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James A. Bill Papers

Identifier: Mss. Acc. 2003.66

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Scope and Contents

Series 1 contains research information for the Eagle and the Lion, Series 2 contains Book and Article Reviews for works by James Bill (other than Eagle and the Lion), Series 3 contains information on the Iran Contra Affair, Series 4 contains the Collection of Interview Transcripts and Notes, letters and miscellaneous materials (concerning George Ball and Henry Kissinger), Series 5 contains mostly journals, newsletters and brochures concerning Iran and the Middle East, written by James Bill, Series 6 contains miscellaneous materials and documents concerning the Schuman Plan [book by George Ball] and Bilderberg conferences attended by George Ball, Series 7 contains mostly documents, memorandums and letters concerning Bilderberg Meetings from 1956 to 1988, Series 8 contains three books about modern Iran and industry and development, series 9 contains books concerning the statistical surveys and census of Iran, Series 10 contains books authored and co-authored by James A. Bill, Series 11 contains video tapes concerning Iran, Islam and the Middle East, Series 12 contains dissertations and theses supervised and dedicated to James A. Bill, and Series 13 contains cassette tapes concerning interviews conducted by James A. Bill.


  • Creation: 1940-2007
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1940-2003

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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

James A. Bill received his B.A. at Assumption College and his M.A. from Penn State University in 1965. He received his doctorate from Princeton University in 1968 and went on to teach at the University of Texas in 1968. He taught comparative politics and specialized in Middle Eastern Studies. He has also written a number of articles, journals and five books. He joined the Government Department at the College of William and Mary in 1987. He also became the director of the Wendy and Emery Reves Center for International Studies. He retired from the Reves Center in 1998 and continued to teach until 2004. He has written a number of books, most notably The Eagle and the Lion (Yale) a study on Iran-U.S. relations. His book Behind the Scenes in U.S. Foreign Policy (Yale) is also noteworthy.


35.50 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection remains predominantly in its original order.  The information is divided by series titled in the original order filed by Prof. Bill.  The major sub groups were also put into acid free folders and titled by their original folders.  Those folders without titles were organized within the inventory by the context of the information provided.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of James A. Bill on 11/24/2003. Includes accessions from 2004 and 2007.

Related Materials:

Videocassettes and audiocassettes from this collection have been moved to the Manuscripts Audiovisual Collection.

Separated Materials:

All audiovisual material from this collection has been moved to the Manuscripts Audiovisual Collection.

Processing Information:

Processed by Tramia Jackson, SCRC Staff, in 2006-2007.  Acc. 2004.47 and 2007.19 combined with original accession during processing.

Guide to the James A. Bill Papers
Tramia Jackson, SCRC Staff, Anne Johnson, Special Collections Assistant.
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Revision Statements

  • May 24th, 2018: Updated by Anne Johnson, Special Collections Assistant, in 2010.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository