Guide to the Photograph Album of International Women's Day Parade in Saigon, Vietnam

Processed by Cyndi Shein; machine-readable finding aid created by Cyndi Shein
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Photograph album of International Women's Day parade in Saigon, Vietnam
Date: 1959
Collection Number: MS-SEA024
Creator: Organizing Committee of Vietnamese Women's Day (Saigon, Vietnam)
Extent: 0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Languages: The collection is in English.
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: This photograph album contains 24 black-and-white photographs of ceremonies held in Saigon, Vietnam for International Women's Day in 1959. The celebration honored the heroic, first-century Trung sisters. Created by the organizing committee of the event as a keepsake, the album contains descriptive captions in English.

Important Information for Researchers


The collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

Photograph Album of International Women's Day Parade in Saigon, Vietnam. MS-SEA024. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
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Acquisition Information

Acquired, 2003.

Processing History

Processed by Cyndi Shein, 2007.

Historical Background

International Women's Day is an official holiday, celebrated annually on March 8 in several countries around the world, including Vietnam. In 1959 the celebration in Saigon honored the Trung sisters, Trung Trac and Trung Nhi, first-century heroines of the fight for Vietnamese independence from China.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This photograph album contains 24 black-and-white photographs of ceremonies held in Saigon, Vietnam for Women's Day in 1959. The album was created by the organizing committee of the event and given to an unidentified person as a keepsake. The dedication of the album is signed by Mrs. Nguyn Van La. The celebration honored Vietnamese women in general, as well as the Trung sisters. The album also includes music and lyrics to a song extolling "Family Law" entitled "The Flood of the Vietnamese Women's Revolution." Photographs show parade scenes, delegates from women's associations, a girls' choir, and a man identified as the "President of the Republic" [Ngo Dinh Diem] conferring honors upon award recipients. There are captions in English for each photograph.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Women -- Vietnam -- Photographs.
International Women's Day -- Vietnam -- Saigon -- Photographs.
Parades -- Vietnam -- Saigon -- Photographs.

Genres and Formats of Materials

Photograph albums -- Vietnam -- Saigon -- 20th century.


Southeast Asian Archive.