Robert S. McNamara papers, 1934-2009 (bulk 1968-2005)

McNamara, Robert S.,. 1916-2009


93,500 items.
268 containers plus 5 classified and 2 oversize.
107.2. linear feet.
Arranged in 2 parts composed of seventeen series.
Part I arranged in eight series. Series 1: Correspondence, 1964-1996; Series 2: World Bank, 1958-1997; Series 3: Organizations, 1968-2002; Series 4: Subject File, 1960-2003; Series 5: Speeches and Writings, 1961-2000; Series 6: Miscellany, 1965-1998; Series 7: Classified, 1968-1992; and Series 8: Oversize, 1973-1974.
Part II arranged in nine series. Series 1: World Bank, 1967-2005; Series 2: Organizations, 1969-2006; Series 3: Subject File, 1946-2006; Series 4: Speeches and Writings, 1934-2006; Series 5: Miscellany, 1960-2009; Series 6: Classified, 1962-2002; Series 7: Top Secret, 1963-1967, 2000; Series 8: Sensitive Compartmented Information, 1962; and Series 9: Oversize, 1994.
Correspondence, memoranda, speeches, writings, reports, oral history transcripts, organization records, subject files, conferences and meetings files, background and research material, and other papers relating primarily to McNamara's private and public life following his service as U.S. secretary of defense, including his leadership of the World Bank, his role as counselor and adviser to various private corporations and nonprofit organizations and foundations, and his commentary on and advocacy for solutions to the critical domestic and foreign policy issues of the times. Includes drafts of his books, In Retrospect : The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam (1995) and Argument Without End : In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy (1999) as well as drafts of Wilson's Ghost : Reducing the Risk of Conflict, Killing, and Catastrophe in the 21st Century co-written by McNamara and James G. Blight (2001).
Subjects include arms control and nuclear policy; defense; domestic and international politics; East-West relations; economic policy; education, food, and health programs; environment; geopolitical issues; international development; onchocerciasis (river blindness); population; poverty; Third World countries in Africa and elsewhere; war and peace; and world hunger. Other subjects include McNamara's legacy as a leading strategist of the Vietnam War, the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, and Westmoreland v. CBS et al., 1984-1985.
Documents McNamara's association with organizations and conferences including the African Development Bank, Aspen Institute, Atlantic Council of the United States, Battelle Memorial Institute, Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Corning Incorporated, Council on Foreign Relations, Drug Strategies, East African Development Bank, Eminent Persons Group on Curbing Illicit Trafficking in Small Arms and Light Weapons, Enterprise Foundation, Global Coalition for Africa, Henry L. Stimson Center, Honorary Presidential Advisory Council on Investment in Nigeria, Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, InterAction Council, International Irrigation Management Institute, National Committee on United States-China Relations, Overseas Development Council, Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs, Rockefeller Foundation, Trilateral Commission, Urban Institute, World Food Prize Foundation, and World Resources Institute.
Correspondents include Graham T. Allison, James G. Blight, McGeorge Bundy, William P. Bundy, Lloyd N. Cutler, Alain C. Enthoven, Orville L. Freeman, Kurt Gottfried, Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward Harriman, W. Averell Harriman, Paul Hendrickson, Henry Kissinger, Frans M. Lurvink, Helmut Schmidt, Sargent Shriver, Gerard C. Smith, Carl E. Taylor, Stewart L. Udall, Cyrus R. Vance, and Barbara Ward.
U.S. secretary of defense, president of World Bank, and corporate executive. Full name: Robert Strange McNamara.
Open to research.
Classified, in part.
Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Roman numeral designating the Part followed by a colon and container number, Robert S. McNamara Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C..
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Collection material in English.
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