Public Policy Papers

Public Policy Papers

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
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Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
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Housed at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, the Public Policy Papers include important collections representing individuals and organizations in the areas of 20th-century American foreign policy, jurisprudence, journalism, public policy formation, and economic development.

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The October 2007 Accession series includes materials received from Freedom House in October 2007. The majority of the records are composed of Board of Trustees meeting minutes from 1995 to 2006. Also included are books published by Freedom House, including their annual survey of political rights and civil liberties, and conference materials. Main topics include freedom of the press, democracy, women's rights, and the history of Freedom House.
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The 2016 accession is primarily composed of reports, promotional materials, and other publications produced by Freedom House and materials from its board and executive committee meetings. The accession also includes former Executive Director Jennifer Windsor's testimony and correspondence, financial information and internal memoranda, documents related to Wendell Willkie and Freedom House's organizational history, various photographs, and materials pertaining to the United Nations, Community of Democracies, and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
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The 2017 accession is primarily composed of planning and promotional materials related to Freedom House's free press survey, as well as biographical materials on individual board members and a subject file on Russia, Poland, Ukraine, and other Slavic countries. Copies of Freedom House's publications and press releases, including some publications in Russian, are also present. Of note are photographs from a demonstration in the 1940s, including a photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt, and maps of the world dated 1994, 1995, and 1998 ranking the status of each nation as either "free," "partly free," or "not free."
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Box 289, Folder 5-6
The publications subseries includes reports from Baker's role as part of a number of commissions and review panels. Documents include the Iraq Study Group Report; National War Powers Commission Report; External Review of the LBJ School of Public Affairs; Report of the Commission on Federal Election Reform; and the Report of the BP U.S. Refineries Independent Safety Review Panel
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These records, transferred to Princeton University in February 2011, contain correspondence, Baker's personal tax returns from the 1950's through the beginning of the Reagan Administration, records of events Baker attended in the 1990s, and records documenting the writing of Baker's memoir.
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These materials were kept in Secretary Baker's desk at the Baker Institute for Public Policy before being sent to the Mudd Manuscript Library. They include letters and notes from former presidents, secretaries of state, senators and first ladies; endorsements from Baker's 1978 Texas Attorney General race; and documents relating to Baker's appointment as Under Secretary of Commerce in 1975.
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Box 302, Box 303, Box 304, Box 305, Box 306, Box 307, Box 308, Box 309, Box 310, Box 311, Box 312, Box 313, Box 314, Box 315, Box 316, Box 317, Box 318, Box 319, Box 320, Box 321
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The Personal and Family Papers series includes correspondence, photographs and genealogical materials. The correspondence is between Yost and family members, notably Gertrude A. Yost (his mother) and Irena G. Yost (his wife), as well as correspondence of family members about Yost, notably Felicity O. Yost (his daughter). The photographs depict Yost and his family throughout his life, all over the world, and include some photographs related to his career. Also included are slides, home videos, a transcript of an oral history of Yost, and eulogies.
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The Professional Papers series documents Yost's career in the foreign service and includes his correspondence and writings, papers related to his various posts, and government files on his career. Most of the papers are related to his work with the United Nations, as well as being Ambassador to Laos (1954-1956) and his involvement in the 1967 crisis in the Middle East. Also included are State Department and FBI Files on Yost.
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Box 23
This accession includes travel materials, papers written by Yost for the Aspen Institute, a record confirming Irena Yost's naturalization, and a memoir written by Yost in 1980.
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This series primarily consists of materials relating to the families of Charles Yost and his wife Irena (née Oldakowska), such as photographs, vital records, correspondence, and genealogies. Also of note are transcripts of conversations between Yost and various Chinese officials, conducted during Yost's tenure as Chairman of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, as well as correspondence on Spain from the 1930s and the transcript of an interview on the Middle East conducted by William B. Quandt with Yost in 1968.
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Box 23
This series contains photographs and slides of Yost and his family in various locations around the world. Two letters exchanged between Yost and his sister-in-law Sophie Bevilaqua-Horvath are also present, as is one piece of correspondence between Yost and Henry Kissinger and one piece of correspondence between Yost and Franz Boas. The accrual also contains news clippings and articles on Yost, including two articles written by Felicity Yost, and a November 1950 memorandum by Yost.
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This series contains photocopied material on Charles Yost's personal and family life and his professional life, as well as four photographs of his swearing in as U.S. Ambassador in Morocco, donated by Felicity Yost in 2018.
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Series 11: February 2009 Addition (1996-2008) includes board packets and correspondence, staff minutes, state registration forms, tax-exempt certifications, scholarship information, summer camp reports, complaints and inquiries, travel files, and case files.