Collection Information

Henry A. Kissinger papers, part III

Call Number

MS 2004

Repository Information

Manuscripts and Archives
Yale University Library

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Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Ownership & Copyright

Copyright is retained by Henry A. Kissinger for works he has authored and provided during his lifetime to the Yale University Library. After the lifetime of Dr. Kissinger, all intellectual property rights, including without limitation all copyrights, in and to the works authored by Dr. Kissinger pass to Yale University, with the exception of all intellectual property rights, including without limitation all copyrights, motion picture and/or audio rights in and to his books, interviews and any films that will be retained by Dr. Kissinger’s heirs and assigns. Copyright status for collection materials other than those authored by Dr. Kissinger is unknown.

Except for the limited purposes allowed by the Yale University Library Guide to Using Special Collections, exploitation, including without limitation the reproduction, distribution, adaption, or display of Dr. Kissinger’s works protected by the U.S. Copyright Act (Title 17 U.S.C. §101 et seq.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain shall not be commercially exploited without permission of Dr. Kissinger, the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Photographs, 1938–2009. Henry A. Kissinger Papers, Part III (MS 2004). Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University.
Scope and Contents

The photographs document Kissinger’s life from the 1930s to 2009, but only a small number concern the years prior to 1969 and only one dates from after 2006. Photographs from 1977 to 2001 are limited, and a much larger collection of photographs from this period can be found in Part II of the Henry A. Kissinger papers. The files in this series from 2002 to 2006 supplement the photograph files found in Part II that run to 2001. They depict Kissinger’s professional and personal life during this period while he remained a prominent author and public commentator on international affairs and the principle at the international consulting firm Kissinger Associates.

The files from his government service years cover selected events, often Kissinger’s trips abroad. In general, official White House photographs and photographs from the American press are not included in these files, which are primarily composed of photographs taken by private individuals, professional photographers, and foreign press or governments. A number of folders contain correspondence, usually a single letter that accompanied the photographs. The Rodman files appear to be photographs that Kissinger’s close personal aide Peter W. Rodman took, usually while traveling with Kissinger when he was secretary of state. Likewise, most of the photograph albums commemorate Kissinger’s service as secretary of state.


Series VII is arranged into three subseries: General, Rodman (Peter W.) files, and Albums.