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Jeane J. Kirkpatrick papers

Identifier: WHC-M-2842

Scope and Contents

Diplomat. Papers (1961-2002) of Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, who served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and foreign policy adviser to U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan in the 1980s. The papers include U.N. correspondence (1974-1992), speeches (1980-1992), subject and country files (1961-1999), and newspaper clippings (1973-1997). The collection also contains audio and visual recordings (1985-2002), and memorabilia (1979-2001). The materials highlight Ambassador Kirkpatrick’s service in the United Nations and her work as a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.


  • Creation: 1961-2002


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Restrictions on Access

Open for public research. This collection is located at the Library Service Center. Request via Sooner Xpress to view at the Western History Collections.

Biographical / Historical

Kirkpatrick was born Jeane Duane Jordan in Duncan, Oklahoma, in 1926, to Welcher F. Jordan and Leona (Kile) Jordan. She spent her early years in Duncan, and in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, and later earned degrees from Stephens College, Barnard College, and Columbia University. She married Evron Kirkpatrick in 1955 and they had three children. In her early career she was active in politics and was a political science professor at Georgetown University. She became a foreign policy adviser to President Ronald W. Reagan during his 1980 campaign, and was the first American woman to serve as ambassador to the United Nations in 1981-1985. Kirkpatrick was a forceful advocate of U.S. policies. In the mid-1980s she was involved in the Iran-Contra Affair, a political scandal in which weapons were secretly sold to Iran and the funds diverted to Contra rebels in Nicaragua. Ambassador Kirkpatrick wrote a syndicated column, numerous articles, and several books. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985, and in 1993 she cofounded Empower America, a conservative public policy organization. She died in Maryland in 2006.


44.66 Cubic Feet

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Jeane J. Kirkpatrick.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Jeane J. Kirkpatrick. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--2004.

Processing Information

Processed by Barbara McClurkin

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Repository Details

Part of the Western History Collections Repository

630 Parrington Oval
Room 300
Norman Oklahoma 73019 United States