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Vietnam Women's Memorial Project, Inc. collection

Identifier: L548

Scope and Contents

The collection contains records pertaining to the Vietnam Women's Memorial Project, Inc., ranging from 1968 to 2007. There are correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, financial records, and materials concerning public relations, fundraising, and volunteer activities. Most of the materials concerns Theodora Brown and her work, especially as Indiana state coordinator, including daily journals, newspaper clippings, brochures, photographs, and four posters related to the project and other groups honoring veterans from other wars. There are also correspondence, papers, and employment information from her brief period as executive director in 1989.

There is also an oversize folder containing undated, double-sided poster (2 copies) and a photocopy of a newspaper article, May 25, 1986 (OBD037).


  • 1968-2007


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

Vietnam Women’s Memorial Project, Inc. (VWMP) began in Minnesota, founded by Diane Carlson Evans, a former army nurse and Vietnam veteran, as a grassroots fundraising project in 1984. The purpose of the venture was to finance the construction of a monument commemorating nurses who served in the Vietnam War. The goal of the organization was to place the memorial near the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial in Washington, D.C. in order to educate the public about women who served in the war.

The organization moved from Minnesota to new headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 1988. Evans served as the first executive director of the organization. She was followed by other servicewomen and registered nurses, Donna-Marie Boulay, Evangeline Jamison, Theodora "Teddy" Brown, and more.

The Vietnam Women's Memorial was dedicated on November 11, 1993. Sculpted by Glenna Goodacre, it depicts three uniformed women with a wounded soldier, representing women's roles in the war as nurses, physicians, intelligence officers, communication specialists, and air traffic controllers. The memorial is ocated in the National Mall, south of The Wall and north of the Reflecting Pool, in Washington, D.C.

In 2023, the organization still exists, renamed the Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation.


Items in the collection.

Loose, Cindy. “‘Our Place for the Healing': Vietnam Women’s Memorial Dedicated Amid Tears, Hugs.” Washington Post, November 12, 1993. Accessed October 26, 2023.

National Park Service. "Vietnam Women's Memorial." Accessed October 26, 2023.

Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation. "Message from the Founder." Accessed October 26, 2023.

Wikipedia. "Vietnam Women's Memorial." Accessed October 26, 2023.


1.1 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes, 1 extra-large oversize folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Theodora Brown in 2007/01.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2007/12 by Alison Smith. EAD finding aid created 2007/12 by Alison Smith. Collection reprocessed 2023/10/31 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid revised 2020/09/04; 2022/11/16; 2023/10/31 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.