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),
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.