Contents and Arrangement

Series 3: Leadership Documentary Interviews, 1989 July-1994

5 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series contains 20 interview transcripts and one box of records pertaining to the production of a documentary film entitled, James A. Baker, III- A Statesman's Story. The film's purpose was to document the role of public service and statesmanship through the example of James A. Baker III's career and serve as a marketing film for Baker's 1996 presidential bid. In addition, there were discussions between Andrew Ling and PBS to use the film as a pilot for a television series on public service leadership. Production records include correspondence, budget spreadsheets, scripts, and photocopied articles and essays.

The interviews with government officials, politicians, and various other individuals were conducted mostly during July of 1994 in the Washington D.C area. Topics addressed include the role of public service and statesmanship, the interviewees' introduction to government work, and the perception of tasks related to public service. The interviews also discuss Baker's role and contributions to historical events including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Two Plus Four Agreement for the re-unification of Germany, Saddam Hussein and the Gulf War, and the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference.


The transcripts in this series are arranged alphabetically by interviewee's last name. The production records are arranged in their original order as received from the donor.

Collection History




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

Conditions Governing Access

This series is open for research use. Original audio and video files exist but are restricted.

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, 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, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. 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 any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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:

Series 3: Leadership Documentary Interviews; James A. Baker III Oral History Collection, MC212, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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