Collection Information

Henry A. Kissinger papers, part II

Call Number

MS 1981

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.

Writings, 1922–1969. Henry A. Kissinger Papers, Part II (MS 1981). Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library. http://hdl.handle.net/10079/digcoll/554316
Existence and Location of Originals

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

Scope and Contents

Writings by Kissinger and others span the years from 1947 to 1969. Articles and papers that were written specifically to fulfill school requirements while Kissinger was an undergraduate or graduate at Harvard University can be found in the student files. Of note are two unpublished works: In Search of Germany and an untitled work on Otto von Bismarck. In Search of Germany focused on what was new about the Federal Republic of Germany and what represented continuity from former German states. Kissinger was the editor of the work, which was to include chapters written by a number of German intellectuals. The contributors met for a conference in 1965 that is documented through transcripts, meeting minutes and correspondence, in addition to drafts of chapters. The work on Bismarck is incomplete, but it is documented by three typescripts of over 170 pages each and a manuscript of about 200 pages.

The writing, publication and reception of Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy is well documented. Correspondence files for the book contain discussion of the book’s reception, as well as Kissinger’s responses to reviews. Additionally, there are many drafts of the book, including a manuscript draft and typescript chapter drafts extensively annotated by a number people, including Philip Quigg, George Franklin and Kissinger.

The article files include correspondence, drafts, reprints or original copies of the published work and notes. Notes that were not identified as belonging to a specific work are found in the notes and research materials files. The writings by others files contain articles, reports and pamphlets written by people other than Kissinger, many of which are unpublished. These files generally include the work mentioned in the title, occasionally with other materials like correspondence.