Contents and Arrangement

Series 4: Watergate Investigation, 1968-1977

40 boxes
Restricted Content

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Watergate inquiry documentation in Series 4 is mostly composed of notes, interviews, and other research materials that were prepared as evidence for the House Judiciary Committee. Also of note are drafts of the articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon, which were revised several times before the Committee accepted them in their final form. Other documents in the series include individual files on the members of the House Judiciary Committee and on the members of Doar's legal staff, as well as Doar's correspondence with both government officials and the general public.

Researchers should note that there is much duplication or near duplication of content within the series. Unedited transcripts of portions of the Committee hearings are often nearly identical to the transcripts in the published volumes. This is also true for the Statements of Information and their appendices, which are available in both draft form and as published volumes. Though there are slight variations between the published works and their earlier versions, including a small amount of annotations on some of the earlier versions, the majority of the content is very similar.


No information about arrangement is available.

Collection History


Approximately 12 linear feet of duplicative materials and less than one linear foot of personal materials were removed from the collection.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Rachel Van Unen from August 2016 through January 2017, with assistance from Khalil Bryant '18, Tatiana Evans '17, An Lanh Le '20, and Jeremy Zullow '17. The finding aid was written by Rachel Van Unen in February 2017.

During processing, some materials were rehoused in new archival boxes and folders. Processing staff cleaned dirt-covered materials with brushes, divided overstuffed folders into two or more folders, and removed metal fasteners that attached materials to folders. Staff retained original folder titles unless clarification was necessary or for the sake of consistency. Some folders were originally housed within larger accordion folders; staff removed most of these accordion folders from the collection, but incorporated any descriptive information on the folders into the folder titles. Empty folders were removed. Photographs were housed in mylar sleeves. There is no longer a Box 241, as the contents of that tube were flattened and placed in Oversize folder 5.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Materials in this series will open for research in December, 2024.

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.

Credit this material:

Series 4: Watergate Investigation; John Doar Papers, MC247, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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