Guide to the Karl Braithwaite papers, 1968-2003 | MC088

Summary Information

Repository
Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Creator
Braithwaite, Karl, 1942-
Title
Karl Braithwaite papers
ID
MC088
Date
1968-2003 1973-1980, 1986-1987
Extent
2.75 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
The collection includes papers related to Karl Braithwaite's work as a speech writer for Senators Edmund S. Muskie and Joseph Montoya, and his work as Staff Director of the Tower Commission, which was charged by President Reagan with investigating the Iran-Contra affair.

Preferred Citation

Karl Braithwaite papers, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.

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Historical Note

Karl R. Braithwaite was born in St. George, Utah in 1942. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Utah, followed by an M.S. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin. After teaching for several years at Duke University, Braithwaite went to work in the Senate office of Joseph Montoya (D-N.M.) in 1970. He also worked briefly in the Senate office of Frank Moss (D-Ut.).

From 1973 to 1980, Braithwaite was on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, which handled national environmental legislation including amendments to the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, and Superfund. During this time, he also worked for Senator Muskie as a speechwriter and on his 1976 campaign.

After leaving the Senate committee staff in 1980, Braithwaite served as Director of Government Relations at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. While there, Braithwaite was appointed to lead the staff supporting the President's Special Review Board, or Tower Commission, which President Reagan charged with investigating the Iran-Contra affair.

From 2001-2005, Braithwaite served as Dean of the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Maine. In 2005, he accepted a position at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Scope and Content Note

The majority of the papers are related to Braithwaite's work for the Tower Commission, including a copy of the audio journal Braithwaite kept while working for the Commission.

The collection also includes a small number of files related to Braithwaite's work in academia, both before 1970 and after 1990.

Documents related to Braithwaite's work on the staff of the U. S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works can be found in the Edmund S. Muskie Papers (MC105), Series V.C: Senate Office Staff and Committee Staff Files.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is organized into three series: I. Political campaigns and speeches; II. President's Special Review Board (Tower Commission); and III. Academia.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine, 04240
207-786-6354
muskie@bates.edu

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

Acquisition and Custody Information

Gift of Karl Braithwaite, 2005. Accession No.: 05-063, 05-100.

Processing Information

Processed by Christie Peterson, 2008.

Series I was moved to the Muskie papers, Series V.C __September 2009

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Related Materials

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. President's Special Review Board

Personal Name(s)

  • Braithwaite, Karl, 1942---Archives
  • Montoya, Joseph, 1915-1978
  • Muskie, Edmund S., 1914-1996

Subject(s)

  • Government, Politics, Law
  • Iran-Contra Affair, 1985-1990
  • Speechwriting--United States

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Collection Inventory

 MC088/01 Political campaigns and speeches 1968-1980   0.5 Linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Documents, notes and memoranda from Braithwaite's work for Senators Montoya (D-N.M.) and Muskie (D-Me.) on campaigns and speeches.

Organization and Arrangement

In roughly chronological order.

Box Folder

[Montoya] Campaign - Television and Radio [1970]   1.0 folder

1 1

[Moss] Speeches 1973   1.0 folder

1 2

Muskie environmental statements in chronological order [1968-1979]   1.0 folder

1 3

Muskie environmental statements in chronological order [1968-1979]   1.0 folder

1 4

Muskie environmental statements in chronological order [1968-1979]   1.0 folder

1 5

[Memo re: Muskie books] 1973   1.0 folder

1 6

Muskie Campaign Debates 1976   1.0 folder

1 7

[Muskie] Speeches 1973-1980   1.0 folder

1 8

[Muskie] Speeches 1973-1980   1.0 folder

1 9

[Muskie] Speeches 1973-1980   1.0 folder

1 10

[Muskie] Speech - Earth Day 1980 - Denver 1980   1.0 folder

1 11

Muskie Library - Bates 1980   1.0 folder

1 12

Speeches - Leon [Billings] 1976   1.0 folder

1 13

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 MC088/02 President's Special Review Board [Tower Commission] 1986-1992   2 linear feet; 11 audiocassettes; 2 vhs videocassettes

Scope and Content Note

Documents, notes and memoranda relating to Braithwaite's work for the Tower Commission, which was appointed by President Reagan to investigate the Iran-Contra affair.

Organization and Arrangement

In roughly chronological order.

Box Folder

Looseleaf binders : Special Review Board 1986-1987   1.0 folder

2 1

Looseleaf binders : Summary Looseleaf [Binder 1] 1986-1987   1.0 folder

2 2

Looseleaf binders : Summary Looseleaf [Binder 1] 1986-1987   1.0 folder

2 3

Looseleaf binders : Summary Looseleaf [Binder 2] 1986-1987   1.0 folder

2 4

Looseleaf binders : [Interview preparation material] 1986-1987   1.0 folder

2 5

Looseleaf binders : [Interview preparation material] 1986-1987   1.0 folder

2 6

Looseleaf binders : [Interview preparation material] 1986-1987   1.0 folder

3 1

Looseleaf binders : Case Studies / Wise Men - Unclassified - Muskie 1986-1987   1.0 folder

3 2

Looseleaf binders : Case Studies / Wise Men - Unclassified - Muskie 1986-1987   1.0 folder

3 3

Looseleaf binders : Case Studies / Wise Men - Unclassified - Muskie 1986-1987   1.0 folder

3 4

Looseleaf binders : Case Studies / Wise Men - Unclassified - Muskie 1986-1987   1.0 folder

3 5

Looseleaf binders : Report Part V - Unclassified - Karl [Braithwaite] 1986-1987   1.0 folder

3 6

8-inch floppy discs 1986-1987   1.0 folder

General note

Items removed for classification review by ISOO, 8/22/2007.

4 1

Files : Carter Interview 1986-1987   1.0 folder

4 2

Files : [Charter and Appointments] 1986-1987   1.0 folder

4 3

Files : Classification rules 1986-1987   1.0 folder

4 4

Files : Clippings 1986-1987   1.0 folder

4 5

Files : Contra Aid 1986-1987   1.0 folder

4 6

Files : Correspondence 1986-1987   1.0 folder

4 7

Files : Crisis Management - State Department Paper 1986-1987   1.0 folder

General note

Items removed for classification review by ISOO, 8/22/2007.

4 8

Files : [Miscellaneous memoranda, notes, working papers, etc.] 1986-1987   1.0 folder

4 9

Files : Muskie File 1986-1987   1.0 folder

4 10

Files : Muskie Op-Ed Oct. 1992   1.0 folder

4 11

Files : [Notes, K.B. handwritten, on meetings, schedules, etc.] 1986-1987   1.0 folder

4 12

Files : NSC-68 1986-1987   1.0 folder

4 13

Files : Press Conference Feb. 26, 1987   1.0 folder

4 14

Files : Reagan and Reagan meeting 1986-1987   1.0 folder

General note

Items removed for classification review by ISOO, 8/22/2007.

5 1

Files : Reagan - McFarlene testimony w/ President's markings 1986-1987   1.0 folder

General note

Items removed for classification review by ISOO, 8/22/2007.

5 2

Files : Security clearance form 1986-1987   1.0 folder

5 3

Files : Speeches : University of Utah Hinkley Institute of Politics Jan. 7, 1988   1.0 folder

5 4

Files : Speeches : University of California San Diego Feb. 23, 1988   1.0 folder

5 5

Files : White House statements and briefings Nov. 13 and 19, 1986   1.0 folder

5 6
Box

Audio recordings : Work Journal, Carter Interview Jan. 21, 1987   1 audiocassette ||24 min. ||41 sec.

General note

Has been reviewed by ISOO; not classified.

Audio recordings : Work Journal, Carter Interview Feb. 11-23, 1987   1 audiocassette ||1 hr. ||2 min. ||28 sec.

General note

Has been reviewed by ISOO; not classified.

Audio recordings : Work Journal, Carter Interview Feb. 24, 1987   1 audiocassette ||14 min. ||12 sec.

General note

Has been reviewed by ISOO; not classified.

Audio recordings : Tower Commission television coverage Feb. 26, 1987   1 audiocassette ||1 hr. ||3 min. ||50 sec.

Audio recordings : Tower Commission television coverage Feb. 26, 1987   1 audiocassette ||1 hr. ||3 min. ||44 sec.

Audio recordings : Tower Commission television coverage Feb. 26-27, 1987   1 audiocassette ||1 hr. ||3 min. ||48 sec.

Audio recordings : Tower Commission television coverage Feb. 27-28, 1987   1 audiocassette ||50 min. ||14 sec.

Audio recordings : Tower Commission television coverage Feb. 29, 1987   1 audiocassette ||59 min. ||39 sec.

Audio recordings : Tower Commission television coverage Mar. 1, 1987   1 audiocassette ||1 hr. ||3 min. ||19 sec.

Audio recordings : Tower Commission television coverage Mar. 4, 1987   1 audiocassette ||1 hr. ||3 min. ||19 sec.

Audio recordings : Tower Commission television coverage Dec. 1986   1 audiocassette ||40 min. ||38 sec.

Audio recordings : Tower Commission television coverage June 8, 1987   1 audiocassette ||21 min. ||53 sec.

Video recordings : News reports and press conference day of Tower Commission report release Feb. 26, 1987   1.0 vhs videocassette

Video recordings : Iran-Contra Hearings; news analysis June 8, 1987   1.0 vhs videocassette

Video recordings : Scowcroft and Hunter in simulated National Security Council event June 1987   1.0 vhs videocassette

Video recordings : News reports and analysis about Iran-Contra hearings and presidential power July 1987   1.0 vhs videocassette

Video recordings : Television broadcast of Oliver North's first full day of testimpny July 7, 1987   1.0 vhs videocassette

Video recordings : News analysis of Iran-Contra hearings July 10, 1987   1.0 vhs videocassette

Video recordings : News analysis and interviews regarding Iran-Contra hearings July 12, 1987   1.0 vhs videocassette

Video recordings : "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" Nov. 27, 1990   1.0 vhs videocassette

Video recordings : Nightline program about the "Nir Memo" Oct. 2, 1992   1.0 vhs videocassette

Video recordings : "60 Minutes" segment on Iran-Contra Sept. 1994   1.0 vhs videocassette

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 MC088/03 Academia 1968-1970; 1991-2003   0.25 Linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Documents related to Braithwaite's work teaching and writing in academia.

Organization and Arrangement

In roughly chronological order.

Box Folder

Book reviews 1968   1.0 folder

5 7

Environmental Sciences Pilot Projects 1969   1.0 folder

5 8

"Technology, Research, & Society: The Problem of Justifying Political Science" [Manuscript by K. Braithwaite] [1970]   1.0 folder

5 9

P.S. 371 [Teaching notes] [1991]   1.0 folder

22 10

UCSD Science and Technology [course] : Notes [for lecture] 2002-2003   1.0 folder

5 11

UCSD Science and Technology [course] : Originals [readings] [2002-2003]   1.0 folder

5 12

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