The Imaginative Representations of the Vietnam War Collection is housed in the Department of Special Collections in the Connelly Library. 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 2,000 films and documentaries, and over 1,000 non-print items including music and artwork.
The Vietnam Collection has been growing for over twenty-five years under the direction of John S. Baky, Curator of Special Collections and Director of Libraries.
Strengths of the Collection include:
Films and documentaries
Protest poetry and literature
Music and the Vietnam War
Magazines and newspapers from the era
Printed ephemera, posters and realia
For research assistance please contact:
John S. Baky, Director of Library Services and Curator of Special Collections
The Department of Special Collections houses rare and valuable material in closed stacks.
Materials do not circulate according to the normal rules of the Connelly Library.
Certain materials may on exception be loaned.
For more information on borrowing, or to schedule a visit please contact:
Sarah Seraphin, Special Collections Librarian
Monday through Thursday:
Uses archival footage and interviews with activists involved to trace the history of Students for a Democratic Society through the 1960's. Growing out of student involvement with the black civil rights movement in the South, SDS grew quickly with the escalation of the war in Vietnam.
La Salle's Connelly Library is a proud member of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL). Our world-class collection of material related to the the Vietnam War is uniquely focused on creative works. The Vietnam Collection contains many interesting examples of such works created during the Vietnam War era (1961-1975). These materials afford us the opportunity to examine that primary source material in relation to the larger body of literature, music, and artwork that was created after that time period. Thus, the mission of our special collection here at La Salle, is not to document the entire history of the Vietnam War, or the events of the 1960s. Researchers seeking historic material related to the topics that this exhibit explores may wish to contact one of our partner libraries in the Philadelphia region. A few of these local libraries are detailed below...
“These rich collections, dating up through the late 20th century, have both a regional and national scope. They document the greater Philadelphia area, national figures and organizations, as well as individuals and associations that had a nationwide impact. The experiences of diverse segments of society, including African Americans, women, and various ethnic and immigrant groups, are well represented.” ~ HSP website
“The mission of the 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.” ~ SCPC website
“Established in 1967, Temple University’s Urban Archives document the social, economic, political, and physical development of the greater Philadelphia region throughout the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.” ~ Temple University website