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Department of Special Collections

The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War in Popular Culture

Vietnam television

The Imaginative Representations of the Vietnam War Collection–the largest of its kind in the world–provides a body of evidence demonstrating how creative interpretations of the Vietnam War, and the highly volatile era in which it took place, continue to evolve and influence perceptions of American popular culture. The Collection focuses on works of fictive and documentary expression; sources include novels, poetry, literary and publisher archives, artwork, films, music, and ephemera.

Read an essay on the content and research uses of the Imaginative Representations of the Vietnam War Collection. 

Find Archival Resources on the Vietnam War

Literary Archives at La Salle

La Salle University's Special Collections holds the literary archives of prominent Vietnam War writers, including:


D. F. Brown (collection currently being processed)

W. D. Ehrhart

Wayne Karlin (collection finding aid in progress)

Richard Levine 

Doug Rawlings


If you would like to access these literary archives, please email Special Collections Librarian, Dr. Heather Willever-Farr (


Small Press Archives at La Salle

First Casualty Press Archives 

Material relating to three important anthologies edited by Jan Barry:  "Winning hearts and minds : war poems by Vietnam Veterans" (1972) / edited by Larry Rottmann, Jan Barry, and Basil T. Paquet; "Demilitarized zones : veterans after Vietnam" (1976) / edited by Jan Barry and W.D. Ehrhart; and "Peace is our profession : poems and passages of war protest" (1981) / edited by Jan Barry. 

Archives of the Viet Nam Generation journal (1988-1998) with material from its allied newsletter (1988-1992) and the Burning Cities Press. 

Explore Film and Literary Works on the Vietnam War

Vietnam War Nursing Literature - Browse all works

Vietnam War Poetry - Browse all poetic works 

Vietnam War Films - Browse motion pictures 

Vietnam War Television - Browse made-for-TV movies and television series

Vietnam War Documentaries - Browse documentaries and topical works

Vietnam War Woman Authors - Browse works by women authors

Vietnam War Juvenile Works - Browse works on the Vietnam War written for young adults

Vietnam War Comic Books - Browse all graphic novels and comic magazines

Vietnam War Bildungsromans - Browse coming-of-age novels

Vietnam War Screenplays - Browse Hollywood and television scripts that are about the war or feature characters that served in war        

Scholarly Use of Vietnam Collection

Many scholars have leveraged material from the Imaginative Representations of the Vietnam War Collection for their books.  Below is a partial list of these books. 


Vietnam Collections Beyond La Salle

Directory of Collections related to the Experience of the Vietnam War

The aim of this directory is to assist researchers in locating archival and manuscript collections related to the experience of the Vietnam War in repositories across the world. 

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