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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Related Materials
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Richard V. Allen papers
    Date (inclusive): 1948-1999
    Collection Number: 2007C17
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 122 manuscript boxes, 10 oversize boxes (60 linear feet)
    Abstract: Contains correspondence, speeches, interviews, legal files, subject files, photographs, audio and video recordings, clippings, and notes relating to Allen's work in American politics and government. As a specialist in security and foreign policy, Allen worked on the Nixon and Reagan campaigns and held posts on the National Security Council under each of them. Topics of note include: Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Richard Nixon, foreign policy, national security, political campaigns, Iran hostage crisis, Republican National Committee, libel and media abuses, Korea, and Taiwan.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Allen, Richard V.

    Access

    The collection is open for research, though the following boxes are closed: boxes 3, 13-18 from the Correspondence series, boxes 36-42 from the Campaign and transition files, boxes 51-53 from the White House files, boxes 60-61 from the Committee files, box 77 from the Legal files, and boxes 85-88 from the Publicity series. The audiocassette of the Albosta/Debategate interview of Richard Allen in box 105 is also closed.
    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], Richard V. Allen papers, 1961-1999., [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives.

    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.

    Related Materials

    Ronald Reagan subject collection, Hoover Institution Archives
    Robert E. McCarthy papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    1981 Presidential Inaugural Committee records, Hoover Institution Archives
    Joseph Shattan papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Fred Charles Iklé papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Annelise Graebner Anderson papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Deaver and Hannaford records, Hoover Institution Archives

    Biographical/Historical Note

    1 January 1936 Born, Collingswood, New Jersey
    1957 B.A. from University of Notre Dame
    28 December 1957 Marries Patricia Ann Mason
    1958 M.A. in Political Science from University of Notre Dame
    1958-1961 Lecturer, University of Maryland, Overseas Division
    1961-1962 Assistant professor of social sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
    1962-1966 Research principal and chairman of study program on communism, Georgetown University Center for Strategic Studies
    1963 (Editor with David M. Abshire) National Security: Political, Military, and Economic Strategies in the Decade Ahead,Praeger
    1964 Publication of <title render="italic">Peaceful Coexistence: A Communist Blueprint for Victory</title>, American Bar Association
      (Co-author) <title render="italic">East-West Trade: Its Strategic Implications, Center for Strategic Studies</title>, Georgetown University
    1966 Publication of Peace or Peaceful Coexistence?American Bar Association
    1966-1968 Senior staff member, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
    1967-1968 Senior foreign policy advisor, Nixon-Agnew campaign committee
    1967 Author (with Hal Bartlett and Kenneth Colegrove) of Democracy and Communism: Theory and Action, Van Nostrand
    1969 Senior staff member, National Security Council
      (Editor) <title render="italic">Yearbook on International Communist Affairs</title>, Hoover Institute Press
    1969-1971 Vice president of International Resources Ltd.
    1970-1972 Member, Presidential Commission on International Trade and Economic Policy
    1971-1972 Deputy executive director, Council on International Economic Policy, and deputy assistant to the President on International Economic Affairs
    1972-1981 President of Potomac International Corp.
    1978-1980 Senior foreign policy advisor to Ronald Reagan
    1981-1982 Assistant for national security affairs (National Security Advisor) to President Reagan
    1982- President, Richard V. Allen Co.
      Distinguished fellow and chairman, Asian Studies Center, Heritage Foundation
    1983- Senior fellow, Hoover Institution

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Richard V. Allen papers contain correspondence, speeches, interviews, legal files, subject files, photographs, audio and video recordings, clippings, and notes relating to Allen's work in United States politics and government. As a specialist in security and foreign policy, Allen worked on the Nixon and Reagan campaigns and held posts in the National Security Council under each of them. Topics of note include: Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Richard Nixon, trade policy, foreign policy, national security, political campaigns, Iran hostage crisis, Republican National Committee, libel and media abuses, Korea, and Taiwan.
    The Allen papers provide evidence of Richard V. Allen's longstanding relationship with the Republican Party, his working relationship with two presidents, and his subsequent role in the public sphere as a consultant and commentator. Allen began his career in academia and spent the bulk of the 1960s writing about communism. This period is not well documented in the collection. This background aided Allen as he left academia for the chance to shape public policy; Allen worked on the presidential campaigns of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan as an expert in foreign policy and national security, then assumed responsibilities at the National Security Council under each of the two presidents. The Correspondenceand Campaign and transition filesdocument Allen's work for both President Nixon and President Reagan, and the White House filesprovide further details of Allen's tenure as National Security Advisor under President Reagan.
    Allen's continuous interest in political life and public policy is reflected in the Committee files, which document his relationships in the 1970s with the Council on International Economic Policy and Republican National Committee, and in the Subject files, which encompass a variety of topics of interest to Allen including the Iran hostage crisis and Presidents Nixon, Reagan, and G.H.W. Bush. The Speeches and writings, Publicity, and Audiovisual materialseries all document Allen's role in the public sphere as analyst and commentator, especially after he left his position as National Security Advisor in 1981. The Legal filesrecord Allen's testimony before various congressional committees, and also cover his struggles with the press in the wake of his resignation from public office. Together, the Calendarsseries and the Invitationsseries illustrate both Allen's work and social life.
    The Photographsseries provides an excellent cross-section of Allen's entire career. It includes materials depicting Allen's work at the White House, his appearances on the television show Inside Washington, his travels to Asia, speaking engagements, social events, and visits with leaders of other countries, especially Taiwan and South Korea.

    Arrangement

    The collection is organized into 13 series: Correspondence, 1962-1987; Campaign and transition files, 1967-1984; White House files, 1979-1989; Subject files, 1968-1999; Committee files, 1969-1984; Speeches and writings, 1961-1999; Legal files, 1971-1999; Publicity Materials, 1945-1999; Calendars, 1971-1998; Invitations, 1981, 1986; Declassified U.S. government records, 1975-1980; Photographs, 1968-1999; Audiovisual material, 1948-1999.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    National Security Council (U.S.)
    Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994.
    Reagan, Ronald.
    Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
    Iran Hostage Crisis, 1979-1981.
    Phonotapes.
    Photographs.
    Presidents--United States--Election--1968.
    Presidents--United States--Election--1980.
    United States--Defenses.
    United States--Foreign relations--1945-1989.
    United States--Foreign relations--1981-1989.
    United States--Politics and government.
    Video tapes.