Recovered Memories - Project CHECO: The Air Force Experience in Vietnam

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Call for Volunteers
United States
Subject Fields: 
Archival Science, Digital Humanities, Government and Public Service, Historic Preservation, Southeast Asian History / Studies

"Project CHECO: The Air Force Experience in Vietnam" ( seeks to textually digitize a semi-curated collection of documents held at the Air Force archive. It also supports research into the correlation between demographics and crowdsourcing effectiveness.

The Air Force created Project CHECO (Contemporary Historical Examination of Current Operations) in 1962 to analyze issues of immediate concern to various echelons of the service. Over the course of fifteen years, authors completed more than 250 reports on topics that included special operations, conventional air operations, rules of engagement, training, air base defense, and many others. Arguably, the Project CHECO reports represent the single-most comprehensive collection of Air Force-produced documents detailing its activities in the Vietnam War. The vast majority of these have been declassified and approved for public release, and only the publicly-available studies are being used for this project.

For the volunteer, this is a trifecta of opportunities: A chance to learn about U.S. Air Force history in Southeast Asia from the perspective of the service itself; contribute to digital history through the textual digitization of a portion of the USAF archive (similar to efforts by NARA, LOC, and the Smithsonian); and, last but not least, help me gather data for my dissertation!

The process is simple:

1. Fill out a demographic form (individual identities will not be associated with performance).

2. Review some directions for the site.

3. Correct or transcribe a document from the Air Force archive.

4. Take a survey.

THAT'S IT! If you have any questions, please contact me at the included email address. Thanks, Dave

Contact Info: 
University of Baltimore, IID Program
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