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- James A. Baker III Oral History Collection
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The James A. Baker III Oral History Project is a joint project run by the Seeley G. Mudd Library at Princeton University and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. The collection consists of transcripts and audio files of interviews with individuals who knew and worked closely with James A. Baker III during his career in politics and public service.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The James A. Baker III Oral History Project is a joint project run by the Seeley G. Mudd Library at Princeton University and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. The project seeks to document the career of James A. Baker III, who was a central figure in the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George Bush in the 1980s and early 1990s and led presidential campaigns for Presidents Gerald Ford, Reagan and Bush over the course of five consecutive presidential elections from 1976 to 1992.
The colletion consists of transcripts and audio files of interviews with individuals who knew and worked closely with James A. Baker III during his career in politics and public service.
The collection has been arranged into three series:
The Frank Fahrenkopf interview with Tom DeFrank was added to the collection in 2013. The accession number for this addition is ML.2013.008. Thirteen interviews by Kate Kirkland were added in 2014. The accession number for these additions is ML.2014.041. The Jim Cicconi interview with Tom DeFrank was also added in 2014. The accession number for this addition is ML.2014.044. The Daniel Kurtzer interview with Robert "K.C." Johnson was added in 2015. The accession number for this addition is ML.2015.013. The interviews that comprise Series 3: Leadership Documentary Interviews were donated by staff at the Baker Institute on behalf of James A. Baker III in 2013. The accession number for this donation is ML.2014.011. The Derek Chollet interview was added in 2016. The accession number for this addition is ML.2016.007.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No materials have been separated from this collection.
- Processing Information:
Processed by Kristen Turner and Maureen Callahan in 2011-2013, Rossy Mendez in 2015, Kristen Turner and Rachel Van Unen in 2014-2016 and Helene van Rossum in 2019. The transcripts have been edited for clarity including the deletion of stage directions and the conversations of outside persons. Sensitive personal information such as social security numbers have been redacted from the production records in Series 3: Leadership Documentary Interviews.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Individual interview transcripts may be restricted. Consult the folder list or contact the library for additional details. Original audio and video files exist but are restricted.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.
- Special Requirements for Access:
This collection consists of PDF files. Researchers are responsible for meeting the technical requirements needed to access these materials, including any and all hardware and software.
- Credit this material:
James A. Baker III Oral History Collection; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA(609) 258-6345
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- James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
Baker, James Addison, 1930-
Baker, Susan G., 1938-
Bush, George, 1924-2018.
Carlucci, Frank Charles, 1930-2018
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Cheney, Richard B.
Chollet, Derek H.
Deaver, Michael K.
Djerejian, Edward P.
Dole, Robert J., 1923-
Duberstein, Kenneth M., 1944-
Edwards, Mickey, 1937-
Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006.
Genscher, Hans-Dietrich, 1927-2016
Kimmitt, Robert Michael, 1947-
Pickering, Thomas Reeve, 1931-
Rogers, John F. W., 1956-
Rubenstein, David M.
Shultz, George Pratt, 1920-
Spencer, Stuart K.
Sununu, John E., 1964-
Tutwiler, Margaret, 1950-
Zoellick, Robert B.