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John Lewis Gaddis Papers on George F. Kennan

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Gaddis, John Lewis

John Lewis Gaddis (1941- ) is a diplomatic historian noted for his analysis of the Cold War. He has spent his career at Ohio University and Yale University, and is the authorized biographer of noted diplomat and historian George F. Kennan.

Gaddis was educated at the University of Texas, earning his B.A. in 1963, M.A. in 1965, and Ph.D. in 1968. He taught briefly as an assistant professor at Indiana University Southeast before obtaining a position at Ohio University, Athens. At Ohio University, Gaddis was assistant professor of history (1969-1971), associate professor (1971-1976), professor (1976-1983), and distinguished professor of history (1983-1997). He also served as the director of their Contemporary History Institute from 1987 to 1993. Since 1997, Gaddis has been the Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University where he teaches courses in Cold War history, international studies, and biography. He has also taught as a visiting professor at the Naval War College, University Helsinki, Princeton University, and Oxford University.

Gaddis's scholarship focuses on the Cold War. Drawn to the relationship between history and current events, he began his study during the Cold War and has continued to reassess his positions as new documents are released. His publications include The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1941-1947 (1972), Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of Postwar American National Security (1982), The Long Peace: Inquiries into the History of the Cold War (1987), We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History (1997), The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past (2002), Surprise, Security, and the American Experience (2004), and The Cold War: A New History (2006). His most recent project is an authorized biography of George F. Kennan.

The John Lewis Gaddis Papers on George F. Kennan contain interviews conducted by Gaddis for his authorized biography of noted diplomat and historian George F. Kennan and include transcripts and recordings of the interviews. Gaddis interviewed Kennan, his family, and his colleagues in the United States government and in academia about the entire span of Kennan's life and career.

The following sources were consulted during the preparation of the biographical note: "Documenting the Cold War: John Lewis Gaddis," by Meredith Hindley. Humanities, vol 27, no 1, January/February 2006. "John Lewis Gaddis," Marquis Who's Who Online. www.marquiswhoswho.com Accessed March 17, 2009. "John Lewis Gaddis," Yale University History Department webpage. www.yale.edu/history Accessed March 17, 2009.

On deposit by John Lewis Gaddis. Materials were received periodically from 1982-2012. A large cache of interview transcripts and recordings were deposited at the Mudd Library in January 2012 [ML.2012.002].

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Series 2: Interview Recordings (Box 2) contains 40 audio cassette tapes and 65 CDs.

This collection was first processed by Adriane Hanson in March 2009. Finding aid written by Adriane Hanson in March 2009 and updated by Maureen Callahan on April 16, 2013 to incorporate a January 2012 accession. Interview transcripts were interfiled alphabetically with Series 1, mp3 recordings were incorporated alphabetically in Series 2, and CDs were copied to web-based storage at this time.

No materials were separated from this collection during processing in 2009 or 2012.

Publisher
Public Policy Papers
Finding Aid Author
Adriane Hanson
Finding Aid Date
2009
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These papers were processed with the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
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Scope and Contents

The Interview Transcripts series is composed of transcripts of interviews conducted by Gaddis in preparation for his authorized biography of George F. Kennan. Gaddis interviewed Kennan, his family, and his colleagues in the United States government and in academia. The interview topics span Kennan's entire life and include his family, education, years in the Foreign Service, and his career at the Institute for Advanced Study. Subjects of the interviews include Kennan's opinions on various world events and political issues, his experiences at the embassies where he served, notably in the Soviet Union, and with the Policy Planning Staff, his contributions to government policies and to scholarship, his opinions of various individuals, and general impressions about Kennan.

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Arranged alphabetically by interviewee.

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2 boxes

Ball, George W., 1987 October 12. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Berlin, Isaiah and Lady Berlin, 1992 November 29. 1 folder.
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Black, Cyril E, 1987 November 24. 1 folder.
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Bowie, Robert R, 1987 December 10. 1 folder.
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Bradt, Constance Kennan, 1982 November 13. 1 folder.
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Bundy, McGeorge, 1986 December 17. 1 folder.
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Bundy, William P. and Mary A., 1987 December 6. 1 folder.
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Cumming, Hugh S., Jr, 1984 April 17. 1 folder.
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Davies, John Paton, 1982 December 8. 1 folder.
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Davies, John Paton and Patricia, 1982 December 7. 1 folder.
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Dilworth, J. Richardson, 1987 December 6. 1 folder.
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Durbrow, Elbridge, 1982 September 24. 1 folder.
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Elliott, John H., 1992 December 7. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Fosdick, Dorothy, 1987 October 29. 1 folder.
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Franks, Oliver, Baron, 1987 August 1. 1 folder.
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Goodman, Constance, 1987 December 10. 1 folder.
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Harriman, W. Averell, 1982 September 24. 1 folder.
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Henderson, Loy W, 1982 September 25. 1 folder.
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Hessman, Dorothy, 1982 September 24. 1 folder.
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Hickerson, John D, 1983 November 15. 1 folder.
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Hotchkiss, Jeanette Kennan, 1982 December 21. 1 folder.
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Kennan, Annelise Sorensen, 1982 August 26. 1 folder.
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Kennan, Annelise Sorensen, 1983 September 8. 1 folder.
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Kennan, George, 1982 August 24-26. 1 folder.
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Kennan, George, 1983 September 7-8. 1 folder.
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Kennan, George, 1984 September 4-5. 1 folder.
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Kennan, George, 1991 January 30. 1 folder.
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Kennan, George and Annelise, 1987 December 13. 1 folder.
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Kennan, George and Annelise, 1995 December 13. 1 folder.
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Kennan, Kent, 1982 December 29. 1 folder.
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Link, Arthur S, 1984 September 5. 1 folder.
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Mautner, Martha, 1983 September 24. 1 folder.
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Nitze, Paul H, 1989 December 13. 1 folder.
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Roberts, Frank, Sir, 1993 March 15. 1 folder.
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Rusk, Dean, 1982 December 9. 1 folder.
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Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr, 1986 December 17. 1 folder.
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Thompson, Kenneth W, 1982 December 6. 1 folder.
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Taplin, Frank, 1987 December 5. 1 folder.
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Tucker, Robert C. and Eugenia, 1984 September 4. 1 folder.
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Tufts, Robert W, 1987 February 5. 1 folder.
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Ullman, Richard H, 1987 September 30. 1 folder.
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Von Oppen, Beate, 1982 August 27. 1 folder.
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Worobec, Frances Kennan, 1984 June 28. 1 folder.
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Scope and Contents

The Interview Recordings series contains recordings of interviews conducted by Gaddis in preparation for his authorized biography of George F. Kennan. The series includes recordings for all the interviews in Series 1 except for the interviews with Dean Rusk, Martha Mautner, Arthur M. Schlesinger, and Dorothy Fosdick. The recordings are on audio cassette tapes and each tape has been copied onto CD.

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Arranged alphabetically by interviewee.

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4 boxes

Ball, George W., 1987 October 12. 1 item.
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Berezhkov, V. M. (Valentin Mikhaĭlovich), 1991 September 21. 1 item.
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Berlin, Isaiah and Lady Berlin (Part 1), 1992 November 29. 1 item.
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Berlin, Isaiah and Lady Berlin (Part 2), 1992 November 29. 1 item.
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Black, Cyril E, 1987 November 24. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Bowie, Robert R, 1987 December 10. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Bradt, Constance Kennan, 1982 November 13. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Bundy, McGeorge, 1986 December 17. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Bundy, William P. and Mary A., 1987 December 6. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Cumming, Hugh S., Jr, 1984 April 17. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Davies, John Paton and Patricia, 1982 December 7. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Dilworth, J. Richardson, 1987 December 6. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Durbrow, Elbridge, 1982 September 24. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Elliott, John, 1992 December 7. 1 item.
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Franks, Oliver, Baron (Part 1), 1987 August 1. 1 item.
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Franks, Oliver, Baron (Part 2), 1987 August 1. 1 item.
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Goodman, Constance (Part 1), 1987 December 10. 1 item.
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Goodman, Constance (Part 2), 1987 December 10. 1 item.
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Harriman, W. Averell, 1982 September 24. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Henderson, Loy W, 1982 September 25. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hessman, Dorothy, 1982 September 24. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hickerson, John D, 1983 November 15. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hotchkiss, Jeanette Kennan, 1982 December 21. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Kennan, Annelise Sorensen, 1982 August 26. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Kennan, Annelise Sorensen, 1983 September 8. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Kennan, George, 1982 August 24-25. 1 folder.
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Kennan, George, 1982 August 26. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Kennan, George, 1983 September 7. 1 folder.
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Kennan, George, 1983 September 8. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Kennan, George, 1984 September 4. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Kennan, George, 1984 September 5. 1 folder.
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(When attempting to copy the tape in February 2010, Princeton found it to be blank.)

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1 folder

Kennan, George, 1987 December 13. 1 folder.
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Kennan, George, 1987 December 13. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Kennan, George (Part 1), 1991 January 30. 1 item.
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Kennan, George (Part 2), 1991 January 30. 1 item.
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Kennan, George and Annelise Sorensen Kennan (Part 1), 1995. 1 item.
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Kennan, George and Annelise Sorensen Kennan (Part 2), 1995. 1 item.
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Kennan, Kent, 1982 December 29. 1 folder.
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Link, Arthur S, 1984. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Nitze, Paul H, 1989 December 13. 1 folder.
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(When attempting to copy the tape in February 2010, Princeton found it to be inaudible and damaged.)

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1 folder

Roberts, Frank, Sir, 1993 March 15. 1 item.
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Smith, Janet (Part 1), 1999 August 18. 1 item.
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Smith, Janet (Part 2), 1999 August 18. 1 item.
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Taplin, Frank E. (Part 1), 1987 December 5. 1 item.
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Taplin, Frank E. (Part 2), 1987 December 5. 1 item.
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Taquay, Charles and Kitty (Part 1), 1991 March 27. 1 item.
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Taquay, Charles and Kitty (Part 2), 1991 March 27. 1 item.
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Taquay, Charles and Kitty (Part 3), 1991 March 27. 1 item.
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Thompson, Kenneth W, 1982 December 6. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Tucker, Robert C. and Eugenia, 1984 September 4. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Tufts, Robert W, 1987 February 5. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Ullman, Richard H, 1987 September 30. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Von Oppen, Beate, 1982 August 27. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Willett, Edward F., undated. 1 item.
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Worobec, Frances Kennan, 1984 June 28. 1 folder.
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