Special Collections, Archives
- The manuscript collections of the National Defense University
Library have been established in response to an urgent need for
organizing and preserving a vital collection of primary source materials.
Growing both in scope and quality, these collections hold potential
for significant and extensive research. Primarily comprising the
papers of twentieth-century military, naval, and diplomatic leaders,
the manuscript collections offer scholars a unique opportunity for
- Foremost among the papers of former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff are those of General Lyman L. Lemnitzer, Colin L. Powell,
John M. Shalikashvili, and Maxwell D. Taylor. Supreme Allied Commanders,
Europe, are represented by the papers of Generals Lemnitzer, Andrew
J. Goodpaster, Bernard W. Rogers, John R. Galvin, George A. Joulwan,
and Wesley K. Clark
- General Lyman L. Lemnitzer's papers cover the years 1952-1969,
reflecting his responsibilities as Army Deputy Chief of Staff
for Plans and Research, 1952-1955; his commands in the Far East,
1955-1957; as Army Vice Chief of Staff, 1957-1959; as Army Chief
of Staff, 1959-1960; and as Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff,
1960-1962. A large segment of the 75 linear feet in this collection
covers his service a USCINCEUR, 1962-1969, and as SACEUR, 1963-1969.
- General Colin L. Powell's papers represent primarily his tenure
as Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1989-1993, supplemented
by documents, photographs, articles, and artifacts reflecting
his career prior to his appointment as Chairman and following
his retirement, CJCS. Complementing this collection are the
papers of Admiral David E. Jeremiah, Admiral William A. Owens,
and General Joseph W. Ralston, former Vice Chairmen, Joint Chiefs
of Staff. Restricted access.
- General Maxwell D. Taylor's papers represent his military
and diplomatic career from World War II through July, 1986,
when he made his last public appearance at National Defense
University. The bulk of his papers cover the period 1961-1969,
reflecting General Taylor's responsibilities as Military Representative
to President Kennedy, 1961-1962; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, 1962-1964; Ambassador to South Vietnam, 1964-1965;
and as Consultant to President Johnson, 1965-1969. The remainder
of the collection covers his activities from World War II until
his retirement as Army Chief of Staff in 1959; and subsequent
to 1969. Page proofs and pre-publication comments on his book
SWORDS AND PLOWSHARES are also available. Restricted access.
d. General John R. Galvin's papers represent his career as SACEUR,
1987-1992. Restricted access.
- General Andrew J. Goodpaster's papers comprise about 40 linear
feet of correspondence, messages and speeches for the period
1968-1974, covering his duty as Deputy Commanding General, USMACV,
1968-1969; as USCINCEUR and SACEUR, 1969-1974. Restricted access.
- General Bernard W. Rogers' papers comprise 121 linear feet
of correspondence, speeches, calendars, messages, memos, tapes,
and photographs. Documenting General Rogers' career from 1967
as Assistant Division Commander, lst Infantry Division in Vietnam,
the papers continue through 1988, including his career as Commander,
U.S. Army Forces Command, 1974-1976; Army Chief of Staff, 1976-1979;
and SACEUR, 1979-1987. Restricted access.
- The CINCS are represented by the papers of Generals Paul D.
Adams, CINC US STRIKECOM; Barry R. McCaffrey, CINC SOUTHCOM;
James P. McCarthy, CINC EUCOM; and Robert W. RisCassi, CINC
U.N. Command, South Korea.
- Working archival collections from the Hudson Institute, the Presidential
Commission on Women in Combat, the Title V Report to Congress on
the Conduct of the Persian Gulf War, Civil Affairs in the Persian
Gulf, and the Skelton Panel on Military Education also are available
for research in Special Collections.
- Former National War College faculty, Dr. Ralph L. Powell and Dr.
Richard W. Van Wagenen have likewise donated major research collections.
Dr. Powell, a preeminent authority on China, donated both his papers
and his library on the Far East. Dr. Van Wagenen, a former Director,
Center for Research of World Political Institutions, Princeton,
donated papers relating to the Allied Control Authority for Germany,
- Collections with emphasis on mobilization, transportation, and
logistics are the papers of Mr. Bernard Baruch, Mr. J. Carlton Ward,
Jr., and General Frank S. Besson, Jr. In the collection of correspondence
between Mr. Baruch and Mr. Julius A. Krug, Secretary of the Interior
during the Truman Administration, Baruch discusses domestic resource
policies, the necessity for studying industrial preparedness, the
need for an industrial mobilization plan, and the problem of adequate
authority during times of an emergency. A guiding founder of the
Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Mr. Ward donated a collection
of his speeches and papers on the aircraft industry during World
War II, accompanied by letters from such luminaries as Secretary
James Forrestal and General J. Lawton Collins. General Besson was
the first commander of the Army Materiel Command; the papers reflect
his career as Chief of the Allied Military Rail Service in Iran
during World War II, overseer of the Japanese railway system after
World War II, and Director of AMTRAK.
- Supplementing the library of the noted military historian, Mr.
Hoffman Nickerson, is a collection of records regarding his service
in the Army Intelligence Service, Chaumont, France, 1917-1918, together
with manuscripts for publications on historical/military subjects.
- Mr. Fred Hoffman, a former defense correspondent for the Associated
Press, has donated his papers spanning his distinguished career
from World War II through 1987.
- The papers of Dr. Alfred H. Hausrath, Chief, Military Gaming Division,
Research Analysis Corporation, represent the history of wargaming.
- Significant collections have been donated by the command, faculty,
and students of the University and its constituent colleges: Rear
Admiral William G. Ammon, NWC Deputy Commandant; Major General Theodore
Antonelli, ICAF Commandant; Vice Admiral Marmaduke G. Bayne, NWC
Commandant and NDU President; Major General John S. Cowings; Major
General Richard L. Engel; Lieutenant General Bradley C. Hosmer,
NDU President; Major General Stan L. McClellan, ICAF class of 1968;
Lieutenant General John S. Pustay, NDU President; Lieutenant General
Ervin G. Rokke; Rear Admiral Jerome F. Smith, Jr., ICAF Commandant;
Major General Hamilton A. Twitchell, NWC Class of 1954; Major General
Albin G. Wheeler, ICAF Commandant; and Lieutenant General Walter
J. Woolwine, ICAF Commandant.
- The material formats comprising these collections are as varied
as their subject strengths. Included are correspondence, diaries,
legal documents, speeches, articles, and other written materials
in addition to photographs, scrapbooks, memorabilia, audio-visual
materials, maps, works of art, uniforms, and artifacts. Portions
of these collections may be classified or restricted.