James N. McCabe photographs of Vietnam

James N. McCabe photographs of Vietnam

Dates: 1969-1970

The James N. McCabe Vietnam collection consists of photographs taken for the army in the form of black and white prints, black and white negatives, and proof sheets. Also included are military newspapers and magazines, such as The Cavalair and The First Team, in which his photographs appear. The content deals primarily with McCabe's army service as a photographer in Vietnam between September 1969 and September 1970. His work also documents his personal interest in Vietnam civilian life, primarily in the form of transparencies, with some black and white prints and negatives.

  • Extent: 3 oversize folders (0.3 linear ft.). -- 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: McCabe, James N.
  • Call Number: MSS 6217
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Photograph Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Technical Requirements
Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice. Negatives restricted for preservation purposes.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the James N. McCabe photographs of Vietnam must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 6217; James N. McCabe photographs of Vietnam; Photographic Archive; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6217, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by James N. McCabe on 17 June 2008.
Acquisition Information
Donated; James N. McCabe; 17 June 2008.
Subject Terms
United States. Army; Politics, Government, and Law; Vietnam War, 1961-1975; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Cambodia
Genre / Form
Newspapers; Photographs
Processing Information
Preliminary processed; Christianne Holbrook; 2008.
Appraisal Information
Photographic Archives; photographs.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
McCabe (James N.) photographs of Vietnam
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Christianne Holbrook
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-01-12T04:28-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

James N. McCabe (1947-) served in Vietnam and received a degree in both photography and communications from BYU.

James N. McCabe (b. 1947) worked for the First Air Cavalry Division's Publication Information Office in Vietnam from September 1969 to September 1970. He served half of his tour in Song Be at fire support base (FSB) Buttons, and the remainder in Phouc Vinh. His responsibilities included photographing military life and operations. The division published both a weekly newspaper, The Cavalair, and a quarterly magazine, The First Team. McCabe would send whatever film he shot into the lab for selection to be printed. In addition to working for the military, McCabe frequently purchased his own film and carried an additional camera so that he could take photos of personal interest-mostly Vietnamese civilians, especially children.

McCabe earned a degree in photography from BYU in 1968 and a bachelor's in Communications in 1974 (with emphasis in photography). He worked in medical photography at the University of Minnesota until 2005 and has done extensive wedding photography.

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