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Terrence J. Finnegan Vietnam Memorial Bridge Collection

 Collection
Identifier: UFIN

Scope and Contents

The Terrence J. Finnegan Vietnam Memorial Bridge Collection consists of documents dated 1981 to 1995, with the bulk falling from 1989 to 1995. Materials include papers, area plans, magazines, photographic negatives, videotapes, and brochures relating to the bridge and also to other topics of Finnegan's interest.

Dates

  • 1981-1998
  • Majority of material found within 1989-1995

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Three folders are restricted due to the presence of personal financial documents.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.

Biography

Terrence J. Finnegan graduated from Colorado State University (CSU) in 1974 with a degree in History. Following graduation, Finnegan enlisted as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force USAF). His first duty assignments included NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) and Pacific Air Forces. Later assignments merged his military career with intelligence and his primary work was in intelligence which was complemented by a parallel career as a senior civil servant in the Department of Defense. While serving in London, Finnegan received his masters degree. He is now a retired Colonel in the USAF with over 40 years of service within the Department of Defense in a broad array of assignments across the globe.

Finnegan is also an author, utilizing his varied experience in his 2006 work Shooting the Front: Allied Aerial Reconnaissance and Photographic Interpretation on the Western Front: World War I. In 2015 he published A Delicate Affair on the Western Front: America Learns How to Fight a Modern War in the Woevre Trenches and has written several articles on the role of military intelligence and aviation in the First World War.

Terry Finnegan was the leader in the effort to erect the Vietnam Era Memorial Bridge at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Originally intended as a tribute to a fellow CSU alum, Bill Latch, the Memorial was expanded in concept to pay tribute to both Vietnam veterans, as exemplified by General Lewis Walt, and activists against the Vietnam War, including Latch, both alumni of CSU. The bridge was dedicated in 1992 and is the first Vietnam memorial in the United States to honor both the veterans of that era as well as those individuals who protested the government's policies.

Finnegan was married to Susan K. Finnegan, nee Schmidt, who passed away in 2019.

Extent

3.5 linear feet (1 record carton, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Terrence "Terry" Finnegan was the leader in the effort to erect the Vietnam Era Memorial Bridge at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Originally intended as a tribute to a fellow CSU alum, Bill Latch, the Memorial was expanded in concept to pay tribute to both anti-war advocates and Vietnam veterans. The bridge was dedicated in 1992 and is the first Vietnam memorial in the United States to honor both the veterans of that era as well as those individuals who protested the government's policies. The collection consists of papers and area plans related to the construction and dedication of the bridge. Two video recordings of the dedication ceremony which took place on May 13, 1992 are available online.

Arrangement

The collection consists of 3 series in 1 record carton and 1 oversize folder:

Series 1: Papers, 1981-1998 and undated

Series 2: Area plans, undated

Series 3: Videotapes, 1992 May 13

Acquisition

The Terrence J. Finnegan Vietnam Memorial Bridge Collection was acquired from Terrence J. Finnegan in June and August 2021.

Processing

Processing was completed in August 2021. The collection arrived with documents grouped together in plastic sleeves. Materials were rehoused in archival folders reflecting the contents of each sleeve and rearranged alphabetically. Oversize area plans were flattened and placed in an oversize archival folder.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Terrence J. Finnegan Vietnam Memorial Bridge Collection
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Prepared by Victoria Lopez-Terrill
Date
Copyright 2021
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2021 September 7: Accrual of videotapes added.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA
970-491-1844