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The primary purpose of the Imaginative Representations of the Vietnam War Collection at La Salle is to provide a body of evidence that demonstrates how the perceptions and creative interpretations of the Vietnam War, and the highly volatile era in which it took place, continue to evolve after the war ended. The Vietnam War and its aftermath remain strong influences on the way in which our popular culture is viewed by Americans and non–Americans alike.

As such, the Collection focuses specifically on works of fictive expression and multimedia formats, with more than 18,000 items, including (but in no way limited to) novels, short stories, poetry, music, screenplays, graphic art, films, sound recordings, posters, prints, video and board games, as well as literary and visual pornography.

A comprehensive Vietnam War Filmography has been developed by John McAskill, Head of Technical Services.

While the Collection mainly consists of material produced after 1975, it still contains nearly every earlier title that appears in the 3rd edition of John Newman’s Vietnam War Literature. With this range, one can use hundreds of examples to systematically compare how the post-1975 presentations and perceptions of war differ from pre-1975 material. Also, it is possible to both question 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. More globally, serious scholarly inquiry can be conducted concerning the elusive distinction between fictional narrative and autobiographical perception.

For more information, download the full essay on the collection.

Explore the Vietnam Collection digitally:

  • RESEARCH BASED ON THE COLLECTION
    Collection of essays by Special Collections curator John Baky and other researchers who have used our collection.

  • UNITE AGAINST THE WAR
    Digtized poster portfolio of an exhibition of anti-war posters exhibited in 1970 at University of California, Berkeley.

  • BUTTONS OF THE ERA
    By using rollovers and text, images of buttons from the 1960s tell the story of significant events in the turbulent era.

  • READ THE VIETNAM GENERATION JOURNAL
    The journal of record of Vietnam War studies, published from 1988 - 1996

  • ARTWORK BY VIETNAM VETERAN RICK MCARTY

  • VIETNAM ON RECORD


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