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Kelly E. Crager is Head of the Oral History Project at the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University. After earning his doctorate in History at the University of North Texas in 2005, Dr. Crager taught in the History Department at Texas A&M University until joining the faculty of the Vietnam Center and Archive in January 2008.

He is a proud and devoted husband and father. Kelly and his wife Jennifer—from Hartford, Connecticut—have been married since 2001, and they currently live in Austin, Texas. Jennifer is vice-president of customer relations at a medical software company in Austin, as well as mother to their two children, daughter Becca and son Ben.


The Vietnam Center and Archive

The Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech has been collecting, preserving, and making available records of the Vietnam War since 1989. We welcome all materials and perspectives concerning the war and we consider no collection or donation to be too small.

We believe all of the sacrifices made during this period were significant and the individual collections and recollections of the men and women who participated in those events are equally important.

All materials in the archive are preserved in keeping with modern archival practices and procedures to ensure they remain available for future generations.

What began 20 years ago as a small group of local Vietnam veterans coming together to preserve the history of their experiences has grown to national and international prominence. He and his staff at the Oral History Project conduct over 100 interviews each year with Vietnam War veterans, as well as with others who lived through the Vietnam War era.

Our archive contains the largest collection of Vietnam related material in the U.S. outside of the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Currently, the Archive has over 2,000 collections containing an estimated 10 million pages of documentation in its manuscript collections, over 1,500 maps, and more than 100,000 photos and slides related to wartime experiences in Southeast Asia.


Oral History Project

Since 1999, the Oral History Project at the Vietnam Center and Archive has been conducting interviews with those who experienced the war, and who lived through the era. We believe it is vital that any true understanding of the war must include the input of those who participated in this historic moment. We strive to include all voices, including both military and civilian personnel who were in Southeast Asia and at support facilities world-wide.

The Oral History Project has over 2,000 participants from the United States and around the world, and currently has over 600 interviews available on our website for researchers world-wide. We employ full-time oral historians and a transcription staff, and work with numerous volunteers and veterans organizations to help capture the experiences of American servicemen and women.

If you are interested in being interviewed, please contact Kelly Crager, Ph.D. at (806) 742-9010 or e-mail


The Virtual Vietnam Archive

Since 2001, The Vietnam Archive has been placing many materials online to facilitate free and easy access through the Internet. Thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the Vietnam Archive has created the Virtual Vietnam Archive. Anyone can now visit the Virtual Archive and utilize thousands of documents, photographs, oral histories, and other materials through our website:

For our collection donors, we can (per your authorization) digitize your materials and upload them to our Virtual Archive making them available to anyone with an internet connection. We can also provide you with a CD of your materials in digitized format. Please call or email us for more information.

Please Participate in Preserving Your History.

Help us ensure your legacy for future generations. If you have personal photos, stories, orders, books, maps, newspapers or other documents or memorabilia that you would like to donate to the Vietnam Archive, please contact us at:

The Vietnam Archive Phone: 806-742-9010
Texas Tech University FAX: 806-742-0496
Special Collections Library, Room 108 PO Box 41041 Lubbock, TX 79409-1041

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