The Imaginative Representations of the Vietnam War Collection contains thousands of examples of the portrayal of the Vietnam War in popular culture. This collection, curated by John S. Baky, is constructed with an intent to explore how explicit traumatic cultural phenomena may be interpreted through creative means. It is the largest collection of literary and creative works on the Vietnam War in the world; comprising over 20,000 books of fiction and poetry together with more than 3,500 non-print items. More than 2,000 films and videos are available; including narrative, commercial (Hollywood), pornographic, and art films, as well as documentary films and extensive TV-generated material.
The Vietnam Collection is intentionally limited to imaginative literature and the visual arts. Its range allows for systematic comparison of post-1975 presentations of the war and pre-1975 material. The Collection aims to raise questions and document the sources of developing myths about the war experience, measuring the impact of the original event by seeing how the experience is presented to the public through imaginative renderings.
Read an essay on the content and research uses of the Imaginative Representations of the Vietnam War Collection. Written by John Baky, Curator.
Read articles, conferences papers, and interviews that explore topics in the Vietnam Collection.
For research assistance, please contact:
John S. Baky, University Librarian Emeritus, Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts
Find the extensive resources available in the Imaginative Representations of the Vietnam War Collection through our catalog lists:
The aim of this directory is to record the locations of archival and manuscript collections related to the experience of the Vietnam War. The primary focus is to create a guide to the papers and writings of American veterans whose views were shaped by their wartime experiences. This directory was created by Sarah Seraphin, Special Collections Librarian for the Connelly Library, La Salle University.
Interview with artist Jane Irish. War Is Not What You Think, a collaborative exhibition between the La Salle University Art Museum and the Connelly Library ran from January 17 to March 29, 2012 in both locations.