Vietnam: Evidence of War

Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite reporting in Vietnam, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

April 1-July 31
Temporary Exhibit Gallery, Third Floor, LBJ Presidential Library
Curated by the Briscoe Center for American History

Vietnam: Evidence of War showcases the rich archival resources available at The University of Texas at Austin's Briscoe Center for American History and explores one of the most complicated, contested, and painful wars in our nation's past.

The exhibit presents a mosaic of materials that speak to how the Vietnam War and its legacy were experienced. Evidence of War reflects an impressive array of unique sources for exploring the viewpoints of soldiers and veterans, politicians and constituents, reporters and photojournalists, advocates and protesters. The exhibit also displays valuable sources for research on how the war was reflected in art, music, and popular culture. Drawn from the extensive materials housed in the Briscoe Center's archival collections, Vietnam: Evidence of War includes original photographs, artifacts, letters, publications, posters, oral history interviews, and more, many of which have never before been exhibited.

Exhibit highlights:

  • Iconic Pulitzer Prize–winning images that impacted public opinion by graphically capturing the tragedy of the war, including Eddie Adams’s "Saigon Execution," (1969) Nick Ut's "Terror of War" (1973), and a photograph of a lone GI from David Hume Kennerly's Vietnam portfolio (1972).
  • Archival material from the papers of renowned journalists Morley Safer and Walter Cronkite, whose reporting from the frontlines in Cam Ne and Hue, respectively, brought the war into the living rooms of the American public.
  • Medal of Honor that belonged to Army Master Sgt. Roy Benavidez

Note: Photography or video recording within the exhibit is prohibited.