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Title:
Samuel W. Lewis Papers
Repository:
Public Policy Papers
Permanent URL:
ark:/88435/m613n706v
Dates:
1977-2010
Size:
5 boxes and 14.67 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Boxes 1-3; DO-000006; DO-000007
Language:
English

Abstract

Samuel W. Lewis (1930-2014) was an American diplomat who is best known for his 1977-1985 service as U.S. Ambassador to Israel and active presence during the 1978 Camp David Summit. The Samuel W. Lewis Papers consist of speeches, correspondence, journals, oral history transcripts, and scrapbooks documenting Lewis's long career in the U.S. foreign service.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Samuel W. Lewis Papers consist of speeches, correspondence, journals, oral history transcripts, and scrapbooks documenting Lewis's long career in the U.S. foreign service. The materials span Lewis's time as U.S. Ambassador to Israel, President and CEO of the U.S. Institute of Peace, and Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State. Content relates to topics such as Lewis's unfinished book, his personal reflections on the Camp David Summit, and diplomatic trips abroad.

Collection Creator Biography:

Lewis

Samuel W. Lewis (1930-2014) was an American diplomat who is best known for his 1977-1985 service as U.S. Ambassador to Israel and active presence during the 1978 Camp David Summit. Lewis joined the foreign service in 1954 on the heels of his studies at Yale University and Johns Hopkins University, during which time he fulfilled diplomatic postings in Italy, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Israel. In the United States, Lewis served as President and CEO of the U.S. Institute of Peace in addition to occupying various positions at the Department of State. Upon completing his tenure as Director of Policy Planning at the State Department in 1994, Lewis maintained an active voice in international affairs as a professor, advisor to foreign policy organizations, and frequent commentator on Middle Eastern affairs.

Collection History

Acquisition:

The collection was donated by Kenneth E. Labowitz, Trustee of the Sallie Lewis Family Trust, in 2021. The accession number associated with this donation is ML-2021-008.

Appraisal

A small amount of material was deemed non-archival and discarded.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Quin DeLaRosa in 2022. This finding was written by Quin DeLaRosa in 2022.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The majority of the collection is open for research. Some files have been restricted due to security classifications.

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, 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, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. 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 any questions, please feel free to contact 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:

Samuel W. Lewis Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
ark:/88435/m613n706v
Location:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Boxes 1-3; DO-000006; DO-000007