Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

Carter LibraryMy second research trip of 2015 was to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. I previously visited the library in 2013 when doing researching for my Masters however that was just a fleeting trip and my first visit as a PhD candidate was much more significant. The library ask that you email prior to your visit and once you arrive they are friendly and hospitable. Particularly the lady at the reception desk! Registration is a breeze and once you are issued a researchers card, you are good to go. When I arrived the first time in 2013, they provided me with a list of materials that maybe of interest which was particularly helpful. There is always an archivist on hand to handle any queries you have and the ordering of materials is relatively straightforward. The library research room can seem a bit daunting at first however there is everything you need there and help is always at hand.

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Sterling Memorial Library

SterlingMy first research trip of 2015 took me to New Haven, Connecticut and the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University to look at the papers of former U.S. Secretary of State, Cyrus R. Vance. Registration was straightforward and there were no issues at all. Prior to visiting you will need to register with AEON and order the materials from there because the documents I wished to view were not held on site. The process is fairly simple and as the finding aids are online you can get a better idea what materials you may wish to order. Whilst viewing the finding aid, you can simply click request box and a request is generated. The Cyrus R. and Grace Sloane Vance papers are housed in the Sterling Memorial Library. The Gothic style building is just a stone’s throw away from the law building where Vance was talked and just down the road is the Scroll and Key tomb where the secret society met of which Vance was a member.

The collection was created in the 1990s but materials have gradually been donated by the family since Vance and his wife Grace passed away. The collection is divided into several series and of particular interest are the two collections relating to the Kennedy/Johnson administrations and the Carter administration which cover a range of topics. Other series contain personal and routine correspondence throughout the years, Vance’s professional activities between 1957 and 1992, the papers of Mrs Vance, photographs, scrapbooks, clippings, objects and memorabilia and audio and video tapes. Most of the collection is available to researchers while some have remained classified. Due to age, some of the audio and video tape materials may not be able to listen to or viewed.

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My name is Christopher Wallis and I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Northumbria where I’m currently writing my thesis on the foreign policy of the Carter Administration, 1977-1981 working under the supervision of Prof. Sylvia Ellis and Dr. Michael Cullinane.

My research focuses on the internal debates within the Carter Administration. Specifically, the relationship between Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and National Security Zbigniew Brzezinski.

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