Collection Information

Henry A. Kissinger papers, part II

Call Number

MS 1981

Repository Information

Manuscripts and Archives
Yale University Library

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Series Information
Bulk Dates
Physical Location
Library of Congress
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, 1906–2002 (Bulk, 1969–2002). Henry A. Kissinger Papers, Part II (MS 1981). Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library.
Existence and Location of Originals

Originals are at the Library of Congress.

Scope and Contents

The photographs document Kissinger’s life starting from his Army service in 1944 through his work with Kissinger Associates up to 2002. The bulk of the photographs concern Kissinger’s career and personal life after he left government in 1977. The files from his government service years depict only selected events, particularly 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. There are a number of photographs from Kissinger’s first trips to China in 1971 and 1972, some apparently from Chinese photographers. Two of the photograph albums document his fact-finding trip to Vietnam in 1965. Additional photographs can be found with the correspondence files of Series I, II and III.

See the Henry A. Kissinger Papers, Part III for additional photographs, especially for those dating after 2002.


Series V is arranged into three subseries: General, Oversized, and Albums.