Vietnam Center and Archive Staff Biography

Ty Lovelady, Associate Archivist
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    Texas Tech University
    PO Box 41041
    Special Collections Lib. Rm. 108
    Lubbock, TX 79409-1041

Though he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Entomology at Texas Tech University in 1996 because he anticipated a career in agriculture like many others in his family, Ty Lovelady's love for history caused him to return to Texas Tech where he received an Master of Arts in History in 2002. Ty's thesis, “The Marine Corps' Third and Fourth Raider Battalions during World War II” concerns the actions of the elite Marine Raider units in the Solomon Islands campaign during World War II. While working on his thesis in 2001, Ty became an archival specialist at the Vietnam Archive, digitizing photograph and document collections. He then became an assistant archivist in 2003 and an associate archivist in 2007. His main duties include accessioning new collections and overseeing the processing of those collections by the Vietnam Archive's student staff. Outside of his normal work duties, Ty has written encyclopedia entries on Ann Smith Franklin and Margaret Brent from Colonial America for Facts on File's American Women's History: An Encyclopedia and presented a paper titled “How Marines Perceived the Corps Before and After Their Service: As Seen Through Oral Histories at the Vietnam Archive” at the Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR) Spring 2009 Conference in Washington, DC. He has also served as the faculty advisor for the Texas Tech chapter of the fraternity Gamma Beta since January 2009. Ty is a member of the Society for Military History, the American Historical Association, and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.