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- Holbrooke, Richard C., 1941-2010
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Richard C. Holbrooke Papers
- Public Policy Papers
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- 1912-2017 (mostly 1968-2010)
- 40 boxes
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- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-40
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Richard C. Holbrooke was an American diplomat who led negotiations at the Dayton Accords for peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995. The Richard C. Holbrooke Papers contain Holbrooke's subject files, records of public statements, correspondence, writings and drafts of writings, articles and periodicals, and audiovisual materials.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The Richard C. Holbrooke Papers contain Holbrooke's subject files, records of public statements, correspondence, writings and drafts of writings, articles and periodicals, and audiovisual materials.
Materials are mostly arranged in the order they were received. Some boxes that had miscellaneous files were moved into appropriate series.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Richard C. Holbrooke was an American diplomat who led negotiations at the Dayton Accords for peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995, brokering the agreement to end the Bosnian war.
Holbrooke was born in New York City in 1941. He attended Brown University, became editor of the Brown Daily Herald and graduated in 1962. He joined the Foreign Service, was posted to Vietnam's Mekong Delta and later to Saigon, and subsequently worked on Lyndon Johnson's White House group of staff on Vietnam. He attended the Paris peace talks on Vietnam with the American delegation in 1968.
In 1969-1970, Holbrooke spent a year at Princeton University as a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He served as Peace Corps director in Morocco from 1970 to 1972, returning to the U.S. to edit Foreign Policy magazine from 1972 to 1976. During the Carter administration, Holbrooke was assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. In between Democratic administrations, Holbrooke helped found the consulting firm Public Strategies and worked in investment banking at Lehman Brothers.
Under Bill Clinton, Holbrooke was United States ambassador to Germany from 1993 to 1994, and helped to found the American Academy in Berlin while he was there. He served as assistant secretary of state for European and Canadian Affairs from 1994 to 1995, necessitating a focus on the crisis in the Balkans. Holbrooke's memoir To End a War (1998) recounts his experience of the negotiations between the leaders of Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio in 1995.
Holbrooke served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 1999 to 2001, achieving a settlement of U.S. debt to the United Nations and a UN Security Council resolution on HIV and AIDS. He was foreign policy adviser to Hillary Clinton's campaign for president, and served the Obama administration as special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2009 to 2010. Holbrooke died on December 13, 2010, after he was treated for a torn aorta.
The collection was donated by Kati Marton in June 2018 and January 2019 . The accession numbers associated with these donations are ML.2018.012 and ML.2019.005. A letter was also donated by Maureen Shea in July 2018 and has the accession number ML.2018.020.
- Custodial History:
While donated by Kati Marton, materials were directly received from George Packer. Holbrooke's papers were loaned to Packer for a period after Holbrooke's death. Packer utilized Holbrooke's materials to write "Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century." Materials were transferred to the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library in June, 2018 and January, 2019. Packer kept Holbrooke's filing cabinets intact, but arrangement of some material may reflect the organization of Packer's office.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
Files that contain third-party personal information such as social security numbers have been separated from the papers. A few documents have been removed due to the presence of classified information. Removals are noted at the folder level.
- Processing Information:
A box-level inventory and basic finding aid were created by Phoebe Nobles in May 2019. This collection was processed and a folder-level inventory was created by Kelli Yakabu in August 2019.
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, 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.
- Credit this material:
Richard C. Holbrooke Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA(609) 258-6345