Student files
Collection Information

Henry A. Kissinger papers, part II

Call Number

MS 1981

Repository Information

Manuscripts and Archives
Yale University Library

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Student files
Conditions Governing Access

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.

Student files, 1939–1955. 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.

Scope and Contents

These files span the breadth of Kissinger’s post-secondary education, from the early 1940s to 1954. They include a small amount of material from classes he took at the City College of New York’s School of Business and Administration and at Lafayette College, which he attended as part of the Army Specialized Training Program. The student files most comprehensively document Kissinger’s time as an undergraduate and then graduate student at Harvard University with class notes, papers, exam blue books, class reading lists and ephemera. These files contain manuscript and typescript drafts of Kissinger’s undergraduate thesis and doctoral dissertation. A typescript draft, book reviews and correspondence documenting the publication of his dissertation, A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace 1812-22, can be found with the writings files of Series I. Kissinger’s involvement with the journal Confluence and with the Harvard International Seminar are documented in the Harvard University section of the professional files of Series I, as his involvement in both these projects continued after his graduation.