Vietnam Collection Launched!

Today, on the 35th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, WGBH Media Library and Archives launches the Open Vault Vietnam Collection, an online video library drawn exclusively from the 1983 landmark WGBH series, VIETNAM: A TELEVISION HISTORY.

The Vietnam Collection contains hours of rare archival footage and in-depth interviews with key decision makers and veterans on both sides of the conflict, as well as enhanced tools to interact the media. This two-year project is a collaboration between WGBH Media Library and Archives, the University of Massachusetts/Boston (UMB), and the Columbia University Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL).

To coincide with the launch of this collection, WGBH’s Digital Mural is featuring images from the collection today!

New Project: War and Peace in the Nuclear Age

Another new project for the Media Library and Archives. We’ve received funding from the NEH to digitize and stream 254 original interviews (video and transcripts) produced for the broadcast series War and Peace in the Nuclear Age. These digitized materials will join the Nuclear Age records already on Open Vault.

We are seeking financial support for this project. If you are interested in donating, we encourage you to support Open Vault. If you are interested in learning more about the Boston TV News Digital Library, please contact us.

My Lai film on PBS.org

At PBS.org, you can watch My Lai, the new American Experience documentary on the 1968 massacre. The site also has transcripts from 2009 interviews with author Tim O’Brien and helicopter gunner Larry Colburn.

Here at Open Vault, you can watch and read a 1981 interview with another helicopter pilot, Frank “Fred” Hickey, and search records relating to Lieutenant William Calley, the the only US Army officer convicted of murder in the My Lai massacre.