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  • Title: Sybil Bailey Stockdale papers
    Date (bulk): 1965-1973
    Collection Number: 81084
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 13 manuscript boxes (5.2 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Diaries, coorespondence, notes, press releases, clippings, photographs, and phonotapes, relating to American prisoners of war during the Vietnamese War and to their families.
    Creator: Stockdale, Sybil
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives.


    Box 1 may not be used without permission of the Archivist. The remainder of the collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1981.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Sybil Bailey Stockdale papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Biographical Note

    Sybil Bailey Stockdale (1924-2015) was the wife of Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale, United States Navy, and Prisoner of war in North Vietnam, 1965-1973. Stockdale was the National coordinator of the National League of Families of American Prisoners in Southeast Asia, and cowrote the memoir In Love and War: the Story of a Family's Ordeal and Sacrifice During the Vietnam War with her husband. James and Sybil both graduated with graduate degrees from Stanford University.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The bulk of the collection contains correspondence between Sybil and James Stockdale from the begining of James' capture in Vietnam in 1965, till his release in 1973. The chronological file series maintains the original order of the creator; diaries, correspondence, notes, press releases, clippings, photographs, and phonotapes.
    An increment of materials was received in 2020 that had been previously seperated from the collection and had been returned. This material can be found in box 12, folders 1-2, and is directly related to Stockdale's work with the National League of POW/MIA Families.
    For itemized records within each year see the downloadable .pdf file, or the "Inventory of documents: Sybil Stockdale Archives," located in box 2. Photographs have been removed and separated to box 13, in chronological order from where they appeared in the chronological file series.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Prisoners of war
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Prisoners and prisons, North Vietnamese
    Navy spouses
    National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia