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Bird, Eugene and Bird, Jerine
Princeton University. Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Eugene and Jerine Bird Papers
Public Policy Papers
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1932-2012 (mostly 1962-1984)
15 boxes
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-15


Eugene Bird (1925-) is a retired Foreign Service Officer who served primarily in the Middle East. During Eugene Bird's tenure with the State Department, he and his family lived in Jerusalem, Beirut, Cairo, Bombay, New Delhi, and the Saudi Arabian cities of Jeddah and Dhahran. His wife, Jerine "Jerri" Bird (1926-2012), was an activist who started the nonprofit organization Partners for Peace, which sponsored speaking tours by Israeli and Palestinian women throughout the United States. The collection contains Eugene and Jerine Bird's personal and professional correspondence, subject files on the Middle East, and writings, especially pertaining to Jerine Bird's unpublished manuscript on Saudi Arabian women.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The Eugene and Jerine Bird Papers primarily document the Birds' lives during Eugene's tenure with the U.S. Foreign Service, though Jerine's activities post-dating Eugene's overseas assignments are also well documented. The collection contains the Birds' incoming and outgoing correspondence with family and friends, along with some professional correspondence. It also includes their subject files, mostly pertaining to social and economic conditions in the Middle East in the 1970s (especially in Saudi Arabia), and articles, poetry, speeches, and other writings on the Middle East and various topics. Of particular note are the drafts and research materials related to Jerine's unpublished book on the changing roles of Saudi Arabian women in the late twentieth century.

Please see the series descriptions in the contents list for additional information about individual series.


The collection has been arranged into four series:

Collection History


This collection was donated by Kai Bird in December 2015. The accession number associated with this donation is ML.2015.040.

Archival Appraisal Information:

Approximately 1.5 linear feet of personal materials or materials otherwise outside of the scope of the collection were returned to the donor.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Rachel Van Unen in January 2016 at the time of accessioning. A folder list was created and all materials were described in a finding aid. Some materials were reboxed or refoldered, but no physical rearrangement was done at this time.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

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:

Eugene and Jerine Bird Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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