Dear Ms. Dang,
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We are unaware of a comprehensive list or database of U.S. leases of properties in Saigon. If records related to military and government leases were considered permanent and were accessioned into the National Archives, they would likely be found in multiple record groups depending on which branch of the military or which federal agency was responsible for the lease.
For example, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Supplemental Classified Records, 1950-1955 in the Records of the Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State (Record Group 84) that includes some information about properties acquired by the U.S. government in Saigon. The series Country and Subject Files, 1951-1982 in the General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59) also may be helpful for your research. Plus, we located seven series of Project Decimal Files or Secret Project Decimal Files in the Records of the Army Staff (Record Group 319) that contain information about U.S. military leases in different countries. These records have not been digitized. For assistance with or access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
In addition, we located the series Newsletters, 11/1951 - 10/1960 in the Records of U.S. Foreign Assistance Agencies (Record Group 469) that includes four digitized editions of "The Shield" with articles related to Saigon and leases. These digitized records may be viewed via the Catalog. If you have any questions about them, please contact RDT2.
Finally, we located four series titled Base Property Lease Control Case Files, 1970-1972, Organizational Planning Files, 1969-1970, Reading Files, 1973-1975, and General Records, 1/1968-12/1968 in the Records of the U.S. Forces in Southeast Asia (Record Group 472) that all contain some information about leases in Saigon and/or Vietnam during the 1960s and 1970s. Please contact RDT2 for assistance with these records as well.
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We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Thank you Rachael for your detailed guidance! I will definitely begin with these sources.
I have a copy of buildings used in Saigon by the US Military but much later in 1967-68 time frame. If you want i can scan and send it to you.
Thank you so much Susan! I don't believe the buildings I am focusing on were built or leased during those timeframes. But thank you for your help and please take care!