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Guide to the Mark Bowden Papers, 1972-2004

Abstract

Author, journalist, screenwriter, and adjunct professor at Loyola College in Maryland.

Papers contain research materials for Bowden's book about the Iran hostage crisis (1979-1981), published as Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam (NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2006). Materials include interview transcripts with American hostages, Iranian hostage takers, and members of the United States military who were involved in the 1980 rescue attempt. Collection also contains many research files and clippings.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Bowden, Mark, 1951-
Title
Mark Bowden papers 1972-2004
Language of Material
English
Extent
11.4 Linear Feet, 7125 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Mark Bowden Papers span the dates 1972-2004, and contain research materials for Bowden's book about the Iran hostage crisis (1979-1981), published as Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam (NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2006). Materials include transcripts of Bowden's interviews with many dozens of individuals, including American hostages, Iranian hostage takers, and members of the United States military who were involved in the 1980 rescue attempt. Also present in the collection are extensive bound notebooks of press clippings, and many research files. These files contain documents related to the U.S. government's role in the hostage crisis and its relations with Iran, as well as articles by other authors on Iran and the hostage crisis. Specific materials can be found on the CIA, the Department of Defense, and President Carter's administration.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Electronic files are present in this collection; please consult with a reference archivist for access to these materials.

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Contents of the Collection

Arranged alphabetically by last name. Consists primarily of two periods during which Bowden carried out interviews: 1982-1984 and 2002-2004. Original electronic media have been removed and files have been mounted to a library server; for access to these materials please consult with a reference archivist before coming to use the collection.

Ahern
(2 folders)
Box 1
Alavitabar
Box 1
Asgharzadeh
Box 1
Bani-Sadr
Box 1
Barnes
Box 1
Belk
Box 1
Brooks

[Disk removed.]

Box 1
Brzezinski
Box 1
Cheney

[Disk removed.]

Box 1
Cooke

[2 CDs removed.]

Box 1
Daugherty
(Folders 1-3 of 4)
Box 1
Daugherty
(Folders 1-3 of 4)
Box 2
Dehnamaki
Box 2
Doroski
Box 2
Dwyer

[CD removed.]

Box 2
Ebtekar
Box 2
Engelmann
Box 2
Farouz
Box 2
Fitch
Box 2
Gallegos
Box 2
German
Box 2
Golocinski
(3 folders)
Box 2
Graves
Box 2
Hall
( 2 folders)
Box 3
Hanson
Box 3
Hashemi, Mohamed

[CD removed]

Box 3
Hashemi, Taha
Box 3
Hermening
Box 3
Holland
Box 3
Hohman
Box 3
Howland, John
Box 3
Howland, Mike

[Disk removed]

Box 3
Hughes
Box 4
Jones
Box 4
Kalp
Box 4
Kashani
Box 4
Kavakebian
Box 4
Kennedy
Box 4
Keough
Box 4
Kirtley
Box 4
Koob
Box 4
Kupke
Box 4
Laingen
Box 4
Lee
Box 4
Lenehan
Box 4
Lewis
Box 4
Lijek
Box 5
Limbert
(2 folders)
Box 5
Lopez
Box 5
Maazroei
Box 5
Metrinko
Box 5
Mingo
Box 5
Moadikhah
Box 5
Morefield
Box 5
Nabari
Box 6
Naiimipoor
Box 6
Needham
Box 6
Nightengale
Box 6
Ode
(3 folders)
Box 6
Persinger
Box 6
Pitman
Box 6
Prater
Box 6
Precht
Box 6
Quarles
Box 6
Queen
Box 7
Rajaeefar
Box 7
Razavi-Faqih
Box 7
Roeder
Box 7
Rosen
Box 7
Rotundo
Box 7
Royer

[Disk removed]

Box 7
Savory
Box 7
Schaefer, Jim

[Disk removed.]

Box 7
Schaefer, Thomas
Box 7
Schatz
Box 7
Schoomaker

[2 disks and 1 CD removed.]

Box 8
Scott

[Disk removed.]

Box 8
Scurria
Box 8
Sharer
Box 8
Shariatmadari
Box 8
Sharsar
Box 8
Sickman
Box 8
Smith
Box 8
Subic

[Mini Disc removed.]

Box 8
Tabatabai
Box 8
Taheri
Box 8
Tajzadeh
Box 8
Timm
Box 8
Tomseth
Box 9
Turner
Box 9
Uttaro
(2 folders)
Box 9
Vaught
Box 9
Walton
Box 9
Yazoi
Box 9

Consists primarily of research materials for the book Guests of the Ayatollah. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Abdi, Abbas
Box 9
Bitaraf, Habibollah
Box 9
Bound newspaper articles, 1979 Nov.-1979 Dec.
Box 9
Bound newspaper articles, 1979 Dec.-1980 Apr.
Box 10
Bound newspaper articles, 1980 Apr.-1980 Aug.
Box 11
Bound newspaper articles, 1980 Sept.-1980 Nov.
Box 12
Bound newspaper articles, 1980 Dec.-1981 Jan.
Box 13
Buck, Peter, The Iranian Rescue Mission: a Case Study
Box 13
Carter, Jimmy

Includes correspondence, handwritten notes, speeches, and Pentagon chronology.

Box 14
CIA documents, 1981
Box 14
Clippings, 1979-1981
(2 folders)
Box 14
Correspondence, presidential

Includes Jimmy Carter, Rosalyn Carter and then-Governor Bill Clinton.

Box 14
Current Iran, 2003
(3 folders)
Box 14
CIA, 1979-1980
Box 14
Jimmy Carter and the decision to admit the Shah of Iran into the United States: Confustion and Questions Linger, 2003
Box 14
Desert One

Includes articles, Department of Defense briefing, Iranian report, House hearing testimony and other documents.

(5 folders)
Box 14
Diplomatic chronology, 1979-1981
Box 15
Dwyer, Cynthia

Consists of correspondence, poems and a selection from memoir Women Imprisioned in the Kingdom of Mullahs.

Box 15
Friday prayer, 2003 Sept. 28
Box 15
News articles and embassy files
(vols. 1 and 3)
Box 15
Outline, revised
Box 15
Holloway Commission Report, 1980 Aug. 23
(2 folders)
Box 15
Hostage photos
Box 15
Hostage takers
Box 16
Iran book
Box 16
Iranian propaganda effort after the rescue attempt
Box 16
Iran, the making of U.S. Policy, 1977-1980, NS Archives
(2 folders)
Box 16
Khomeini
Box 16
Legal files, Cutler, 1980
Box 16
Iran Working Group
Box 16
NSC Brzezinski
Box 16
Mirdamadi, Mohsen
Box 16
Nightengale, Keith, Vignettes
Box 16
Operation Credible Sport, 1997, 2004
Box 17

Oral Histories

(bound volume)
Graves, John, 1999
Box 17
Laingen, Bruce, 1993
Box 17
Morefield, Richard, 1990
Box 17
Moore, Bert, 1988
Box 17
Swift, Ann, 1992
Box 17
Precht, Henry, 2000
Box 17
Saunders, Harold, 1993
Box 17
Roeder et al. vs. Iran, transcript, 2001
(2 folders)
Box 17
Solt, Barbara, 2002-2004

Includes articles, book reviews and thesis on former Iran hostages.

Box 17
Spy Den
(4 folders)
Box 17
Stock footage
Box 18
Video notes
Box 18
White House, 1972-1979

Includes correspondence, memorandums, intelligence assessments and presidential directives.

Box 18
Wolf, Kendal, Iran Hostage Crisis Rescue Mission: Lessons Learned and Applied or Successes from Failure, 2004
Box 18
Moayyad, Heshmat, ed. Stories from Iran
Box 18
Parsipur, Shahrmush, Women without Men
Box 18

Contains electronic files from eight floppy disks, five cds and one mini disc of interviews.

[Electronic files have been mounted to a library server. For access to these materials, please consult with a reference archivist before coming to use the collection.]

Historical Note

Chronology List

DateEvent(s)
1951Born in St. Louis, Missouri
1973Graduated from Loyola College of Maryland with a B.A. in English Literature
1979-2003Worked as staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer
1987Published Doctor Dealer: The Rise and Fall of an All-American Boy and His Multimillion-Dollar Cocaine Empire
1994Bringing the Heat published
1999Publication of Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
2001Published Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
2002Published Our Finest Day : D-Day, June 6, 1944
2002Publication of Finders Keepers: The Story of a Man Who Found $1 Million
2006Publication of Road Work : Among Tyrants, Heroes, Rogues, and Beasts
2006Published Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Tim Wells Papers, 1982-1986: background materials, including oral interviews, relating to Well’s book about the Iran hostage crisis (1979-1981). (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mark Bowden Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Mark Bowden Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Ted Holt, Oct. 2009

Encoded by Ted Holt, Oct. 2009

Accession 2006-0082 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.