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Henry A. Kissinger papers, part II

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MS 1981

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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, 1966–2007. Henry A. Kissinger Papers, Part II (MS 1981). Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library.
Existence and Location of Originals

Originals of documents marked with an [LC] in the upper right-hand corner are at the Library of Congress.

Existence and Location of Originals

Originals of documents marked with an [Y] in the upper right-hand corner are at the Yale University Library.

Scope and Contents

The subject files address a wide variety of topics concerning Kissinger’s continuing work on international affairs after he left government in 1977 through 2007. The files contain correspondence, published material, memoranda or other types of documents concerning a specific topic. Many of the files concern Kissinger’s public explanation over the years of his policies while in office. His engagement with journalists and authors in this area is well-documented in the files concerning Christopher Hitchens, Kenneth Maxwell, 60 Minutes and Turner Network Television (TNT) among others. Files also document Kissinger’s leadership of the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America from 1983 to 1984. The files concerning the commission’s meetings are especially notable in that they include detailed notes on the commission’s discussions, along with agenda and texts of presentations made to the commission. His work as co-chair of the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Transatlantic Relations from 2003 to 2004 is well documented through correspondence, report drafts and meeting materials. There is also a small number of memoranda of conversation, primarily between Kissinger and foreign leaders including Deng Xiaopeng. The Rodman files were maintained by Kissinger’s close personal assistant Peter W. Rodman and concern an assortment of issues on which he worked. The Rogers memoranda files contain materials mainly documenting research and analysis from William D. Rogers on inquiries from foreign governments about criminal charges against the Chilean leader Augusto Pinochet. Rogers was a former State Department official specializing on Latin America and legal advisor to Kissinger after they left government.

Additional subject files can be found in the Henry A. Kissinger Papers, Part III.