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James N. McCabe photographs of Vietnam

Identifier: MSS 6217

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of photographs taken by McCabe for the army during the Vietman War. 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. Materials dated 1969 to 1970.


  • 1969-1970


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice. Negatives restricted for preservation purposes.

Conditions Governing 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.

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.


4 boxes (2 linear ft.)

4 oversize folders (0.4 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by James N. McCabe on June 17, 2008.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; James N. McCabe; June 17, 2008.


Photographic Archives; photographs.

Processing Information

Preliminary processed; Christianne Holbrook; 2008. Revised; Nathanael Burroughs; Manuscript Processing Specialist; 2019.

Register of James N. McCabe photographs of Vietnam
Christianne Holbrook
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States