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  • Biographical Note
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  • Title: Seymour Weiss papers
    Date (inclusive): 1943-1998
    Collection Number: 99004
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 27 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (11.6 linear feet)
    Abstract: The papers document Seymour Weiss’s long career as an analyst at the U.S. Department of State. Working closely with his counterparts in the Department of Defense, Weiss specialized in the fields of nuclear strategy and arms control. The bulk of his papers consist of correspondence, memoranda, and reports, among which are numerous studies of the strength of the Soviet military and analyses of treaties such as the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaties (SALT I and II).
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Weiss, Seymour.

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Seymour Weiss papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1999.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1925 May 15 Born, Chicago, Illinois
    1968-1969 Director, Office of Strategic Research and Intelligence, U.S. Department of State
    1972-1973 Deputy Director, Policy Planning Staff, U.S. Department of State
    1973-1974 Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State
    1974-1976 U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas
    1992 Died

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers document Seymour Weiss’s long career as an analyst at the U.S. Department of State. Working closely with his counterparts in the Department of Defense, Weiss specialized in the fields of nuclear strategy and arms control. The bulk of his papers consist of correspondence, memoranda, and reports, among which are numerous studies of the strength of the Soviet military and analyses of treaties such as the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaties (SALT I and II).
    Weiss was skeptical about Soviet intentions and any agreements to limit or reduce the nuclear arsenal of the United States. In the late 1970s, Weiss was part of the Team B undertaking, in which a group of outside experts looked at the question of the size and nature of Soviet nuclear forces. Team B produced a classified report that diverged from those prepared by the U.S. government. Materials related to Team B can be found in the Subject File. Weiss also served as an advisor to the Reagan presidential transition team, and materials related to this can be found in the Subject File.
    The papers also include the many opinion pieces that Weiss wrote after leaving government service. These were published in newspapers like The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times and focused largely on various arms control initiatives and the process of détente with the Soviet Union. Weiss remained hawkish in his views and was critical of any accommodation of the Soviet Union on the part of the United States.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United States. Dept. of State.
    Arms control.
    Nuclear weapons.
    Security, International.
    United States--Defenses.
    United States--Foreign relations--1969-1974.
    United States--Military policy.