Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: White House Years, 1976-1981

13 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series contains the records from David Aaron's tenure as Deputy National Security Advisor from 1977–1981. Of particular note are briefing papers, speech drafts and talking points, correspondence, and other materials created in the course of Jimmy Carter's 1980 re-election campaign. The election campaign records detail the platforms of both major parties, especially their stances on foreign policy, and in particular highlight the national security issues emphasized by Carter's campaign, such as the MX missile project, defense spending, and improved relations with the developing world and with the Soviet Union and China.

Aaron's chronological files, speeches, subject files, and writings also provide insight into the national security issues that dominated his work under the Carter administration, especially the SALT-II agreement and U.S. relations with the Soviet Union more generally. Administrative materials that document the day-to-day responsibilities of the position and his travels abroad are also present in the form of invitations Aaron received, his schedules and appointments, and his telephone memorandums.


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

Collection History


Approximately two linear feet of materials unrelated to David Aaron's professional career were removed from the collection during processing in 2015.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Rachel Van Unen in 2015 at the time of accessioning. Some materials were placed into archival housing and all materials were arranged into series and described in a finding aid. Materials from the December 2015 accession were added by Rachel Van Unen in December 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.

Credit this material:

Series 1: White House Years; David L. Aaron Papers, MC275, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Boxes 1-10; 14-16