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2017-11-09

Vietnam interviews & artifacts at Texas Tech

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“Preserving the Past For a Better Future” is the mission of the Vietnam Center and Archive (VNCA) at Texas Tech University. Since its founding in 1989 by a group of Lubbock area veterans, the Archive has collected, preserved and made available to the public documents, photographs, and other artifacts related to the Vietnam War. Currently, they have more than 2,000 collections and more than 10 million pages of documentation in its manuscript collection. There are more than 1,500 maps and over 100,000 photos and slides related to America’s involvement in Vietnam. This is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive collection of information on the Vietnam War.
“All the sacrifices made during this period were significant and the individual collections and recollections of the men and women who participated in this event are equally important,” said Dr. Kelly Crager, the Head of the Oral History Project at the Center. There are several ways to participate: 1) Visit the site on the Texas Tech campus; 2) Donate a single item or hundreds of boxes of disorganized materials; 3) Virtually visit materials online; 4) Contribute your oral history and be provided a copy; and 4) share this opportunity with other Vietnam veterans.
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, the directors of The Vietnam War, provided their endorsement of the Texas Tech facility: “Research and historic preservation are integral to everything we do at Florentine Films. We are proud to have worked closely with the outstanding staff and resources available at the Vietnam Center and Archive for our documentary film, The Vietnam War.” Any materials that relate to service during the Vietnam War are welcomed and needed.
It is easy to connect via telephone, e-mail, website and Facebook – and Lubbock is a 5-hour drive from Bandera. Once personal documents (letters, diaries, military records, photographs, film), artifacts (uniforms, equipment, weapons, vehicles, aircraft), newspapers/magazines are gone, they cannot be replaced. Call 1-833-862-2688 or send e-mail to www.vietnamlegacy@ttu.edu to get started. The website is easy to follow and also shows upcoming events, special projects and even resources for teachers.
Everyone is invited to participate as we continue to collect and preserve this important history. Do not let the next generation miss out on learning about this critical time in our nation’s history and our military heritage.