Henry Kissinger Donates Papers to Yale

Henry Kissinger Donates Papers to Yale


Nixon-era diplomat bequeaths personal collection to new center.

Arguably, he is one of the most important American diplomats of the 20th century, the man who helped broker an end to the Vietnam War and set policy with the Soviet Union. Although Vietnam eventually fell to the communists, the Soviet Union later dissolved. That man is Henry Kissinger who, at 88 is still be called on to settle disputes, most recently to help reform FIFA, the international governing body for futbol or soccer.

On Tuesday, Kissinger announced that he was donating his papers to Yale University. The New Haven, Conn. school accepted, and plans to add Kissinger’s documents to its archives of 20th century American leaders. Yale holds diplomatic papers from some of the more renowned people of the past century including Cyrus Vance, Henry Stimson and Edward House.

The Johnson Center

Kissinger’s collection, which includes more than one million documents and objects will serve as the foundation for the newly established Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy at Yale. That center was made possible by a gift from Charles B. Johnson who is the Chairman of the Board of Franklin Resources. The Kissinger announcement was made with Yale President Richard C. Levin on hand.

Said Levin, “Yale is honored to be chosen as the home for the papers of Dr. Kissinger, who has been among the major figures of the past century in shaping U.S. foreign policy.  The papers will provide an extraordinary resource for future scholarship, and we are deeply grateful to Charlie Johnson for providing funds to support the maintenance of the Kissinger Archives as well as scholarship and teaching in the field of diplomacy.”

Said Kissinger, “I am extremely pleased to be associated with Yale in this important new initiative. My two children attended Yale College, and I have participated for many years in the teaching of Yale’s extraordinary program in Grand Strategy. With its remarkable array of academic programs and library collections in world affairs, as well as its established involvement with practitioners of international security and diplomacy, Yale will make a superb home for my papers.”

Kissinger Highlights

Besides serving as U.S. Secretary of State from 1973 to 1977, Kissinger was also the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Born in Germany, Kissinger came to America in 1938 and served in World War II. Kissinger was a member of Harvard’s faculty from 1954 to 1971 and was the recipient of three awards of international acclaim: the Nobel Peace Prize (1973), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977), and the Medal of Liberty (1986).


Yale University; Yale to Receive Kissinger Papers and Establish the Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy; June 14, 2011


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