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Cyrus R. and Grace Sloane Vance papers

Call Number: MS 1664
Scope and Contents

The Cyrus R. Vance and Grace Sloane Vance Papers primarily document Cyrus R. Vance's professional and personal activities beginning in 1957. Of particular significance are the materials related to his governmental service. Background materials, correspondence, position papers, and handwritten meeting notes from his tenure as secretary of state document SALT II negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union, the Camp David Summit with Israel and Egypt and the signing of the Middle East Peace Treaty, diplomatic relations with the Far East, especially China, and negotiations to release the American hostages in Iran. Proposals, reports, handwritten notes, and correspondence provide insight into Vance's important work in the Johnson administration as the president's special representative to settle the dispute between Greece and Turkey over Cyprus in 1967, to provide federal recovery assistance to Detroit after the riot in the Summer of 1967, and to negotiate for a cease-fire at the Peace Talks on Vietnam in 1968.

Governmental statements and commentaries, draft bills, and Senate committee background materials from 1958 document Vance's involvement in the creation of the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA). Extensive files of position papers, project proposals, meeting minutes, reports, publications, and handwritten notes document Vance's involvement in various organizations, including the Aspen Institute, the Center for National Policy, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Palme Commission on Disarmament and Security Issues, and the Williamsburg Conferences. Vance's papers also contain manuscript drafts and research notes used for Hard Choices: Critical Years in America's Foreign Policy.

Grace Sloane Vance's papers document her trip with First Lady Rosalynn Carter to Latin America in 1977 through briefings files and her own notes. Her work throughout the 1960s with Widening Horizons, a Washington D.C. public schools Urban Service Corps project designed to introduce children to professional life, culture, and career opportunities, can be traced through correspondence, working papers, minutes, and notes.

Photographs, scrapbooks, and audio-tapes document many domestic and international events related to Vance's governmental service. Newspaper clippings kept throughout Vance's political career supply general information about key events and initiatives which characterize the Kennedy, Johnson, and Carter presidential administrations. Vance's correspondence files contain exchanges with prominent governmental figures and foreign heads of state, and his collection of diplomatic gifts, mementos, citations, and commemorative plaques reflect his legacy of diplomatic service.

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Cyrus R. and Grace Sloane Vance has been transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact

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 Cyrus R. and Grace Sloane Vance, 1993, 1995-1998, 2002. Gift of Camilla Vance, Elsie Nicoll Vance, Grace Roberts Vance, and Cyrus Roberts Vance, Jr., 2008.


Arranged in ten series and six additions: I. Government Service Papers (Kennedy and Johnson Presidential Administrations), 1960-1977. II. Government Service Papers (Carter Presidential Administration), 1976-1981. III. Papers on Professional and Personal Activities, 1957-1992. IV. Grace Sloane Vance Papers, 1957-1989. V. Personal and Routine Correspondence, 1960-1990. VI. Photographs, 1958-1988. VII. Scrapbooks, 1961-1980. VIII. Clippings, 1958-1990. IX. Objects and Memorabilia, 1964-1980. X. Audio and Video Tapes, 1963-1980.

1919 - 2005
136.75 Linear Feet (210 boxes)
Related Names
Vance, Cyrus R. (Cyrus Roberts), 1917-2002
Language of Materials