Seven Years a Witness

The Beverly Deepe Keever Collection

Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Beverly Deepe Keever


Driven by a journalistic need to find the truth of a story, Beverly Deepe Keever of Hebron, Nebraska, first set foot in Vietnam on February 14, 1962, with little more than the clothes on her back and the tools of her trade: a camera and a typewriter. Over the course of the next seven years, she built a life and reputation for herself as the longest continuous war correspondent during the Vietnam War. Beginning as a freelancer, she learned about the war through the general population rather than just through the lense of governments and military actions. Though her gender gave her some difficulties other male reporters never dealt with, it also lent her writing a unique perspective. Her life and work in South East Asia have been well documented: "I discovered that I had some 54.8 linear feet of these documents that were packed in 170 plastic, dirt-, bug-, and water-proof packets" (Keever xiv). These documents, packets of news releases, military reviews, correspondance, hand-written notes, and articles, provided a foundation for Keever's memoir, Death Zones and Darling Spies (2013), and are now available at the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.

This website makes a small selection of Keever's original writings available to the public. Those interested in the Vietnam War, journalism, women/gender studies, ethnic studies, or publishing will find Keever's materials and her work an invaluable wealth of information.