Series 5, Telecons
18 boxes (2 partial)
This collection is stored at Mudd Manuscript Library.
Requests will be delivered to Public Policy Papers, MUDD Reading Room
Collection Creator: Ball, George W. (George Wildman), 1909-1994..
Extent: 18 boxes (2 partial)
Collection is open for research use.
Series 5, Telecons, 1955-1982, contains logs, transcripts, and summaries of incoming and outgoing telephone calls. The incomplete set of telecons received from Ball is arranged chronologically, except for four subject files located at the end of the chronological run that focus on the Congo, the Dominican Republic, the USSR wheat deal and Vietnam. In an effort to acquire a complete set, photocopies of Ball's telecons housed at the JFK and LBJ libraries were integrated into the collection. These photocopies are arranged by subject and follow the arrangement found in each library. They are labeled with the initials of the President whose library supplied them. Researchers should be aware that not all of the telecons housed at the Presidential Libraries have been declassified. Thus, telecons deemed closed at the time of this library's request were not obtained from the Presidential Libraries.
The telecons illuminate the daily issues Ball faced, as well as what foreign and domestic problems required his immediate attention. It is also interesting to note whom Ball solicited or shared information with regarding a particular incident. The telecons indicate to whom Ball was talking, as well as the date and time the call took place. However, only the last name of the person with whom the conversation took place is listed, and it is not clear who called whom. There are brief chronological summaries of telephone conversations created for the years 1961-1966 that are useful for ascertaining information on a particular call.
Series 5, Telecons; 1955-1982; George W. Ball Papers, Public Policy Papers, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.