Johanna Gostas POW/MIA papers, 1968-1973

Overview of the Collection

Gostas, Johanna.
Johanna Gostas POW/MIA papers
1968-1973 (inclusive)
4.5 cubic feet (10 boxes)
Collection Number
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
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There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Gostas, of Sheridan, Wyoming, was the Wyoming coordinator for the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia. Her husband, U.S. Army Major Theodore W. Gostas, was taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese during the Tet Offensive in February, 1968, and was released in March, 1973, following the signing of the Paris peace agreement in January, 1973. Johanna Gostas worked with national and state POW/MIA groups from 1968 to 1973, and was a National League of Families representative to a 1971 conference on prisoner of war treatment held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection contains correspondence, news releases, pamphlets, bumper stickers, newspaper clippings, and printed materials from various state and national groups related to Gostas' work on POW/MIA issues; correspondence from other POW wives and families; posters depicting Wyoming POWs; materials related to the Geneva conference; notes and drafts; and miscellaneous memorabilia.

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Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by Johanna Gostas at the date of processing.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Political activists -- Wyoming.
  • Prisoners of war -- Family relationships.
  • Prisoners of war -- United States.
  • Prisoners of war -- Vietnam.
  • Prisoners of war -- Wyoming.
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Prisoners and prisons, North Vietnamese.

Personal Names

  • Gostas, Theodore William.

Corporate Names

  • Conference of Government Experts on the Reaffirmation and Development of International Humanitarian Law Applicable in Armed Conflicts.
  • National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia.
  • Wyoming Cares POW-MIA.

Geographical Names

  • Sheridan (Wyo.) -- History.
  • Wyoming -- History -- 1946-


  • Political activists.