Researching Online (Digital Materials)

The Vietnam Archive currently has over 550,000 items (over 4 million pages) available online in a digital format. Types of materials digitized include documents and manuscripts, still and moving images, audio recordings, oral histories, maps, artifacts, and more. New items are being made available online daily.

To assist researchers, we have provided a variety of ways to access these digital materials.

Search Pages

The primary method for accessing digital materials is the Virtual Vietnam Archive search engine. The Virtual Vietnam Archive is the name of our complete digitization project, and this search page allows users to search all the materials in the Virtual Archive, including our collection Finding Aids, which are listings of the contents of our physical collections. By including finding aids in the Virtual Archive, we allow users to search across our entire holdings, both the individually digitized items, and collections that have not yet been digitized. Note that some items in the Virtual Archive will not be available to users outside of our building due to copyright issues.

There are also search pages available for some specific collections. The most significant is the Maps Collection search page. While the map collection is available in the Virtual Archive, the maps search page gives researchers some more specific search options, such as searching by latitude and longitude. Search pages are also available for the Graffiti Project Canvas Bunk Bottom Collection, our Operations Database of over 1300 operations conducted in Southeast Asia, and for names included in the Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association Collection (operations and FVPPA Collection names are not available through the Virtual Archive search page).

Tutorials are available to assist researchers in using the Virtual Archive and the Maps Database.


Researches interested in looking through the holdings of the Vietnam Archive without going through the search page should try the various browse pages listed below:

Other Digital Material Resources

Subject Guides

Subject Guides are available for a variety of topics, with new guides added regularly. Many of the subject guides include links to digitized materials.

Conferences & Symposia

The Vietnam Center conducts yearly conferences and triennial symposiums. Sessions at these conferences cover a wide variety of topics, and are filmed and made available online following the conference.

Online Exhibits

Online exhibits are used to showcase specific aspects of our digital collections. More information and links to online exhibits can be found on our exhibits page.

Random Image

Interested in just a sample from our still image collection? Go to our Random Image page.


Books are not available in digital formats through our website. The Vietnam Archive library contains over 10,000 titles, but these are non-circulating and must be used in our reading room. To search for books, go to the TTU Library Catalog.