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Papers — Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)


Dwight D. Eisenhower

Two important collections of Eisenhower papers exist: the official collection of Public Papers, published by the National Archives, and his collected papers, published by The Johns Hopkins University Press. The National Archives edition is limited to Eisenhower's eight years in the White House and includes only official public messages (e.g. speeches, press conferences, public statements). The Johns Hopkins edition is a selective edition covering Eisenhower's career from the beginning of the Second World War through his Presidency and includes personal and official declassified correspondence and documents. The correspondence in the Johns Hopkins edition is limited to outgoing correspondence by Eisenhower. Johns Hopkins has recently published a prequel to their Eisenhower Papers covering his prewar writings.

In addition to these two multi-volume editions, there exist a number of single volume collections of Eisenhower papers that may be of interest to researchers.

  • Public Papers of the Presidents: Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961) 8 vols. These papers are also available online through the The American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
  • Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower (1941-1961) 21 vols. The 21 volume Johns Hopkins edition of Eisenhower's papers are divided into to 7 distinct series:
    The War Years (vols. 1-5)
    Occupation, 1945 (vol. 6)
    The Chief of Staff (vols. 7-9)
    Columbia University (vols. 10-11)
    NATO and the Campaign of 1952 (vols. 12-13)
    The Presidency: The Middle Way (vols. 14-17)
    The Presidency: Keeping the Peace (vols. 18-21)
  • Eisenhower: The Prewar Diaries and Selected Papers (1905-1941). A single volume collection of Eisenhower's prewar papers published by Johns Hopkins. This volume supplements the multi-volume Johns Hopkins edition above.
  • Dear General: Eisenhower's Wartime Letters to Marshall. All of the correspondence in this volume is available in the Johns Hopkins edition of papers above.
  • The Churchill-Eisenhower Correspondence, 1953-1955. Many, but not all of Eisenhower's letters are duplicated in the Johns Hopkins edition above; however, unlike the Johns Hopkins edition, this collection of correspondence includes incoming correspondence from Churchill.
  • Ike's Letters to a Friend, 1941-1958. Eisenhower discusses a variety of issues with childhood friend Edward E. Hazlett
  • Letters to Mamie. Eisenhower's correspondence to his wife.
  • The Eisenhower Diaries. This single volume was published in 1981 and edited by Robert Ferrell. Its contents are included in the Johns Hopkins editions above.

For non-published material the best source for Eisenhower papers is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library. Much of the most important material from Eisenhower's Presidential files is available on microfilm at research institutions throughout the United States, including Alderman Library at the University of Virginia through which the Scripps Library has access; please contact the Scripps Library for more information about its location and availability.