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Series II: Government Service Papers (Carter Presidential Administration), 1976-1981

Call Number: MS 1664, Series II

Scope and Contents

This series is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronicles foreign policy priorities, initiatives, and diplomatic progress in the form of comprehensive notes and official documents which focus on Soviet, Middle East, and Far East relations. The Camp David accords with Egypt and Israel and the subsequent peace treaty signing are documented in a file containing a draft of the peace treaty with Anwar Sadat's annotations, commemorative booklets presenting the final agreement and summarizing the negotiations, correspondence, notes, and event schedules. Vance's extensive collection of handwritten notes summarize governmental and diplomatic meetings and outline foreign policy goals and objectives, especially pertaining to the Middle East, Asia, and the former Soviet Union. These notes also supplement existing published materials regarding the Carter administration's diplomatic agenda. Background articles, position and briefing papers, speeches, and correspondence from the Democrat party perspective document the 1976 Carter presidential campaign. The presidential transition papers contain background materials, information on proposed and chosen Carter administration employees, writings on campaign promises, Vance's meeting notes as secretary of state designate, and a report prepared by Vance on a proposed foreign policy conference with President-elect Carter's annotations and responses. Supportive remarks written by prominent national and international figures, State Department employees, and acquaintances to Vance when he resigned as secretary of state are documented in the resignation correspondence files, 1980. The remaining folders generally contain trip materials, daily calendars, and office papers. All correspondence are incoming/outgoing, unless otherwise noted.


  • 1976-1981


Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

All national security classified material in Series I-V of the Vance Papers was segregated into boxes 83-87. It was then sent to the National Archives/Information Security Oversight Office (NARA/ISOO) for mandatory declassification review (MDR). The original documents will remain at the National Archives until declassification review is completed. As NARA/ISOO declassifies and returns the material, it will be opened and returned to folders in boxes 83-87.

Yale University files located in boxes 65-74 of Accession 1996-M-152 are restricted until January 1, 2039 due to University policy set by the Yale Corporation.

Correspondence located in box 64 of Accession 1996-M-152 is closed to researchers as it is undergoing declassification review by the federal government.

Boxes 19 and 20 of Accession 1998-M-122 are closed until January 1, 2019 per agreement with the donor. Box 21 of Accession 1998-M-122 is closed until January 1, 2046 as established by Yale Corporation regulations.

Boxes 8, 9, and 29 of Accession 2008-M-080 are closed until January 1, 2019. Boxes 10-11 of Accession 2008-M-080 are closed until January 1, 2036.

Series VII, Scrapbooks, 1961-1980 and Series IX, Objects and Memorabilia, 1964-1988 may be viewed only under the supervision of a senior staff member. Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy, which is retained by the repository. Researchers wishing to obtain an additional copy for their personal use should consult Copying Services information on the Manuscripts and Archives web site. Copies of commercially produced audiovisual materials contained in this collection cannot be made for researcher use outside of the repository.


2.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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