Guide to the Records of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee, 1989-1995

By Samara Rhett

November 2010

Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University

Finding aid encoded in EAD, version 2002 by Catherine Carey, October 2011

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rutgers College Class of 1965
Title: Guide to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee
Dates: 1989-1995
Quantity: .5 cubic feet (1 Legal Manuscript Box)
Collection No.: R-MC 110
Language: English
Repository: Rutgers Special Collections and University Archives

Historical Note

On December 4th, 1989, the Rutgers College Class of ’65 launched a competition seeking proposals for the design of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial, intended as a class gift. The monument honors Rutgers students who lost their lives or were missing in action during the Vietnam War.

The memorial, located near Scott Hall at the corner of College Avenue and Hamilton Street, was designed by architect R. Allen Christianson. The result of his design is a polished black granite wall with seventeen slotted, triangular projections and a sand blasted map of Vietnam. There are sixteen names of Rutgers alumni, along with their date of graduation, engraved into each slab of granite. Each triangular wedge is lit up by the rising sun each morning, until they are all illuminated together at noon.

This collection is comprised of correspondence reflecting the efforts of Howard McGinn, class president and project chairman, and the alumni of Rutgers College Class of 1965, to raise the funds necessary to complete the monument. Also included in the collection are project invoices, blueprints, class accounts, press releases for the inauguration and unveiling, and newspaper clippings.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection is mostly comprised of correspondence concerning the funding and construction of the monument. Also included are project invoices, blueprints, class accounts, press releases for the memorial’s inauguration and unveiling, as well as newspaper clippings.

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Arrangement Note

The collection is housed in one legal sized manuscript box containing nine folders. The collection was originally organized chronologically in one large folder. It is now divided into nine folders by subject, but folders have been kept in chronological order where possible. The contents of each folder are also arranged chronologically.

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Name and Subject Tracings

Personal Names

Brague, Edwin S.
Brauner, Henry P.
Chenis, Mark C.
Christianson, R. Allen
Ehrlich, Dennis M.
Gundaker, Frank J.
Herold, Richard W.
Herrold, Ned R.
Hoare, Thomas J.
Kissam, Edward K.
Knapp, Herman L.
Lang, Charles V.
Lawrence, Bruce E.
MacManus, Colin D.
Mascari, Philip
Matyas, Andrew
McGinn, Howard
Polonko Jr., Joseph J.
Suarez, Sharyn V.

Corporate Names

Cold Spring Granite Company--Fabricator
Epic, Inc.--Contractor
F. F. Phillips, Inc.--Contractor
John Tavernese--Contractor
Joseph A. Natoli Construction Corporation--Contractor)
Lehrer McGovern Bovis--Contractor
R. Allen Christianson--Architect
Speranza Brickwork--Contractor
Torsilieri, Inc.--Contractor


Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Monuments

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Guide to the Records of the Rutgers University Vietnam Veterans Memorial (R-MC 110), Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.

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Container List

Box Folder
1 1 Competition Information
2 Correspondence – Fundraising
3 Correspondence – Class accounts, donations, public relations
4 Correspondence – Construction of memorial
5 Project blueprints
6 Ceremony, Groundbreaking, Dedication
7 Correspondence – Responses to memorial
8 Correspondence – Addition of names to memorial
9 Newspaper clippings
10 Project blueprints