MS - 054: The Papers of David Hedrick on the Stephen H. Warner Exhibit
Processed by: Keith Swaney '04
Scope and Content Notes:
The Papers of David Hedrick on the Stephen H. Warner Exhibit consist of four boxes of processed papers and thirteen boxes of exhibit materials (currently on display in Musselman Library). Researchers will discover this collection to be complementary to, yet distinct from the Stephen H. Warner Southeast Asia Photograph Collection. For instance, one will find correspondence between Warner's mother and Curator David Hedrick; however, the letters focus on the memory of Steve portrayed in the exhibit, "Stephen H. Warner 1946-1971: Words and Pictures from the Vietnam War." In addition to correspondence, one will discover rich sources that discuss the layout, proposals, and efficacy of the Stephen Warner Exhibit. Numerous photographs and the actual exhibit materials provide the researcher with excellent imagery and allow him or her to better understand Warner's experiences in Vietnam.
The collection consists of six series: I. Warner Exhibit Planning and Evaluation; II. Correspondence; III. Exhibit Public Relations; IV. Exhibit Planning Materials; V. Miscellaneous Publications; VI. Oversize Materials; and VII. The Exhibit.
Series I--Warner Exhibit Planning & Evaluation
The items in this series of the collection document how the exhibit architects envisioned and evaluated the Warner project. Preliminary and final drafts of the exhibit proposal; detailed descriptions and brochures about Stephen Warner and the exhibit; and viewer feedback forms are some of the notable documents. Additionally, one can investigate the files on the Pennsylvania Humanities Council mini-grant, for which Hedrick and his staff applied and subsequently received.
The Papers of David Hedrick on the Stephen H. Warner Exhibit contains much original and photocopied correspondence. Some of the collection's correspondence, such as the letters to and from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, are not located in this series, but can be found in more specific subject files. Series II contains Hedrick's correspondence with Ann Kessler, the individual who transcribed many of Warner's notebooks and letters, as well as two files entitled "Exhibit Correspondence." Like the other correspondence files, the letters in these folders have been arranged chronologically and document various aspects of the exhibit-planning, funding, publicity. Other letters discuss individuals' reactions to the exhibit. The final part of the series consists of miscellaneous correspondence, including letters about the Gettysburg College alumni killed in Vietnam as well as the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Series III--Exhibit Public Relations
Series III consists of newspaper clippings, press releases, and other articles about the Stephen H. Warner Exhibit. The first subject file contains a table of contents page that lists the titles of these materials. They document the exhibit while it was at Gettysburg College, the Smithsonian Institution, and Southwest Virginia Community College. Most of the items in this series are photocopies. Articles have been arranged-whenever a date is provided-in chronological order.
Series IV-- Exhibit Planning Materials
This series of the collection consists of materials that David Hedrick and his staff used to design the exhibit. Researchers will discover original photographs, negatives, photocopies of photographs, and even a rubbing of Stephen Warner's name from the Vietnam War Memorial. One should consult the oversize series to find exhibit labels and other exhibit materials too large for a standard manuscript box.
Series V--Miscellaneous Publications
Series V is the home for the publications that did not correspond to the other series in the collection. They consist of three main types: publications written by Stephen Warner while at Gettysburg College; articles about press coverage and the role of the press in the Vietnam War; and publications about the Vietnam War in general, including The Northern Log. An article from the Record of Hampden-Sydney College is an excellent source about the Vietnam War and how veterans remember it. Most of the documents are photocopied and have been arranged in chronological order.
Series VI--Oversize Materials
All materials that were too large for standard size manuscript boxes are located in an oversize box. See the inventory for the items in this series.
Series VII--The Exhibit
The Stephen H. Warner Exhibit contains 47 photograph panels and 26 text panels (currently on display in Musselman Library). In addition, there is a large map of Vietnam.
Related Collections: In addition to this inventory, researchers should consult the Special Collections subject guide on the Vietnam War for other, pertinent sources. When these papers were arranged, described, and conserved, some materials became Vertical File Manuscripts or separate Manuscript Collections. One should consult the indices to these sources to locate vertical file manuscripts on Colonel Alfred J. Mock (VFM-209), Senior Information Officer and Warner's commander (An Oral History conducted by David Hedrick and Professor Michael Birkner is an excellent source as well and is located in the Oral History Collection); the Warner Committee, formed at Gettysburg College under Professor John Roger Stemen's leadership (MS-052); as well as correspondence and other documents about conscientious objection sent from Stephen Warner to Professor Stemen (VFM-208).
Additionally, a small manuscript collection (MS-051) was created from the letters of Richard Moore to his wife, Claire Moore (September 1969-July 1971). They cover the experiences of correspondent Moore during his service in Vietnam. Finally, the Stephen H. Warner Southeast Asia Photograph Collection (MS-044) offers a plethora of primary materials--notebooks, army publications, and other manuscripts--to the researcher.
For more information on the Stephen Warner exhibit and a view of some of his photographs, see "Stephen H. Warner, 1946-1971: Words and Pictures from the Vietnam War."