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Henry A. Kissinger papers, part III

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MS 2004

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Manuscripts and Archives
Yale University Library

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The papers are open with permission unless otherwise noted.

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.

Subject Files, 1958–2007. Henry A. Kissinger Papers, Part III (MS 2004). Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University.
Scope and Contents

The subject files address a variety of topics related to international affairs with which Kissinger involved himself, primarily after he left government service in 1977 through 2004. Major topics include Christopher Hitchens’ writings about Kissinger and Congressional hearings held in 1992 on prisoners of war and missing in action (POW/MIA) from the Vietnam War at which Kissinger testified. Of particular note are Kissinger’s handwritten notes and typescripts of the notes from his discussions with Soviet leaders, including Mikhail Gorbachev and Andrei Gromyko, during his 1987 visit to the Soviet Union. Some of the files on other topics may have been used by Kissinger for various writing projects, but research files clearly associated with specific writing projects can be found in Series V.

The minority of files that contain material from Kissinger’s years of government service consist mainly of copies of government documents and publications relevant to the topic although there is a small amount of original material from this period including Kissinger’s short handwritten notes to Richard Nixon from the president’s visit to China in 1972 and a 1961 letter from John F. Kennedy, Jr. welcoming Kissinger to his administration as a consultant. In addition, the Peter W. Rodman files include a number of original memoranda of conversation from Kissinger’s time in office. These memoranda record Kissinger’s discussions, primarily with journalists and business and church leaders. Copies of these memoranda may be available at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Memoranda of conversation are often especially informative documents because they provide detailed summaries or near verbatim accounts written to document specific conversations.

The Nixon tapes partial transcripts are another detailed source on Kissinger’s work in the Nixon White House. These files contain transcripts that intended to relate every conversation that the Nixon White House tapes recorded in which Kissinger was a participant. These partial transcripts from 1971 to 1973 usually provide word by word accounts although sometimes material is summarized. Since a single consultant hired by the private Nixon Foundation created all the transcripts and the original, untranscribed Nixon White House tapes available at the Nixon Presidential Library are often difficult to hear, the accuracy of the transcripts found in these files is difficult to judge.

Similar subject files covering roughly the same period can be in the Henry A. Kissinger Papers, Part II.


Series II is arranged alphabetically by subject.