Contents and Arrangement

VHS tapes of speeches and television appearances, circa 1989-1998

15 items

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection is mainly composed of various sections of an oral history conducted with Robert Oakley by the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST). The topical headings of these sections include, but are not limited to, "Early Life and Career," "Sudan," "Ivory Coast," "Viet Nam," "Paris," "Lebanon," "Coordinator for Counterterrorism," "National Security Council Staff," "National Security Council II," "Zaire," "Pakistan," "Somalia," and "Somalia II." The collection also contains two other oral histories, one conducted by the ADST with Robert Oakley's wife, Phyllis, and the other a joint oral history with Robert and Phyllis Oakley conducted by the journalist Don Oberdorfer.

Also of note are Oakley's speeches, articles, and papers (including drafts) on the topics of U.S. diplomacy and foreign relations, especially as these issues pertain to political instability in Pakistan and the Middle East, U.S. policies on terrorism, humanitarian disasters, and U.S. intervention in Somalia. Phyllis Oakley is the coauthor of two articles present in the collection. A transcript of the Senate hearing for Robert Oakley's nomination as ambassador to Pakistan is also included, as are two DVDs of a PBS Frontline special on the Battle of Mogadishu (also known as Black Hawk Down) that features Robert Oakley, and VHS cassettes of Oakley's television appearances.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were separated from this collection.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research.

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, any copyright vested in the donor has passed to Princeton University and researchers are free to move forward with use of materials without anything further from Mudd Library. For materials not created by the donor, where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. In these instances, researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use. 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.

Credit this material:

VHS tapes of speeches and television appearances; Robert B. Oakley Papers, MC280, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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