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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA MF 813-824
PARIS PEACE TALKS ON VIETNAM: Transcripts and Files, 1968- 1973
1968-1973, 1982
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
12 reels


Name of creator(s)

US Department of State, based on official documents from political and military representatives of the United States, the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), the Vietnamese National Liberation Army (

Administrative / Biographical history

In Apr 1968 political and military representatives from the United States, South Vietnam and North Vietnam began negotiations in Paris, France, to end the Vietnam War. Two months later, the talks were stalled over the inclusion of representatives from the Vietnamese National Liberation Front (Viet Cong), considered by the US an illegitimate political entity. In 1969, US Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (later US Secretary of State), Dr Henry Alfred Kissinger, once again began conversations with North Vietnamese officials. Backed by intensive US bombing of North Vietnam, and particularly its capital city Hanoi, Kissinger eventually persuaded North Vietnamese officials to negotiate the terms of a cease-fire. Throughout the lengthy negotiations, representatives from all sides sought what they considered an precipitous escape from the war. Finally, in 1972 Deputy Assistant to the President, Gen Alexander Meigs Haig Jr, met with South Vietnamese president Nguyen Van Thieu to discuss the final terms of 'Vietnamization', the process by which the American military presence in South Vietnam would be replaced with troops from the Republic of Vietnam. Also, the Viet Cong military adviser, Le Duc Tho, completed talks with Kissinger relating to the terms of a general cease-fire. On 27 Jan 1973, five years after the commencement of negotiations, a permanent cease-fire was signed between representatives from North Vietnam, the Viet Cong, South Vietnam, and the United States. Transcripts and Files of the Paris Peace Talks on Vietnam, 1968-1973 are the official transcripts of the Paris Peace Talks between political and military officials from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, the Viet Cong and the United States, 31 Mar 1968-26 Feb 1973.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

University Publications of America, Inc., Bethesda, MD, with fully indexed guide edited by Paul Kesarsis and compiled by Kenneth Schlessinger.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Transcripts and Files of the Paris Peace Talks on Vietnam, 1968-1973 are microfilmed copies of the official transcripts of the Paris Peace Talks between political and military representatives from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), the Vietnamese National Liberation Army (Viet Cong), the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), and the United States, and accompanying files relating to the Vietnam War, 1968-1973. Transcripts include copies of the minutes of the Official Conversations between North Vietnamese and US delegates, 13 May 1968-30 Oct 1968 and the Plenary Sessions, 25 Jan 1969-18 Jan 1973. Collection also includes North Vietnamese communiqués relating to alleged American war crimes; North Vietnamese propaganda; official reports from the Viet Cong, including statement on the massacre at Ba-Lang-An, 8 Apr 1969; address before the International Conference on Vietnam by US Secretary of State Dr Henry Albert Kissinger, relating to the cease-fire, 26 Feb 1973.

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically into the following sections: 31 Mar 1968-25 Sep 1968 (MF 813); 2 Oct 1968-27 Mar 1969 (MF 814); 27 Mar 1969-3 July 1968 (MF 815); 10 Jul 1969-14 Oct 1969 (MF 816); 16 Oct 1969-22 Jan 1970 (MF 817); 29 Jan 1970-21 May 1970 (MF 818); 28 May 1970-8 Oct 1970 (MF 819); 15 Oct 1970-25 Feb 1971 (MF 820); 4 Mar 1971-12 Aug 1971 (MF 821); 19 Aug 1971-24 Feb 1972 (MF 822); 16 Mar 1972-31 Aug 1972 (MF 823); 7 Sep 1972-18 Jan 1973 (MF 824)

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Enquiries concerning the copyright of the original material should be addressed to University Publications of America, Inc., 4520 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD, 20814-3389, USA

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room, Paul Kesaris and Kenneth Schlesinger (eds.), Transcripts and Files of the Paris Peace Talks on Vietnam, 1968-1973 (University Publications of America, Inc, Bethesda, MD, 1982).

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives



Compiled Jun 1999

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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  • Air warfare
  • Collectivism
  • Communication process
  • Communism
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign relations
  • Humanitarian law
  • International conflicts
  • International instruments
  • International law
  • International relations
  • Military engineering
  • Persuasion
  • Political doctrines
  • Propaganda
  • Vietnam War (1945-1975)
  • War
  • War crimes
  • War propaganda
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)

Personal names

  • Kissinger, Henry Alfred, b 1923, US Secretary of State

Corporate names

  • Vietnamese National Liberation Army


  • Hanoi, Hà So'n Bình, Tinh, Viet Nam, South East Asia
  • Paris, France

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