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Gellman, Barton, 1960-
Barton Gellman Papers
Public Policy Papers
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10 boxes
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  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-10


Barton Gellman is a well-known journalist and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. The records in this collection document Gellman's work as a journalist and political advisor.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The records in this collection document Gellman's work as a journalist and political advisor. Records include research files for a number of articles for the Washington Post, including a series on the global response to AIDS in Africa, a profile of then-presidential candidate Bill Bradley, and a number of articles on the "war on terror" in the United States, among other topics. This collection also includes research materials for his two books: Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency and Contending with Kennan: Toward a Philosophy of American Power. A handful of records document Gellman's participation as policy director of Bruce Babbitt's 1988 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Finally, records of Gellman v. Wacker, a freedom of expression lawsuit in federal court against the principal of George Washington High School and the School District of Philadelphia are included.


Materials closed for research use have been moved to their own boxes. All other materials maintain the order in which they came to Mudd Library.

Collection Creator Biography:

Gellman, Barton, 1960-

Barton Gellman has worked as a journalist since high school and spent twenty one years at the Washington Post, where he won many awards for journalism, including the Pulitzer Prize. After leaving in 2010, Gellman came to the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs where he serves as a lecturer and writer-in-residence. Gellman authored Contending with Kennan: Toward a Philosophy of American Power in 1995 and Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency in 2008. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University College, Oxford.

Collection History


Gift of Barton Gellman in October 2012. The accession number associated with this gift is ML.2012.044.

Materials in Box 10 related to the Student Press Law Center banquet were donated by Barton Gellman in November 2014. The accession number associated with this donation is ML.2014.037.


No records were separated from this collection at the time of accessioning and no records were separated from the 2014 accession.

Processing Information

Preliminary processing was conducted by Maureen Callahan and Samantha Flitter '16 in October 2012. At this time, restricted materials were moved to their own containers, materials were re-housed, and a preliminary inventory and finding aid were created. The materials that comprise the 2014 accession were added by Rachel Van Unen in December 2014.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Except as otherwise noted, the Gellman Papers are open for research use.

All notes and recordings of interviews with living subjects are closed. Papers marked closed may be opened to the research public under the following conditions:

During donor's lifetime:

Access to closed papers may be granted solely by advance written permission of the donor. Any request by a member of the research public to review closed papers shall be made in writing and addressed to donor in care of the staff of the Special Collections, which in turn will convey the request to the donor. Such requests for access must include the requestor's name, contacts and a description of the purpose of the request. If the donor allows access to one researcher, the material will be considered open for all future research requests.

Upon donor's death:

[a] All notes of interviews and correspondence with third parties shall remain closed during the lifetimes of those third parties, and shall be opened to the research public upon the deaths of those third parties.

[b] For closed papers that do not include interviews or correspondence with third parties, donor's heirs shall decide when and under what conditions to open those papers to the research public.

[c] Apart from papers that remain closed in accordance with provision (a.), above, any papers which remain closed after thirty (30) years from the date of transfer to the Special Collections shall be opened to the research public.

For papers closed to the public, the container or folder list of the finding aid to those Papers will also be closed. The existence of closed papers, and their general subjects may be made known to the research public, but no public listing within the finding aid shall describe the closed papers more specifically. In particular, the names of persons interviewed in closed interview notes may not be included in any public finding aid, nor may they otherwise be disclosed to the public.

Conditions Governing 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.

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:

Barton Gellman Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-10