Based near the University of Maryland, I approached researching at NARA II with much trepidation having heard accounts from others who had encountered problems during their visit. For my experience, I encountered few problems in what was my final archival research visit as a PhD student. My next archival visit, will be as a post […]

“It was a recipe for struggles” Cyrus Vance, Zbigniew Brzezinski and the Decision Making Structure of the Carter Administration When the Carter administration entered office on January 20, 1977 there was growing speculation in the newspaper press that President Carter’s two key foreign policy advisors, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and National Security Advsior Zbigniew […]

Based about ten miles north east of Atlanta, Georgia, the Jimmy Carter library houses twenty-seven million pages of materials relating to the Carter presidency.The library is one of three interconnected buildings located on site, the other two are the museum and the Carter Center, a not-for-profit human rights organisation run by the president. A colleague […]

Over the past year during my various trips to the United States I’ve been fortunate enough to conduct seven oral histories with former members of the Carter administration. Oral history is a common form of research and I am luckier than some of my fellow PhD students in having the ability to do this. The experience […]

“They were at sword’s point from day one” Cyrus Vance, Zbigniew Brzezinski and the Bureaucratic Wars of the Carter administration. When Jimmy Carter became president, he declared his intention to forge ahead with a new Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT II) with the Soviet Union, stating: “we will move this year a step toward our […]

In the centre of Washington D.C., opposite the Capitol Building and down the street from the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress claims to be the largest library in the world with ‘164 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves’ according to their website housing a wide range of artefacts from U.S. history. Getting […]

Named after the philanthropist, Seeley G. Mudd, the library lies in the heart of the university town of Princeton, New Jersey. The library holds 45,000 feet of archived materials including files from the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Civil Liberties Union as well as distinguished individuals such as former US President Woodrow Wilson, […]