and organizations' records (policy statements, reports, pamphlets, etc.) that belonged to South and North Vietnamese revolutionaries and others fighting against U.S. forces. Although the captured materials are in Vietnamese, a brief English synopsis, a field report, and sometimes a translation, preface each numbered document set. Five of the reels contain CDEC Bulletins, which were issued daily and include summaries and reports about the captured documents. Material was filmed as it was received from the field; there is no extant index.