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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 contains thousands of examples of the portrayal of the Vietnam War in popular culture. 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. Sources include novels, poetry, films, documentaries, music, literary archives, and ephemera.  

Explore genres and collection strengths through our catalog lists:

Vietnam War Literature - Browse all works by American authors

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

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

Comic Books - Browse all graphic novels and comic magazines

Bildungsromans - Browse coming-of-age novels

Screenplays - Browse Hollywood and television scripts        


For research assistance, please contact:

John S. Baky, University Librarian Emeritus, Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts

Read the curator's essay on the content and research uses of the Imaginative Representations of the Vietnam War Collection. 

Find Archival Resources on the Vietnam War

Directory of Archival and Manuscript Collections related to the Experience of the Vietnam War

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.

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