Guide to the Jack and Rebecca Matlock Papers, 1930s-2017
Jack Faust Matlock was US Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987-1991. This collection includes materials from him and his wife, photographer Rebecca Matlock, dating largely from the 1940s through the mid-2010s. The bulk of items relates to their work for the US Foreign Service; they were officially stationed in Washington, Moscow, Prague, Accra, Dar es Salaam, and Zanzibar and traveled extensively throughout the world. Jack Matlock was a key figure in the Ronald Reagan administration and participated in almost every US-USSR summit from the 1970s until his retirement in 1991. Also present in the collection are diaries, writings, memoranda, reports, clippings, interviews, photographs, event files, audiovisual materials, and other documents regarding the Matlocks' career, travels, interests, family life, and scholarship.
- Collection Number
- Jack and Rebecca Matlock Papers
- 1930s-2017 and undated
- Matlock, Jack F.
- 210 Linear Feet
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English, Russian, Czech, and other languages.
This collection contains diaries, calendars, interviews, recordings, photographs, memoranda, clippings, writings, memorabilia, and other documents spanning the lives of Jack F. Matlock and Rebecca B. Matlock. The Matlocks spent 35 years in the US Foreign Service, with posts in Washington, Accra, Vienna, Germany, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Moscow, and Prague. Their collection documents their government work as well as their family life, travels, and interactions with US and Soviet officials and citizens.
Materials have been sorted into series: Diaries, Foreign Service, Consecutive Files, Writings, Academia, Events, Subjects/Organizations/Names, and Personal Files. Each series is detailed below.
Grouped into series: Diaries, Foreign Service, Consecutive Files, Writings, Academia, Subjects, Personal, and Events. Audiovisual Materials are in a separate series but topically overlap with other series in the collection.
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[Identification of item], Jack and Rebecca Matlock Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Jack Matlock's journals, diaries, appointment books, and notes, with the bulk of materials dating from the mid-1980s through his retirement from the Foreign Service in 1991. Matlock's private accounts of his activities during the later years of his foreign service career were thorough and prolific. He embraced personal computing and developed his own Cyrillic font in LaTex to allow for journaling in Russian and English. This series contains printouts of his personal diaries kept during his work for Reagan's White House and as Ambassador to the USSR.
Matlock used his diaries as reference points for later writings and reviews of his own career, and subsequently added and edited his own entries to include newly revealed insights or information. This series includes Matlock's bound journals with handwritten entries, his "original" typed diaries (as printed out in the 1980s), edited and supplemented diaries (which appear to have been printed at a later point) that include Matlock's inserted notes, research, annotations, corrections, and other related information. There is also a set of declassified memoranda and other FOIA'd materials, as well as collected published materials, which allowed Matlock to cross-reference events he experienced with other coverage or perspectives.
The series also contains a variety of appointment books and calendars, some more detailed and some lightly used. The spiral notebooks and loose notes, arranged chronologically, overlap with Matlock's notes located throughout the Foreign Service Series - some in standalone folders and some filed with specific events or topics. This sorting reflects the original arrangement of the papers at the time of acquisition by Rubenstein Library.
includes annotations, references to notepads, handwritten notes. 1984 memo pad included.
Mixed years with annotations re: photographs, other notes. Probably duplicative of earlier years, but extends into 1992.
Including Moscow, Baltic Sea cruise, Boston, Princeton
Contains some prose, but largely these notebooks consist of to-dos and other relatively miscellaneous entries created in the course of routine activities by JM. These are seen as descrete from the journals subseries, which have more formally crafted entries by Matlock.
Includes clippings, memorandum, copies, assembled by JM
Bulk from 1989. Includes original memoranda, photocopies of JM notes.
2 books. Blue with laid in agendas, notes, correspondence, invitations. Green likely belongs to RM.
6 notepads, loose pages, clippings (VN-88-03, 04)
Appears related to JM's research and notes for his first dissertation or for his early work for the State Dept. Notes regarding writers and works up through 1954.
This series contains materials created and acquired during Jack Matlock's career as a foreign service officer for the U.S. Dept. of State (1956-1981), his appointments as ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1981-1983) and the Soviet Union (1987-1991), and his work for the National Security Council and the White House (1983-1987). Materials are grouped by phases of Matlock's career, and are largely arranged chronologically and then by format. Rebecca Matlock's official duties and personal activities, especially as wife to the US Ambassador, is also well documented in this series. The series contains general and personal correspondence, government memoranda, invitations, schedules and programs, official itineraries and logistics, cables received, clippings and reports collected, specific event files for substantial activities at the embassy, and other administrative and topical information relating to the operations of the embassies in Accra, Dar es Salaam, Prague, and Moscow during the Matlocks' career. There is also significant material from Matlock's home leave, travels and work in the United States, and his academic appointment as Diplomat-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University in 1979-1980.
Jack Matlock initially began working for the State Department while studying and pursuing his doctorate in Russian literature. Early materials include his applications and correspondence regarding his background checks, as well as early research files from his projects on the Index to Stalin's Works and his first dissertation on the Union of Soviet Writers. Research files overlap between the Academia and Foreign Service series. Once hired fulltime by the State Dept., Matlock created reports and collected materials on Soviet internal affairs, writing intelligence briefs on specific publications and activities in the Soviet Union.
The subseries includes his travels and various assignments in Germany, Moscow, and Vienna, and then his transfer to Ghana and later Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam. By this point they had five children; the official Foreign Service series overlaps with the Personal Series documenting the family's activities and children's education during this period. The Matlocks left Tanzania in 1970 and returned for Jack to work as a scholar at the Senior Seminar in the Foreign Service Institute; his research on Japan and the Soviet Union is also present in this subseries. Files are largely arranged chronologically with a group of correspondence collected for the period 1950-1971.
Includes exam materials, correspondence, background checks, salary, appointments
JM report draft, clippings re: USW
Correspondence re: Ford Foundation Foreign Study and Research Fellowship program
Bibliographies of publications by fellows
Includes alumni lists from later dates
Includes gas ration card, Russian student identification, drivers license, etc.
Possibly family vacation or at-home snapshots
Collected by JM in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam
Includes correspondence with University of California
These appear to be located in Tanzania or Ghana
Includes notes, reference materials, agendas for courses during seminar, expectations for Foreign Service wives
Unspecified event led to tension, shootings in town. RM's notes about chronology of day.
Assorted photographs believed to be from Tanzania
Reprints from 1940s-1950s on war, Russia, propaganda
JM's project during the Senior Seminar
Assorted personal and work-related correspondence, loosely sorted alphabetically
Correspondence arranged by year, covering professional and personal exchanges and including references to the Matlocks' travels in Europe and Africa as well as their assignment back in the U.S. at the end of this period. Includes a folder of materials congratulating JM on his promotion to Class 1 in 1968.
Jack Matlock was promoted to director of the Office of Soviet Union Affairs in 1971 and became deputy chief of mission in the Moscow embassy in 1974. This subseries includes his correspondence, collected reports and cables, and activities in Moscow during this period. The bulk of the subseries relates to his work as Diplomat-in-Residence at Vanderbilt and his subsequent work as deputy director of the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, DC. Materials include his speech notes and other travel and official representation activities, which offer insights into US official policies and language on the US-USSR relationship during this period. By 1981, Matlock had been appointed as the next US Ambassador to Czechoslovakia, but temporarily served as ad interim Charge d'Affaires at the Moscow embassy until the new USSR Ambassador, Arthur Hartman, arrived.
JM notes from meetings, including possible summit notes. Also to-do lists and other notes
speaking tour promoting US policies/positions
Visit by JM to 28th Annual World Affairs Institute
Collected by JM from summits, other meetings. Includes pins, identification, booklets
Forms, vouchers, other documentation prepared by JM for reiumbursement following embassy or other work-related expenses
Briefing book for trip by JM
Prepared by State Dept. for JM or embassy staff, including notes re: embassy operations
Drafts and final versions prepared for events at Moscow embassy or at Spaso House, arranged loosely by year. Later years include draft schedules.
Re: Appointment as Diplomat-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University
Includes correspondence, programs, invitations, and other materials from JM's travels through the Southeast speaking about State Dept. policies and foreign service topics
Lecture by JM as Diplomat-in-Residence at Vanderbilt
Draft by JM
Drafts, notes, and memo by JM
Includes assorted materials, July 4th speech notes, press coverage and clippings
Includes guest lists, logistics, seating charts, etc.
Correspondence to and from the Matlocks during their numerous postings during this period, including Washington, Moscow, Nashville, and other locations. Includes work-related and personal exchanges between the Matlocks and their family.
This subseries includes materials from Matlock's appointment and swearing-in as ambassador to Czechoslovakia, along with subsequent reports, clippings, correspondence, invitations, and events relating to Jack and Rebecca's activities during this period. Includes Jack Matlock's Czech contact lists and a memo he drafted regarding US-Czechoslovakian relations.
Jack Matlock was appointed to the National Security Council as Senior Director of European and Soviet Affairs while he still served as ambassador to Czechoslovakia in 1983. The collection's materials during this period have been split according to his work responsibilities, but overlaps persist for this window of time as he travelled between Prague and Washington. There are also letters between him and Rebecca during their separation, held in this subseries.
This period includes significant materials regarding negotiations between the US and USSR, leading to the first summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva in 1985 and subsequent summit in Reykjavik in 1986. The subseries includes a wide range of Matlock's notes, memoranda, and correspondence documenting meetings between US and Soviet officials. Also included are Matlock's drafts of of potential policies, speeches for Reagan, and his thoughts on different approaches that the US might pursue.
Largely written during time apart between Prague, Germany, and Washington while JM travelled back and forth as both ambassador and special assistant
for Council on Foreign Relations lecture by JM, 1983 Nov. 22
Policy memo by JM? (unattributed)
Policy memo by JM? (unattributed)
Chronological files for 1984 containing notes and other ephemera
Includes numerous White House invitations and Presidential Box tickets, as well as other official representation invitations
Press coverage and published version
Transcript of remarks
Includes press releases following conference
Includes conference papers.
RM also lectured on photograph during this trip
From various events in Bonn and other locations, some unidentified
Assorted pages and notes; additional notes located in the chronological notes files from 1985
Multiple meetings represented, including July, Oct., Nov.
Chronological files kept by JM with notes, schedules, and accompanying documentation for his activities in 1985. Includes major meetings as well as routine to-do lists.
Re: Baldrige's visit to Moscow and future negotiations
Includes summit schedules, briefing books, notes by JM, planning and talking points, memoranda, logistical and transit information, press accounts and public perceptions, and 2 letters intended for Raisa Gorbachev
Includes 3 folders of Christmas cards and other personal greetings.
Includes photographs of Afghan War victims, refugees in Oval Office, as well as JM response opting to not share with Gorbachev
Various versions of JM drafts and notes re: Reagan's communications with Gorbachev throughout 1986, including February, July, and other points.
Fictional memo exploring Kremlin's administration/viewpoint, shared with Reagan (who kept a copy). Photocopy.
Includes drafts and edits
Includes drafts of JM's speech in multiple languages; press coverage and reactions, including correspondence from listeners; administration's internal discussions for participation in conference without recognizing Baltic States.
Planning materials, briefing books, JM notes from different meetings; notes from unidentified participants; press coverage and collected reactions
Speech drafts for taping of message. Als includes internal memos re: rejection of Soviets to participation in mutual greetings for New Year's 1987.
Chronological files kept by JM with notes, schedules, and accompanying documentation for his activities in 1986. Includes major meetings as well as routine to-do lists. Missing Nov. 1986.
Jack Matlock was appointed to be the US Ambassador to the Soviet Union in January 1987, and served from April 1987 until August 1991. This subseries contains materials documenting his work, and Rebecca's service as ambassador's wife, including their formal appearances at various events in Moscow; hosting US officials and other guests at the embassy and at Spaso House, the ambassador's residence; and their frequent travels to various places within the Soviet Union territory to visit and represent the United States. Materials are grouped chronologically by year, and then subsequently arranged by format: Reports/Clippings, Cables, Memoranda, Correspondence, Topics, and Events.
The subseries contains correspondence, memoranda, incoming cables and reports, and other government documents and administrative items relating to specific issues and events. Of note are the visit by the Gorbachevs to the United States in 1987; the Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Moscow in 1988; and the Bush-Gorbachev summits in Malta (1989) and Moscow (1991). There are a couple of thank-you letters included following these major events from Presidents Reagan and Bush. Recurring themes include security at the Moscow embassy; exit visas for Soviet dissidents; coverage of US activities and attitudes toward the US in the Soviet press; and interpretations of Soviet activities/attitudes by US officials. The Matlocks actively participated in various US cultural expositions throughout the Soviet Union, including attending opening exhibits for Information USA during 1987 and 1988, which toured several Soviet states. They also frequently hosted Soviet and American guests at Spaso House, including poets, musicians, and performers, and the subseries includes official guest lists and planning materials discussing the intended messaging and tone for these cultural exchanges. This subseries includes drafts of different speeches delivered by Matlock, typically in Russian, when he was the invited guest at different Soviet academies or organizations. There is a significant amount of material relating to Matlock's speech in Latvian at the Riga Chautauqua conference, which the US participated in despite not recognizing the Soviets' occupation of Latvia.
There is much accompanying information for the events in this subseries held in the Diaries Series and in the Writings Series -- Rebecca's accounts and perspectives are included in several essays as well as in the Dear Everybody Letters, held in the Writings Series.
Collected by embassy, some re: JM and some re: other general Moscow embassy activities
Includes incoming cables, reference sources, published reports, and internal reports from colleagues.
Includes professional and personal correspondence, as well as some copies of JM's outgoing letters.
Moscow and ambassador dacha condition reports, security and surveillance materials
Drafts and official schedules and guest lists for programs hosted by the Matlocks
Drafts, notes in Russian and English re: Strategic Defense Initiative
Includes speech drafts, gift lists, photographs of JM at exhibit opening
Printed guides to Komsomol Democracy, Razumnovky, Lenin's works, etc. Printed in English in Moscow.
Official exchanges between embassy and State Dept. staff. Many overlaps with other correspondence files and Consecutive Files series.
Includes newsletters, notes by JM re: meetings, phone lists, and Chiefs of Mission listings
Variety of press sources including interviews, coverage of JM and RM activities, etc.
Largely collected by JM and RM's attendance at these events as ambassadors
Drafts and proposed guest lists and schedules for both JM and RM's official and unofficial duties, including meetings and travel
Postcards and notes from an undated (circa 1988) visit to this communal farm
Includes poetry and translations, as well as programming, guest lists, logistics.
Includes JM speech text
Includes press coverage, preparatory materials, schedules
"Glasnost and openness in U.S.-Soviet Relations," with notes/drafts in Russian
JM correspondence, copy of interview questions (including Russian)
Planning materials, memoranda, talking points, schedules and logistics, memorabilia, correspondence, and other printed materials from the planning and execution of the summit and accompanying events and excursions, as well as cables and press coverage documenting its reception and perceptions of U.S. activities around the world. Includes a letter dated June 17 from Reagan to Matlock thanking him and Rebecca for their work.
Created by official photographers from the Soviet Tass Agency, this bound color photobook commemorates the U.S./Soviet summit held in Moscow, May 29-June 2, 1988, presided over by President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev. The cloth-bound volume measures 11x17 inches, with the pages sized slightly smaller; the richly toned color images are often full-page, no borders, or smaller, with white borders. Some captions added by archivists, in consultation with RM.
"New Approaches to East-West Security" conference materials, travel guides, logistics and notes
Includes photographs from RM and JM visit to Magnitogorsk (believed to be from this visit)
Includes preparatory materials and press coverage
Cables and press coverage of devestation and casualties; notes re: US response and internal memos re: US policy. Includes some photographs of JM and other unidentified people at what appears to be a scene from the earthquake -- it is unclear where and when these photographs were taken (JM did not go to the scene in 1988).
Selections from general correspondence identified as representative sampling by Moscow embassy staff for JM
Regarding espionage accusations against Marines stationed at the Moscow embassy and subsequent policy changes for personnel
Compiled for JM. Includes Soviet Supreme, People's Congress, committees, and other information
Drafts and proposed guest lists and schedules for both JM and RM's official and unofficial duties, including meetings and travel
Lecture by JM, in Russian. Includes photographs
Missile fragment not included
Includes JM and RM logistics, notes, travel documents
Includes materials from several speaking engagements as well as home leave for JM and RM
Includes travel and meetings in Moscow, Brussels
Includes speech notes, travel materials, photograph of JM at the US Portal Monitoring Facility in Votkinsk
Includes post-seminar book from Center for Naval Analyses, speech notes by JM
Materials from both congressional delegations
Includes briefing book, research on Siberia, commemorative certificates for JM, photographs from visit. Some photographs are labeled as a "Far East" trip to Siberia; it is believed that this is that trip, but this could be wrong.
Includes notes, coverage, JM itineraries, and other logistical materials
Includes JM notes for leading town meetings
Memoranda, research, planning materials for visit to Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan; includes photographs
Materials from the US-USSR Ministerial, including Matlocks' memorabilia from the event
Includes photographs of Mir, rockets; diagrams and agendas
Includes JM's notebooks from different meetings with Sununu: Shevardnadze, Primakov, Shkabardnya, others
Includes several events, such as the Duke University reunions weekend
Includes photographs of Cheney and Gorbachev, among others, believed to be from this event
for Cardinal Agnostino Casaroli and Jay Priteker
Contains questions from students in Russian for JM
Includes Russian sheet music
Certificate presented to JM and photographs of visit
Includes letter from Bush thanking Matlocks for their service, and photographs of Bushes and Matlocks in Kiev, following summit
Materials that defied easy sorting by date have been filed here in the General subseries. Much of this series spans the Matlocks' career, including schedules and itineraries as well as undated photographs not attached to specific events.
Selected by embassy staff
Appears to be JM's notes during a meeting; unclear who was meeting but includes discussion of summit negotiations and Gorbachev's travels.
Assorted photographs and snapshots, largely unidentified, from programs and outings by JM and RM during their ambassadorship in Moscow
Assorted and miscellaneous snapshots of visitors and programs held at Spaso House during the Matlocks' residency
As defined by RM. Includes snapshots and formal photographs of JM and RM and other American delegations, meeting with Soviet officials and the public
As defined by RM. Includes snapshots and formal photographs of visitors and other guests at Spaso House, largely unidentified
Date of event is unclear; appears to be from exhibit opening at the Photographers' Union, or possibly multiple events
Date and name of event is unclear; features an accordian band, probably at Spaso House
Date and occasion is unclear; possibly July 4th picnic for American staff and families
Printed while ambassador with photographs of JM and summary of his career
This series consists of a wide range of documents filed "consecutively," meaning largely chronologically by month, by Jack Matlock and his staff at the American Embassy in Moscow. It heavily overlaps the Foreign Service Series and should be consulted alongside that series for any documentation of the Matlocks' activities during Jack's term as ambassador. Materials were arranged by month. The series consists of government memos, draft schedules, expected guest lists, and other policy briefs and reports collected and filed by embassy staffers for Jack and Rebecca Matlock.
Following his retirement from the Foreign Service in 1991, it appears Jack Matlock sporadically used this filing system for tracking general information about his upcoming engagements and activities.
Materials from various educational and academic activities, including Duke University undergraduate work for both Matlocks; Columbia graduate work for Jack Matlock; research and drafts of Jack Matlock's dissertations; and syllabi, reading lists, correspondence with students, and lecture notes from Jack Matlock's professorships at IAS, Columbia, Princeton, and other institutions of higher education.
Notes from courses taken by Jack and Rebecca Matlock while undergraduates, including essays, clippings, and ephemera.
Notes from courses taken by Jack and Rebecca Matlock. Most of the courses are about Russian literature, history, and politics. There are a few courses about French literature, including a draft of a thesis comparing James Joyce and Marcel Proust.
Drafts of Jack Matlock's masters thesis and early dissertation work. JM began his dissertation in the 1950s. The working title was "The Union of Soviet Wrtiers and Soviet Literature 1934-1954." He did not complete this dissertation before joining the Foreign Service.
In the 1970s Jack Matlock began a different dissertation project, which was a translation of Nikolai Leskov's "The Cathedral Clergy." It does not appear that he completed this project.
Notes for Russian Civilization and language courses, Russian Club; materials about living in Vermont.
Notes, syllabi, and course evaluations for several courses related to international diplomacy.
Administrative correspondence, seminar and conference materials.
Notes, syllabi, and course evaluations for several courses related to international diplomacy.
This series contains an array of topics and groups of files collected and maintained by the Matlocks throughout their lives. The largest sub-series are Name Files, Organizations and Professional Service Files, and Subject: Topics and Geographic Files. Materials have been both assembled by Rubenstein Library into files, or have been retained in existing files as originally sorted by the Matlocks. There are also small subseries for the United World Federalists, which Jack and Rebecca Matlock participated in actively while students at Duke University in the late 1940s; Rebecca Matlock's Spaso House Files, research and other event files from specific Spaso activities during their ambassadorship to Moscow; and Jack Matlock's Language Training files, with his notes and lessons on a wide range of languages he studied during his Foreign Service career.
Collected materials from Jack and Rebecca's leadership and participation in the Duke Student Chapter of the United World Federalists. The Matlocks served as student leaders for this organization and led student recruitment and training institutes in North Carolina. The correspondence relates to the principles and logistics of the organization, and also includes personal correspondence from friends and other UWF enthusiasts referencing the Matlocks' studies, activities, and relationship. Other materials include photographs, printed pamphlets and literature, and coverage and clippings about the students and adult members of the group.
Service, correspondence, agendas, resolutions
Includes Duke Student Federalist chapter with JM (and RM? - unclear)
Speakers guides, scripts, publications, reports, research. Topics include peace, world government, nuclear war
Correspondence, leads in NC for student and general membership
Includes student recruitment, planning, publicity, preparations, curriculum
This subseries documents some of the many world languages Jack Matlock has studied. Files consist of his notes on vocabulary, alphabets, and grammar.
Collected materials about specific subjects, locations, and events assembled either by the Matlocks or by Rubenstein staff during the course of arrangement of this collection. Of note are a range of assorted newspaper issues collected by Matlock: some dating from his work at the US Consulate and Embassy in Tanzania (1967-1970); some from South Africa regarding apartheid and sanctions (1970s); and some later newspapers and magazines from Moscow (1980s). Some materials overlap with Matlock's foreign service work; most other topics relate to issues in Russia and newly independent states (NIS) following the collapse of the Soviet Union, including nuclear weapons, economic concerns and investments, NATO expansion, and Russian culture.
Assorted issues from Nairobi, Kenya; collected by JM
Clippings (1992) and subsequent history articles and other printed materials re: Soviet Union collapse, dissolution
Dept. of Interior guides to Endangered Species Act and specific fishes
Research file on past ambassadors
Assorted printed materials on ethnic conflict, transitional justice, human rights
Assorted issues from Tabora, Tanzania. Collected by JM.
Run (largely complete) of 83 issues; Zanzibar, Tanzania. Collected by JM.
Includes clippings re: microwaves and a copy of Moscow Marauders comic/zine (undated) about radioactive menace at the embassy
Scattered issues, including copies of special issue Revolution Day supplement; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Collected by JM.
Reports, clippings, research on capabilities re: power plants, weapons, etc. in USSR and NIS
Largely of Russian public, also an American Foreign Policy survey
Memoranda of Conversations (memcons), notes by JM (created later as part of research)
FOIA requests, declassified 1980s documents re: JM, Reagan, others. Photocopies from Reagan Library collected by JM.
Letter from Palestinian refugee re: Israel aggression directed to Obama
Reports, plans, clippings, assessments re: stability of Russian economy
Excerpts and assorted issues; Zanzibar-Tanzania. Collected by JM.
Assorted titles and topics, many referencing cricket and apartheid, collected by JM
Re: elections, laws, etc. in Russia and USSR
English newspaper with coverage of Gorbachev becoming USSR President and Sakharov's visit to US
Russian-language plays, photocopied and collected by JM (perhaps for dissertation research)
Research, articles, reference tools for the region
Printed materials, clippings, reference tools, reports
Excerpts and assorted issues from Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) collected by JM
Research and collected information re: 1980s efforts; reports, articles
This subseries contains files grouped by organization, largely relating to Jack Matlock's service or consultancy work and including both non-profits as well as business ventures undertaken by him or his family following his retirement from the Foreign Service. Files contain correspondence, proposals and project plans, contracts, reports, event plans, and research. Notable are the range of organizations and companies exploring business ventures in Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union; Jack Matlock explored many of these opportunities himself and also served as a consultant or resource for other ventures. This series documents the Matlocks' work with Ethnic American Broadcasting Company, later renamed Russian-American Broadcasting Company, as well as their later work with SkyView and other satellite and media companies. There are also significant materials from the US-Kazahkstan Business Council and the Matlocks' Russian clothing company, Red Well. Other organizations which Matlock was actively involved with include the Atlantic Council and the Council for Foreign Relations. Of note is the files on the Chautauqua Conference, which overlaps with Jack and Rebecca Matlock's participation in Chautauqua in the 1980s during their years of foreign service. There is also overlap between these files and the chronologically arranged Correspondence subseries in the Personal Files series.
Proposals, invoices, correspondence, and meeting minutes re: ABB (Asea Brown Boveri) and Russian and Ukranian officials/representatives re: power plants and nuclear weapons de-enrichment programs. JM and David Matlock were consultants for ABB (based in Winchestor, Conn.)
Report on American business involvement in former Soviet Union
Moscow visit and other correspondence/agendas from JM's work on Russian-American Working Group
Reports, newsletters, correspondence from JM's service on the board
Correspondence, visa information kits, insurance and legal documentation, and other materials from JM's service on the AIS board.
Correspondence, notes, collected reports re: nationalism. Some overlap with Event.
Assorted files from JM's participation in different Atlantic Council working groups and delegation visits, including: NIS Steering Committee Advisory Board; Working Group on NIS Energy Policy; US-Japan Energy Dialogue; US-Japan-Russia-Ukraine Energy Policy working group.
Correspondence, contact lists, other reports/programming for JM's role in International Peace and Security program
JM's work for an external assessment; final report and trip materials, April 1998
Reports, agendas, and other correspondence re: proposals and projects. Include's JM's work for Working Group on US-Russian Relations.
Reports; materials re: Russia Working Group meeting 2, New York
Materials from RM and JM's partipation in Chautauqua (1987, 1989, 1990-1991, 1996), as well as correspondence, mailings, and clippings about Chautauqua programming.
Folder about the International Festival of Russian Art and Culture
Assorted correspondence, draft reports, papers, and other materials from JM's active role as roundtable participant and his work on the Task Force on US Nuclear Weapons Policy, the working group on US Policy Towards Russia, and the Independent Task Force on US Nuclear Weapons Posture.
Report, correspondence for JM work on advisory board
Legal contracts, business plans, correspondence, research, and notes from JM's work on the board of RABC, which later renamed to EABC.
Contracts and correspondence; additional correspondence in Correspondence subseries.
Correspondence and information re: workshop series on foreign policy
Materials/correspondence for unnamed foundation, led by Th. Kouwenaar
Background papers, correspondence with FUND advisory committee
Work on board of directors, based at Georgetown University. Includes reports, agendas, correspondence.
Correspondence, reports, etc.
Faxes to JM requesting his participation
Report: The Parliament's Responsibility for Economic Development
Memoranda, annual reports, project proposals, contact information and other printed materials; includes JM's board meetings materials
Reports, working papers, correspondence, fellowships/grants programs, other administrative materials from JM's work with the institute. Some overlap with Academia Series.
Correspondence/solicitation materials for minerals/ore/raw materials
Printed materials, including lectures and reports
Information about Projectavision and its products/equipment, correspondence
Business plans, finances, correspondence between JM and Hugh and David Matlock re: management of Red Well, a Russian children's clothing company
Correspondence, printouts from JM's work as moderator of this electronic forum
International Board of Trustees communications
Materials from planning course "American Foreign Policy: Clinton and Beyond," as well as board of directors meetings and communications
Correspondence, legal documents and actions, insurance, reports, claims, and other materials from JM's work on board of directors
Oral histories and working papers
JM board of advisors work for the Institute of Management, Innovation, and Organization, and for UC Berkeley-St. Petersburg University School of Management program
Information packet and private breakfast meeting materials
Printed materials, correspondence, reports, prospectuses, other items about investment opportunities and potential for Kazakhstan
Advisory board report "A Report Card on the Dept. of Energy's Nonproliferation Programs with Russia"
This subseries contains clippings and writings by others, filed by author or subject's name. Matlock collected a number of these files in the years immediately following his retirement, largely relating to his own research interests as he worked on his book. Also of note are the number of proofs and reports he collected by other foreign policy scholars; he maintained an active correspondence with many of them. The Gorbachev files include photographs of Matlock with Gorbachev dating from the 1990s.
proof of "Know Your Enemy: The rise and fall of America's Soviet experts"
draft proposal on innovation from the joint Russian-U.S. Legal Initiative
includes photographs of JM with Gorbachev and of Gorbachev at Reagan's funeral (signed by Gorbachev)
draft articles, draft of memoir "Zerkalo" (Mirror) (incl. Russian)
draft of memoir "A Life's Surprises" (incl. Russian), JM comments
draft of book "The Artwork and Journal of World and Diplomatc Travels of Cecilia Degolyer McGhee"
Chronological clippings files featuring references to Jack Matlock and his career, interviews with him about US policy and his opinions, and photographs including him during summits and other activities. These files have not been further sorted. Some additional interviews (including drafts and planning for them) are located in the Foreign Service series.
The Writings Series includes notes, outlines, drafts, and published versions of the Matlocks' writings. Materials are grouped into subseries by type of work and author.
The bulk of the Writings Series consists of Jack Matlock's numerous articles, essays, and short works of non-fiction, some of which overlaps with his Foreign Service career and some of which he wrote in response to world events following his retirement. The Articles subseries has been arranged by title. It contains book reviews, op-eds, speech drafts, letters to the editor, researched essays, and reflective or memoir-style prose. Topics tend to be the Soviet Union or Russia, U.S. foreign policy in Europe, NATO, the United Nations, and other commentary.
There are two subseries for Jack Matlock's books: Autopsy on an Empire (Random House, 1995) and Reagan and Gorbachev (Random House, 2005). Materials in these subseries include research, outlines, drafts, and correspondence. Most drafts are dated but are not necesarily arranged in chronological order.
The remainder of Jack Matlock's writings are grouped as Other Works, and include some preliminary outlines and drafts for Superpower Illusions, as well as some translations and unfinished short stories.
Rebecca Matlock's Spaso House subseries contains drafts and outlines for this book, published in Russia in 2004. There are additional subject files on Spaso House in the Subject Files series.
The subseries for RM's Other Writings contains drafts and projects dating from the 1950s through 2017. Most pieces are anecdotal or reflective on the Matlocks' travels and experiences living around the world. There are some unidentified creative works, presumably by Rebecca.
Finally, there is a subseries for the Dear Everybody Letters, written by Rebecca during the Matlocks' foreign service work in Prague and Moscow, and sent to friends and family in the United States. These newsletter-style photocopied mass letters were collected by Joe Matlock and saved for the archive. The Dear Everybody Letters contain detailed descriptions of people and scenes, and RM's personal insights into the family's daily activities at the embassy.
Drafts, contract, correspondence
Originally delivered as a keynote at Baltic Studies Conference, 1996
Drafts, article reprints
Published copy. Includes event materials.
Transcript, edits, correspondence, and conference publication by Dacor Bacon House Foundation
Op-ed for Christian Science Monitor co-authored with Freeman, Charles W.
Paper following lecture at INSS Conference in Washington
Published copy in New York Review of Books; correspondence, drafts, research, 1994
Correspondence and printouts of conversation
Drafts, galleys. Includes manuscript copy of book.
Drafts, contract, published copy from Foreign Affairs journal.
Transcript. In Russian.
Published as "Policing the World." Includes published copy, contract, draft.
Also published as "Literature and Politics: The Impact of Fyodor Dostoyevsky" and "Literatura i politika: Fyodor Dostoevskii". Includes published copy (Russian version) and reprint (English version).
Draft, correspondence. Published as "Chinese Checkers" in New York Times Book Review.
Book chapter for Turning Points in the Ending of the Cold War. Drafts, correspondence, commentary.
Published copy of Post-Soviet Affairs journal.
Review of In Confidence: Moscow's Ambassador to America's Six Cold War Presidents, by Anatoly Dobrynin, for New York Review of Books
Book review of Memoirs by Mikhail Gorbachev. Also published as "The Mysteries of Mikhail." Drafts, correspondence, published copy.
Draft, published copy
Drafts, notes, correspondence
Re: NATO enlargement. Correspondence, draft, published copy in Center for War, Peace, and the News Media handbook
Letter (in Russian) published in Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Draft. Includes Matlock's recollections of Marina Oswald's visa interview in Moscow.
Published copy in Political Science Reviewer
Atlantic Council bulletin
Musgrove Conference transcription.
Included in the book A Millenium Salute. Drafts, contract, correspondence.
Published copy, contract for Slate Online
Published issues: Vol. XLII number 3, 12, 18; Vol. XLIII number 2, 4, 13.
Drafts, rejection letter
NY Times editorial re: Kosovo. Drafts, published copy
Article prepared for Cold War conference
Interview with Perestroika Press Club for Politics: Foreign Ambassadors on the Changes in the Soviet Union. Moscow.
Draft, edited comments, correspondence, and published transcript of Matlock's comments before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
Book review of No Peace, No Honor, by Larry Berman and The Trial of Henry Kissinger, by Christopher Hitchens. Includes published copy and letters to the editor.
Correspondence, research, drafts. Published as "Russia's Leaking Nukes" in New York Review of Books.
Appeared as a chapter in Preparing America's Foreign Policy for the 21st Century (U of Oklahoma Press). Drafts
Book review of Comrade Criminal: Russia's New Mafiya, by Stephen Handelman. Published copy
Also published as "The Poor Neighbor". Drafts, published copy.
Drafts, printed version
Testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, edited
Edited lecture for publication from Preparing American Foreign Policy for the 21st Century conference
Hearing before the Committee on International Relations, U.S. House of Representatives
Internal document. Drafts and correspondence.
Drafts and published copies of Matlock review of The Wars of Eduard Shevardnadze and My Years with Gorbachev and Shevardnadze for New York Review of Books. Originally titled "Eduard Shevardnadze: The Politics of Conciliation".
Also published as "It Takes a Global Village". Published copy.
Also published as "Deterring the Undeterrable". Drafts, published copy.
Drafted as "Stalking the World without a Compass"; published op-ed in New York Times
Published copies in Russian of Matlock's cables during his time as ambassador; correspondence between Matlock and Russian editors
In Russian. Published copy
Also published in NYT as "Nowhere Nation". Drafts, notes, published copy.
Includes research and drafts.
Trip report published by delegation of Atlantic Council
Transcript, occasional paper published by University of Miami's Institute for Soviet and East European Studies
U.S. Department of State policy no. 870. English translation of Chautauqua remarks
Offprint from Survey journal following a speech in 1972
Book review of Argument Without End, by Robert S. McNamara et al. and Choosing War, by Fredrik Logevail,.NY Times. Drafts, published copies
Also published as "Yeltsin's Legacy." Drafts, published copy.
Drafts, arranged by chapter. Some files contain research and notes.
Correspondence including exchange with Archie Brown re: mss