During its time, the Vietnam War was the most-photographed conflict to date. Compact, reasonably priced, and simple-to-use modern camera equipment allowed service members to record day-to-day existence in the conflict zone. Civilian photojournalists and official service photographers augmented amateur initiatives, providing an extensive record of nearly every aspect of the war. Some of NHHC's holdings from both personal and official sources are listed below. These living collections will be augmented as additional photographs are digitized. The NHHC Photography Collection may also be searched for Vietnam imagery.
The NHHC collection of combat art provides a similar varied record of the war. The subjects range from the mundane over the humorous to the tragic, covering the gamut of service and individual experience.