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Ullman, Richard H. (Richard Henry)
Richard Ullman Papers
Public Policy Papers
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1916-2006 (mostly 1960-2005)
6 boxes
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  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-6


Richard Ullman (1933-2014) was a scholar of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. The collection documents Ullman's career as an academic, his service with the U.S. State Department and the Council on Foreign Relations, and his process of researching and publishing the three-volume Anglo-Soviet Relations, 1917-1971.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Richard Ullman Papers document Ullman's career in the study of international relations and foreign policy, namely his service with the U.S. State Department and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and his work in academia. The collection contains records on Ullman's involvement with the CFR's 1980s Project and with the State Department's Kosovo History Project. The collection also includes materials related to Ullman's first major scholarly publication, the three-volume Anglo-Soviet Relations, 1917-1971, as well as correspondence and subject files pertaining more generally to his later academic career.

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


The collection has been intellectually arranged into four series.

Collection Creator Biography:

Ullman, Richard H. (Richard Henry)

Richard Ullman (1933-2014) was a scholar of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Ullman attended Harvard University for his undergraduate degree. He graduated from Harvard in 1955 and went on to earn his doctorate from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, where he was mentored by the historian and diplomat George Kennan. Ullman's thesis, Anglo-Soviet Relations, 1917-1971, became the basis for a three-volume series that was his first major academic publication.

After first teaching at Harvard, Ullman became a faculty member at Princeton University in 1965, a position he would hold for over four decades. He served as acting dean of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1969 and as associate dean from 1968 to 1971. Ullman also spent some of his early career in the federal government, working for the National Security Council in 1967 and for the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1967 to 1968.

Ullman worked at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) from 1973 to 1979. During this time, he served as director of the Studies Department and was involved with the 1980s Project in several capacities, serving as director of the Project, chairman of the Coordinating Group, and as a senior fellow with the Project. In addition to his work at the CFR, Ullman was a member of The New York Times editorial board from 1977 to 1978 and the editor of Foreign Policy from 1978 to 1980.

Ullman worked for the Department of State from 1999 to 2000, where one of his main duties was serving as director of the Kosovo History Project. He became an emeritus professor at Princeton in 2002. Over his lifetime, Ullman authored hundreds of papers and articles on foreign policy.

Richard Ullman died on March 11, 2014 at age 80.

Collection History


This collection was donated by Gail Ullman in January 2016. The accession number associated with this donation is ML.2016.002.


An unannotated copy of The Manufacture of Armaments by Philip Noel-Baker was returned to the donor.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Rachel Van Unen in March 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

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:

Richard Ullman Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-6