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IV. Collections in the United States


Many links on this page will direct researchers to the broad subject of the Vietnam War within individual library catalogs. Collections are listed by region here to suggest potential starting places for more in-depth catalog searches. Researchers are encouraged to narrow searches by author, title, or subject heading to filter results. For subject heading suggestions and searching tips refer to the Research and Methodology page on this site.

Major Collections


The Center’s mission is “to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play a significant part in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theater, film, television, and political and religious movements.” It is home to several manuscript collections of prominent Vietnam War authors.

Colorado State University, Vietnam War Literature Collection

"Created in 1975, the Vietnam War Literature Collection contains imaginative accounts of Americans fighting in Vietnam. Included are fiction, plays, poetry, artists' sketches and miscellaneous works. A number of works in the collection were issued by vanity presses, printed in short-lived journals or not published at all. Historical, political and autobiographical accounts as well as protest literature set outside the time or place of the Vietnam War are excluded."

“Supplementing the holdings of the Echols Collection on Southeast Asia, the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections contains substantial manuscript collections. Because of Cornell's predominance in Southeast Asian area studies, the Division has significant holdings relating to Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Burma… Since 1982 the Division has collected papers of Vietnam War veterans.”

“The Imaginative Representations of the Vietnam War Collection at La Salle University contains thousands of examples of the portrayal of the Vietnam War in popular culture. This collection 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.”

“The archives of the Michigan State University Vietnam Advisory Group (MSUG) itself as well as related personal paper collections and library holdings—contain unique materials that shed valuable light on South Vietnam at a critical moment in that nation’s history.”

“The mission of the Swarthmore College Peace Collection (SCPC) is to gather, preserve, and make accessible material that documents non-governmental efforts for nonviolent social change, disarmament, and conflict resolution between peoples and nations.” The SCPC preserves extensive records of groups opposed to the US involvement in Vietnam.

“The Vietnam Center and Archive collects and preserves the documentary record of the Vietnam War, and supports and encourages research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam Experience.”

“Archives and Special Collections has curatorial responsibility for the material acquired by the Joiner Institute as part of its mission to study the effects of the Vietnam War on our society. The collections of archives, manuscripts, photographs, and videos primarily explore veterans' issues and experiences.”

“The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) makes available contemporary and historical materials related to strategic leadership, the global application of Landpower, and U.S. Army Heritage to inform research, educate an international audience, and honor Soldiers, past and present.”

“The Reuther Library is the largest labor archives in North America and is home to the collections of numerous unions and labor-related organizations. Its collection strengths extend to the political and community life of urban and metropolitan Detroit, the civil rights movement in Michigan and nationally, and women's struggles in the workplace.”  

The “largest North American Heritage collection next to the Library of Congress,” the Wisconsin Historical Society holds hundreds of archival records relating to the history and the experience of the Vietnam War, as well as extensive records of American anti-war organizations.  

“The Wisconsin Veterans Museum (WVM) is dedicated to preserving the memory of Wisconsin men and women who have participated in America’s military conflicts, from the Civil War through the present.  The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center contains published materials including books, periodicals, newsletters, maps, and audio visual items as well as unpublished archival materials including letters, diaries, photographs, and scrapbooks that document the service and sacrifice of Wisconsin’s citizen-soldiers in all wars."

Institutions by Region


AL - AR

Alabama

 Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas


CA- CT

California

Colorado

Connecticut

DE - GA

Delaware

Georgia

ID - IA

Idaho

Boise State University Archives

Indiana

Iowa

KS - LA

Kansas

Kentucky

ME - MT

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Boston, Joseph P. Healey Library, William Joiner Center

Resources at the Five Colleges [Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, UMass Amherst]

 Michigan

 Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

NE - ND

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota


OH - PA

Ohio

Oregon

Pennsylvania


RI - SD

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

TE - TX

Tennessee

Texas

UT - VA 

Utah

Vermont

Virginia 

WA - WY



National Collections


Washington, DC 

Library of Congress, American Folklife Center, Veterans History Project

College Park, Maryland (records centers nationwide)

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)


Presidential Libraries


Boston, Massachusetts 

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum 

Austin, Texas

The Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum 

Yorba Linda, California

The Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum