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Nguyen Cao Ky papers, 1965-1987
- Nguyễn, Cao Kỳ
- Nguyen Cao Ky papers
- 1965-1987 (inclusive)19651987
- 1.40 cubic ft. (3 document boxes, 1 F-41 folder)
- Collection Number
- The Nguyen Cao Ky materials include correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, reel to reel recordings, transcripts, and other written materials. Most of these items trace the career of Nguyen Cao Ky as an important member of the South Vietnamese government and its military forces until 1966. The photographs were made to record Nguyen Cao Ky's appearance at formal occasions.
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
- Access Restrictions
There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.
- The creation of the EAD-version of this finding aid was made possible through a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
Nguyen Cao Ky was born September 9, 1930 and he fought with the French forces that opposed the Vietnamese Liberation Movement. When the country was partitioned in 1954, he joined the Vietnamese Air Force and became commander after the 1963 overthrow of Ngo Dinh Diem. Nguyen Cao Ky was one of three rulers who led South Vietnam after another coup in 1965. In 1971 he failed to win an election against incumbent President Thieu, so he returned to the Air Force. He escaped from Vietnam in 1975 and settled in the United States. Nguyen Cao Ky was a favorite with American advisors because of his strong anti-Communism.
Colonel George Budway was Commander of the Tan Son Nhut Air Base in South Vietnam from April, 1965 until May, 1966. During this time he formed a friendship with Nguyen Cao Ky, Defense Minister and future leader of South Vietnam. Colonel Budway and journalist Charles J. V. Murphy collaborated with Nguyen Cao Ky in conducting a number of interviews in which all three participated in covering various aspects of Nguyen Cao Ky’s life and his participation in the South Vietnamese government and its defense forces until 1966.
Charles J. V. Murphy planned to write a book on Nguyen Cao Ky during 1967-1968, but he abandoned the project. Mr. Murphy was a journalist who frequently contributed to Time and Fortune magazines while publishing books on Richard Byrd, James Forrestal and the Windsor family. He was a close friend of fellow Yale graduates, Henry Luce, Allen Dulles, James Angleton, and Frank Whisner, who were important in the founding of the Central Intelligence Agency. His CIA activities included writing stories for the agency during the Allende period in Chile. Murphy and Budway maintained a correspondence between 1967 and 1984.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The Nguyen Cao Ky papers include correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, reel to reel recordings, transcripts, and other written materials. Most of these items trace the career of Nguyen Cao Ky as an important member of the South Vietnamese government and its military forces until 1966. The photographs were made to record Nguyen Cao Ky’s appearance at formal occasions.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Nguyen Cao Ky papers, 1965-1987, Collection Number 00890, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
There are no other known archival collections created by Nguyen Cao Ky at the date of processing.
The Nguyen Cao Ky papers were given to the American Heritage Center by George Budway in two shipments in 1986 and one shipment in 1987. The papers and artifacts were received in good condition and partial order.
The collection was processed by John Hanks in February 2001. The materials have been arranged by author and type, chronologically within series. Original folder titles have been maintained where possible.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series I.: Correspondence, 1968-1987Return to Top
Charles J. V. Murphy’s letters to Budway arranged chronologically and focusing on mutual career and political concerns.
Colonel George Budway and Charles J. V. Murphy
Series II.: Manuscripts, 1966-1967Return to Top
Charles J. V. Murphy’s material arranged alphabetically containing transcripts of Nguyen Cao Ky speeches and taped interviews.
Speeches, Statements – Nguyen Cao Ky
Transcripts - Nguyen Cao Ky, Dalat Luncheon
Transcripts – Nguyen Cao Ky, Interviews by C. J. Murphy
Transcripts – Nguyen Ngoc Linh and C. J. Murphy
Transcripts – Nguyen Ngoc Linh, ARVN Account
Series III.: Pamphlets, 1965-1967Return to Top
South Vietnam information for popular consumption and a Fortune magazine article about the King ranch in Texas.
Pamphlets – Vietnam Subjects, Fortune article on the King Ranch
Series IV.: Photographs, circa 1965-1967Return to Top
Nguyen Cao Ky at official functions.
Nguyen Cao Ky, Richard M. Nixon, and others
Series V.: Reports, circa 1966-1967Return to Top
Official documents arranged alphabetically and covering South Vietnamese industry, finance, land reform, development, and veterans.
South Vietnam – Crafts and Industry
South Vietnam – Finance
South Vietnam – Land Reform
South Vietnam – Revolutionary Development
South Vietnam – Veterans and Widows
Republic of Vietnam – War Cabinet
Series VI.: Reel to Reel Tapes, circa 1967Return to Top
Interviews of Nguyen Cao Ky including his biography, opinions etc. for a book to be written by Charles J. V. Murphy.
5” Reel to Reel Taped Interview with Nguyen Cao Ky
9 3” tapes of Nguyen Cao Ky Interview
10 3” tapes of Nguyen Cao Ky Interview
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
- Nguyen, Ngoc Linh.
- Vietnam (Republic). Khong quan.
- Vietnam (Republic). Quan luc.
- Vietnam(Republic). President (1967-1975 : Nguyen Van Thieu).
- Vietnam (Republic).
Form or Genre Terms
- Budway, George.
- Murphy, Charles John Vincent, 1904-