Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 1, Subject Files, 1947-1998

4 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Subject Files subseries documents Kirkpatrick's active years at the CIA between 1947 and 1965 and is the largest of the three subseries. It includes approximately 0.5 linear feet of material related to the Bay of Pigs Invasion and Kirkpatrick's role in the compilation of the Inspector General's report on the incident. The report was released in 1998, after being classified for thirty-six years, following a Freedom of Information Act request by the National Security Archive at George Washington University. Copies of the two volumes of records released by the CIA, titled "Inspector General's Survey of the Cuban Operation and Associated Documents," are included in the subseries. Other material related to the Bay of Pigs includes two 1958 State Department reports on Cuba, a folder of correspondence between Kirkpatrick and Cuban lawyer Mario Lazo, and transcripts of a lecture and an interview, both given by Kirkpatrick after he left the CIA.

In addition to the Bay of Pigs documents, the subseries also includes personnel records and a small amount of Kirkpatrick's correspondence, including letters and memos exchanged with Allen Dulles. The FBI folder contains photocopies of correspondence with J. Edgar Hoover concerning the relationship between the CIA and FBI.


No arrangement action taken or arrangement information not recorded at the time of processing.

Collection History


No material was separated during accessioning in 2003.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Daniel A. Santamaria and Rosalba Varallo in 2004. Finding aid written by Daniel A. Santamaria and Rosalba Varallo in 2004. Digital material was processed by Elena Colon-Marrero in 2015.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, any copyright vested in the donor has passed to The Trustees of Princeton University and researchers do not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with use of donor-created materials within the collection. For materials in the collection not created by the donor, or where the material is not an original, the copyright is likely not held by the University. In these instances, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.

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.

This collection contains digital materials. Researchers are responsible for meeting the technical requirements needed to access these materials, including any and all hardware and software.

Credit this material:

Subseries 1, Subject Files; Lyman B. Kirkpatrick Papers, MC209, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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