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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.

Correspondence, 1941–2009. Henry A. Kissinger Papers, Part III (MS 2004). Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University.
Scope and Contents

The correspondence files document Kissinger’s post-government career, primarily from 2001 to 2007. The files include correspondence from Kissinger’s Washington, DC, and New York offices. For the New York office correspondence from 2001, see the Henry A. Kissinger Papers, Part II. An attempt has been made to remove the large number of duplicates from these overlapping correspondence files. Most material is filed under the last name of the correspondent or organization name, but a small amount is filed under the names of countries or other subject terms.

The Washington and New York files contain incoming and outgoing letters, enclosures and printed e-mail that document Kissinger’s contacts with the public, friends, and foreign policy community including the press, business leaders, politicians, foreign officials, and academics. Many of the correspondents are prominent individuals in their fields, including heads of state and international celebrities, but the correspondence primarily concerns invitations, publications of interest to Kissinger, condolences to the families of deceased friends and colleagues, and various requests. Much of the correspondence is brief and formulaic, often involving a wide variety of non-government organizations, many outside the foreign policy community including the Boy Scouts of America and the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), with which he had an affiliation or which were seeking his support. Kissinger’s engagement with journalists and authors about his policy work as a diplomat is reflected in scattered correspondence including exchanges with Alan M. Dershowitz, Marvin Kalb, and Walter Laqueur about Christopher Hitchins’ controversial writings about Kissinger, and letters with Marion Dönhoff in the 2001 Washington files. A small amount of international correspondence expressing support and sympathy for the United States after the 9/11 terrorist attacks can also be found in the 2001 Washington files.

The White House personal files contain a portion, primarily the correspondence with individuals whose last name began with the letter N, of the set of White House correspondence found in Part II. The correspondence found here in Part III is missing from the Part II files.


Series I is arranged into three subseries: Washington, DC office, New York office, and White House personal file.