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John Lewis Gaddis Papers

Call Number: MS 2092

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the personal diaries of John Lewis Gaddis. Subjects include his academic and publishing activities, events in his personal life, his transition to Yale University from Ohio University in the late 1990s, and the founding of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale University. The majority of the diairy entries are typed; some are handwritten.


  • 1985-2012


Language of Materials

The materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is restricted until 1 January 2050 by donor request.

Original born digital files, as well as preservation masters, may not be accessed due to their fragility. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist request that they be made. Born digital files cannot be accessed remotely. System requirements include a Manuscripts and Archives computer and file viewing software.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creator of this collection for unpublished works they have authored or otherwise produced until 1 January 2050, when copyright passes to Yale University. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of John Lewis Gaddis, 2018


The material is arranged chronologically.


1.9 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The collection contains the personal papers of John Lewis Gaddis.

Biographical / Historical

John Lewis Gaddis was born in Cotulla, Texas in 1941. Gaddis received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin in 1963, 1965, and 1968, respectively. After earning his Ph.D., Gaddis taught history at Ohio University for 28 years. In 1997, Gaddis became the Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History at Yale University. His primary areas of scholarly research and teaching are the Cold War and grand strategy, subjects on which he has authored multiple books. His biography of United States diplomat George F. Kennan, George F. Kennan: An American Life, won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.
Guide to the John Lewis Gaddis Papers
In Progress
compiled by Robert Bartels
February 2019
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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