Contents and Arrangement

Ralph Posner Legislative Records, 1988-1996

10 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Posner's work on international issues, trade, defense, and U.S. foreign relations is documented in these files. The bulk of Posner's trade files deal with the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and GATT. Topics in Posner's defense files span a range of issues, from military suicides to the defense budget.

Another important international issue that occupied Posner was foreign student exchanges. Exchange programs were an interest of Bradley's, and he spearheaded passage of the Freedom Support Act (S. 2532) that created substantial federal funding for thousands of students to come to the United States. While Posner's files show general interest in all student exchange programs, the majority focus on exchanges with the New Independent States (NIS) of the former Soviet Union. Posner worked extensively on planning and implementing of such programs.

Finally, there are a few topical files in the Posner series that deal with domestic topics such as the postal service and the major league baseball strike.


These records have been arranged into several groupings, according to the legislative aide who produced them. Generally speaking, records are arranged by topic.

Collection History


During the first round of processing, from 1999-2001, each file was reviewed and the following record types were discarded: newspaper and magazine clippings without markings; widely-available publications from the federal government, senate, lobbying groups, and political action committees; copies of bills and senate resolutions, unless marked; position papers; empty envelopes; copies and duplicates of materials already in the collection; empty files; and congressional record statements or introductions to amendments and bills.

Processing Information

This collection was processed from 1997-2000 by project archivist Kristen Turner, special collections assistant Stacey Peeples, and Meghan Glass '01, and in 2012 by Maureen Callahan.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Series 4 is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Ralph Posner Legislative Records; Bill Bradley Papers, MC200, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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