Guide to the James Ridgeway Files on Southeast Asian Refugees

Processed by Julia Stringfellow; machine-readable finding aid created by Audrey Pearson
Special Collections and Archives
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California 92623-9557
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Email: spcoll@uci.edu
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Descriptive Summary

Title: James Ridgeway files on Southeast Asian refugees
Date: 1959-1996
Collection Number: MS-SEA007
Creator: Ridgeway, James
Extent: 3.8 linear feet (5 boxes)
Languages: The collection is in English and Vietnamese.
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: This collection is comprised of materials collected by James Ridgeway that document refugee social services and educational organizations. The materials focus on organizations in Texas, the second most populous state after California for Southeast Asian refugees. An extensive list of evacuees from Southeast Asia is also included, which contains information on gender, age and occupation of refugees who arrived in 1975 at Camp Pendleton, California, a United States processing center for refugees. James Ridgeway served as a missionary and United Press International reporter in Vietnam from 1966 to the fall of Vietnam in 1975.

Important Information for Researchers

Access

The collection is open for research. Access to lists of refugee evacuees who arrived at Camp Pendleton, California, is restricted until 2025. Restrictions are noted at the first level.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Southeast Asian Archive Librarian.

Preferred Citation

James Ridgeway files on Southeast Asian refugees. MS-SEA007. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Gift of James Ridgeway, 2001.

Processing History

Processed by Julia Stringfellow, 2005. Processing was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant.

Historical Background

James Ridgeway served as a missionary and United Press International reporter in Vietnam from 1966 to the fall of Vietnam in 1975. Ridgeway is the president of the Silver Dragons Corporation.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection is comprised of materials collected by James Ridgeway that document refugee social services and educational organizations. The materials focus on organizations in Texas, the second most populous state after California for Southeast Asian refugees. An extensive list of evacuees from Southeast Asia is also included, which contains information on gender, age and occupation of refugees who arrived in 1975 at Camp Pendleton, California, a United States processing center for refugees.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Refugees -- Southeast Asia -- Archives.
Refugees -- Services for -- Texas -- Archives.
Refugees -- Texas -- Archives.
Refugees -- California -- Archives.
Southeast Asians -- Texas -- Archives.
Southeast Asians -- California -- Archives.
Evacuation of civilians -- Southeast Asia -- History -- Sources.

Genres and Forms of Materials

Letters -- 20th century.
Photographic prints -- 20th century.
Reports -- 20th century.

Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

Online Archive of California
Southeast Asian Archive.


Collection Contents

Box : Folder 1 : 1

Asian-American Alliance, information packet 1984

Box : Folder 1 : 2

Asian American festival program 1981

Box : Folder 1 : 3

Asia Society, newsletter 1985

Box : Folder 1 : 4

Association of Former Members of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), correspondence and program materials 1981-1984

Box : Folder 1 : 5

Association of Vietnamese of Houston, Texas, annual Tet publication 1986

Box : Folder 1 : 6

Cambodian refugees, correspondence and refugee assistance materials 1977-1980

Box : Folder 1 : 7

Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, correspondence and legislation information 1984

Box : Folder 1 : 8

Government publications on refugee assistance 1975

Box : Folder 1 : 9-10

Harris County Refugee Council, correspondence, meeting agendas, and program materials 1975-1986

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box : Folder 1 : 11

Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) Department, correspondence, organizational information, and directory 1975-1976

Box : Folder 1 : 12

Houston community college system, English as a Second Language (ESL) program for Vietnamese informational booklet and program 1976

Box : Folder 1 : 13

Houston job training partnership council, annual report 1985

Box : Folder 1 : 14

Houston police department, program materials, reports, and photographs 1987

Box : Folder 1 : 15

Indochinese culture center, program materials 1987

Box : Folder 1 : 16

Indochinese Mutual Program Action Center for Training (IMPACT), correspondence and publications 1985

Box : Folder 3 : 1 - 5 : 3

List of refugee evacuees who arrived at Camp Pendleton, California 1975

Physical Description: 10 folders.

Access Information

Access is restricted until 2025-01-01.
Box : Folder 1 : 17

List of refugees who left Vietnam after May 5, 1975 1975-1976

Scope and Content Note

The list was created for refugees hoping to find their families who had gone to the United States or Canada.
Box : Folder 1 : 18

National Association for Vietnamese American Education (NAVAE), conference materials and correspondence 1981-1982

Box : Folder 1 : 19

Newsletter materials and mailing lists 1973-1974

Box : Folder 1 : 20-21

Newspaper clippings 1974-1994

Physical Description: 2 folders.
Box : Folder 1 : 22

Ngay Nay Newspaper, correspondence 1987-1988

Box : Folder 1 : 23

Personal Evangelism teaching materials 1959-1966

Box : Folder 1 : 24

Project AID (American and Indochina Development Corporation), progress report and meeting minutes 1975-1976

Box : Folder 1 : 25

Refugee assistance programs, reports and proposal request 1975-1986

Box : Folder 1 : 26

Refugee crisis intervention and mental health workshop, reports and correspondence 1976-1985

Box : Folder 1 : 27

Refugee medically needy program, program materials 1985

Box : Folder 1 : 28

Refugee resettlement information, refugee assistance materials, correspondence and photographs 1975-1986

Box : Folder 1 : 29

Refugees in Thailand information, reports 1975-1977

Box : Folder 1 : 30

Refugees publication that provides information on refugee assistance worldwide 1976

Box : Folder 1 : 31

Resignation letters, correspondence and reports 1980-1981

Box : Folder 1 : 32

Resource directory of community youth services for Harris County 1986

Box : Folder 1 : 33

Sixteen to Twenty-five Program, project materials 1980

Box : Folder 1 : 34

Sponsorship of Vietnamese refugees, program materials 1975

Box : Folder 1 : 35

Tet festival program 1980

Box : Folder 1 : 36

Texas Asian Republican caucus and Asian American Voters Coalition, correspondence and program materials 1984-1986

Box : Folder 1 : 37

Texas training and employment center, personnel handbook and newsletter 1986-1987

Box : Folder 1 : 38

Vietnamese American Association of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, program materials 1983

Box : Folder 1 : 39

Vietnamese American Association of Wisconsin, newsletters, correspondence, and program materials 1971-1976

Box : Folder 2 : 1

Vietnamese business directories for Texas 1986-1991

Box : Folder 2 : 2

Vietnamese refugees education guides, correspondence and guides 1975

Box : Folder 2 : 3

Vietnamese Student Association of Struggle for Human Rights in Vietnam, informational booklet 1980

Box : Folder 2 : 4

Vietnam Refugees' Relief Foundation International, correspondence 1975

Box : Folder 2 : 5

Vietnam Tai Texas, mailing lists 1985

Box : Folder 2 : 6

Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) Indochina Refugee Services, reports, correspondence, and program materials 1979-1980