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Public Policy Papers

Housed within the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, the Public Policy Papers include over 250 collections documenting individuals and organizations that played a significant role in the areas of 20th-century American foreign policy (especially the Cold War), politics, jurisprudence, and public policy formation, as well as international development. 

Collections of interest include the papers or records of:

American Civil Liberties Union

Hamilton Fish Armstrong

James A. Baker III

George W. Ball

Council on Foreign Relations 

Allen W. Dulles

John Foster Dulles

John Marshall Harlan

George F. Kennan

David E. Lilienthal

George S. McGovern

Adlai E. Stevenson

And more than 30 collections related to Woodrow Wilson


Collection Strengths

  • American History/20th Century

    Examples of papers in our collections include the Adlai E. Stevenson Papers, Allen Dulles Papers, John Foster Dulles Papers, American Civil Liberties Unions Records, Bernard Baruch Papers, Council on Foreign Relations Records, David E. Lilienthal Papers and more.

  • Cold War
  • Diplomacy

    Princeton holdings are particularly strong in in documenting the architects of the Cold War and include the papers of Hamilton Fish Armstrong, James A. Baker III, George W. Ball, Bernard M. Baruch, Allen W. Dulles, John Foster Dulles, James V. Forrestal, George F. Kennan, David E.

  • Economic history
  • International organizations

    Collections include the Adlai E. Stevenson Papers, Athur Bullard, Bernard Baruch Papers, David E. Lilienthal Papers, Freedom House Records, Hugh Moore Fund, United Service to China and more.

  • Legal history

    Collections include the American Civil Liberties Union Records, Americans United for Separation of Church and State Records, Fund for the Republic Records, John Marshall Harlan Papers, Roger Nash Baldwin Papers.

  • Middle East

    To find materials related to the Middle East in the Public Policy Papers please use the View Finding Aids Collections button.

  • Native American History

    The Records of the Association on American Indian Affairs (MC147) document the corporate life of an influential and resilient player in the history of twentieth-century Native American advocacy.

  • Political cartoons

    The collections include color boards during World War I,original drawings, including a significant number by Charles Lewis Bartholomew, Otho Cushing, Homer C. Davenport, John Tinney McCutcheon, and Frank Arthur Nankivell, Alois Derso, Emery Kelen (1920 and 1950) and William H.

  • 20th century public policy

    Princeton holdings are particularly strong in the area of civil liberties including the records on the American Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause, and Freedom House.

  • World War I

    Related Sources in the Public Policy Collections (selected)

    American Committee for Devastated France Records, 1919-1926

  • World War I

    Collections about World War II at Princeton include personal remembrances by participants in that conflict, the records of organizations that intervened to promote particular policy aims during the war, and records of organizations that participated in post-war reconstruction.