Gordon Ward Gahan Collection

Selected Bibliography & Resources

Archival Sources


Fine Arts Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Gordon Ward Gahan photographs and papers, 1950–1984

United Press International collection and Bettmann Archive, Corbis Film Preservation Facility, Boyers, Pennsylvania

Corbis Images

Photographic Archives


National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, and regional locations
Primary records repository in the United States; holdings include military service records, photographs and film, maps, plans, morning reports, unit rosters, daily journals, special and operational reports, and other records pertaining to US activities in Vietnam.

Vietnam Center and Archive (VNCA), Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Documents, photographs, moving images, sound recordings, and other materials relating to all aspects of the American Vietnam experience.

Gordon Ward Gahan Army Publications


SP4 John J. Prokorym and SP4 Gordon W. Gahan, “Operating 57th Med ‘Flying Ambulance’: Dustoff Chopper Crew Performs Emergency Evacuations,” Army Reporter (October 14, 1967): 8–9.

SP4 Gordon Gahan, “… Meanwhile Back in the Jungle,” Army Digest 22/12 (December 1967): 68–69.

SP5 Robert Craig and SP5 Gordon W. Gahan, “Hill 882 Dak To, Vietnam,” Army Digest 23/3 (March 1968): 8–12.

“Long Binh Post,” Army Digest 23/4 (April 1968): 48–49 [uncredited].

SP4 Richard Cheverton and SP5 Gordon Gahan, “Artillery Speaks—With Power and Precision,” Army Digest 23/7 (July 1968): 36–41.

SP5 Gordon W. Gahan, “It’s Something of a Hang Up,” Army Digest 23/9 (September 1968): 62–63.

United Press International and Photojournalism in the United States


Carlebach, Michael. American Photojournalism Comes of Age. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997.

Carlebach, Michael. The Origins of Photojournalism in America. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992.

Cookman, Claude Hubert. American Photojournalism: Motivations and Meanings. Evanston, IL: Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University Press, 2009.

Fulton, Marianne, ed. Eyes of Time: Photojournalism in America. Boston: Little Brown, with the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, 1988.

Hannigan, William, and Ken Johnston. Picture Machine: The Rise of American Newspictures. New York: Harry Abrams, 2004.

Harnett, Richard M. Wirespeak: Codes and Jargon of the News Business. San Mateo, CA: Shorebird Press, 1997.

Harnett, Richard M., and Billy G. Ferguson. Unipress: The United Press International Covering the 20th Century. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing, 2003.

Haynes, Gary. Picture This!: The Inside Story and Classic Photos of UPI Newspictures. New York: Bulfinch Press, 2006.

Morris, J. A. Deadline Every Minute: The Story of the United Press. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1957.

Combat Photography and Photography in Vietnam*


Andrews, Owen. Vietnam: Images from Combat Photographers. Washington, DC: Starwood Publishing, 1991.

Burrows, Larry. Vietnam. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.

Goldstein, Donald. The Vietnam War: The Story and Photographs. Washington, DC: Brassey’s, 1997.

Howe, Peter. Shooting under Fire: The World of the War Photographer. New York: Artisan, 2002.

Lewinski, Jorge. The Camera at War: A History of War Photography from 1848 to the Present Day. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1978.

Meyerson, Joel D. Images of a Lengthy War: The United States Army in Vietnam. Washington, DC: Center of Military History, 1986.

Mills, Nick. Combat Photographer. The Vietnam Experience. Boston, MA: Boston Publishing Co., 1983.

Moeller, Susan. Shooting War: Photography and the American Experience of Combat. New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1989.

Moyes, Norman. American Combat Photography: From the Civil War to the Gulf War. New York: Metro Books, 2001.

*More extensive bibliographies on the vast textual, pictorial, and cinematic output related to the Vietnam War are available online. One, created by emeritus professor of history Richard Jensen, is accessible on the University of Illinois at Chicago site; another, compiled by professor of military history Edwin Moïse, is available on the Clemson University site.