List of Sources

Unpublished Sources

  • Department of State
    Indexed Central Files. A major source of documentation for this volume was the indexed central (decimal) files of the Department of State.
    Lot Files. Documents from the central files have been supplemented by materials from decentralized office files, the lot files of the Department of State. A list of the lot files consulted in this volume follows:
    • Conference Files: Lot 65 D 533
      • Collection of documentation on official visits by heads of government and foreign ministers to the United States and on major international conferences attended by the Secretary of State for 1962 as maintained by the Executive Secretariat of the Department of State.
    • Presidential Correspondence: Lot 66 D 476
      • Correspondence of the President with various heads of state, 1961-1966.
    • S/P Files: Lot 69 D 121
      • Subject files, country files, chronological files, documents, drafts, and related correspondence of the Policy Planning Staff for 1962.
    • S/S Files: Lot 66 D 219
      • Briefing books and chronologies as maintained by the Executive Secretariat, 1962-1965.
    • S/S-NSC Files: Lot 72 D 316
      • Master file of National Security Action Memoranda (NSAMs), 1961-1968.
    • Secretaryʼs Memoranda of Conversation: Lot 65 D 330
      • Memoranda of the Secretary of Stateʼs and Under Secretary of Stateʼs conversations, 1961-1964.
    • Vietnam Working Group Files: Lot 66 D 193
      • Files of the Vietnam Working Group, 1960-1962.
    • Vietnam Working Group Files: Lot 66 D 307
      • Master files of the Vietnam Working Group for 1962.
  • Washington National Records Center, Suitland, Maryland
    • Record Group 84, Records of Foreign Service Posts of the United States
      • Saigon Embassy Files: FRC 67 A 677
        • Classified files of the Embassy in Saigon for 1962.
      • Saigon Embassy Files: FRC 68 A 5159
        • Top Secret files of the Embassy in Saigon, 1955-1964, formerly Lot 66 F 89.
    • Record Group 306, Records of the U.S. Information Agency
      • USIA/I/S Files: FRC 68 A 4933
        • U.S. Information Agency subject files for the Far East.
      • USIA/IAF Files: FRC 68 A 1415
        • Files of the Office of the Director of the U.S. Information Agency, 1961-1962; action copies retained by the Assistant Director for the Far East.1963-1964.
    • Record Group 330, Records of the Offlce of the Secretary of Defense
      • OASD/ISA Files: FRC 69 A 3501
        • General and country files of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs for 1962.
      • OSD Files: FRC 66 A 3542
        • Records of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense and their Special Assistants for 1962
  • John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, Massachusetts
    • National Security Files (NSF)
      • Brornley Smith Series.
      • Departments and Agendes Series.
      • Meetings and Memos Series.
      • Vietnam Country Series.
    • Presidentʼs Office Files
  • Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
    • Harriman Papers, Vietnam
  • National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
    • Taylor Papers
      • Papers of General Maxwell D. Taylor, Chief of Staff of the Army, 1955-1959 Military Adviser to the President, 1961-1962; Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff 1962-1964.
  • Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C.
    • Burke Papers
      • Papers of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, Chief of Naval Operations, 1955-1961.
  • University of Montana, Missoula, Montana
    • Mansfield Papers
  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
    • Bowles Papers

Published Sources

  • Documentary Collections and Periodicals
    • The Declassified Documents Quarterly Catalog, 1977. Washington: Carrollton Press, Inc., 1977.
    • The Declassified Documents Quarterly Catalog, 1978. Washington: Carrollton Press, Inc., 1978.
    • The Declassified Documents Quarterly Catalog, 1981. Washington: Carrollton Press, Inc., 1981.
    • The Pentagon Papers: The Defense Department History of United States Decisionmaking on Vietnam [The Senator Gravel Edition], 4 vols. Boston: Beacon Press, 1971.
    • Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1962. Washington.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1963.
    • U.S. Department of Defense. United States-Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967 [The Pentagon Papers], 12 vols. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1971.
    • U.S. Department of State. American Foreign Policy: Current Documents, 1962. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1966.
    • ———. Department of State Bulletin, 1962. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office.1962.
  • Memoirs

    Note: The following memoirs were consulted at the time this volume was prepared in 1984. The Department takes no responsibility for their accuracy nor endorses their interpretation of the events.

    • Galbraith, John Kenneth. Ambassadorʼs Journal: A Personal Account of the Kennedy Years. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1969.
    • Hilsman, Roger. To Move a Nation. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1967.
    • Mecklin, John. Mission in Torment. Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday, 1965.
    • Taylor, Maxwell D. Swords and Plowshares. New York: W.W. Norton, 1972.