Guide to the Mark Bowden Papers, 1972-2004
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.
- Collection Number
- Mark Bowden papers
- Bowden, Mark, 1951-
- 11.4 Linear Feet, 7125 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
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.
Access to the Collection
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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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Mark Bowden Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
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.
Consists primarily of research materials for the book Guests of the Ayatollah. Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Includes Jimmy Carter, Rosalyn Carter and then-Governor Bill Clinton.
Includes articles, Department of Defense briefing, Iranian report, House hearing testimony and other documents.
Consists of correspondence, poems and a selection from memoir Women Imprisioned in the Kingdom of Mullahs.
Includes correspondence, memorandums, intelligence assessments and presidential directives.
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.]
|1951||Born in St. Louis, Missouri|
|1973||Graduated from Loyola College of Maryland with a B.A. in English Literature|
|1979-2003||Worked as staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer|
|1987||Published Doctor Dealer: The Rise and Fall of an All-American Boy and His Multimillion-Dollar Cocaine Empire|
|1994||Bringing the Heat published|
|1999||Publication of Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War|
|2001||Published Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw|
|2002||Published Our Finest Day : D-Day, June 6, 1944|
|2002||Publication of Finders Keepers: The Story of a Man Who Found $1 Million|
|2006||Publication of Road Work : Among Tyrants, Heroes, Rogues, and Beasts|
|2006||Published Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam|
- 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)
Click to find related materials at Duke University Libraries.
- Hostages -- Iran
- Iran Hostage Crisis, 1979-1981 -- Chronology
- Iran Hostage Crisis, 1979-1981 -- Personal narratives
The Mark Bowden Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2006.
Processed by Ted Holt, Oct. 2009
Encoded by Ted Holt, Oct. 2009
Accession 2006-0082 is described in this finding aid.