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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Alternate Forms Available
  • Roberta Wohlstetter Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: Albert J. and Roberta Wohlstetter papers
    Date (inclusive): 1929-2007
    Collection Number: 97076
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 846 manuscript boxes, 5 card file boxes, 8 oversize boxes (343.4 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Speeches and writings, correspondence, notes, memoranda, reports, studies, and printed matter relating to American military and national security policy, nuclear warfare strategic planning, and nuclear proliferation issues. Includes the papers of Roberta Wohlstetter, wife of Albert J. Wohlstetter. Digital copies of select records also available at https://digitalcollections.hoover.org. 
    Creator: Wohlstetter, Albert
    Creator: Wohlstetter, Roberta
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Access

    Boxes 1-61, 201-354, 385-754, 815-821, and 838-859 closed. The remainder of the collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1997.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Albert J. and Roberta Wohlstetter papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Alternate Forms Available

    Digital copies of select records also available at https://digitalcollections.hoover.org. 

    Roberta Wohlstetter Biographical Note

    1912 August 22 Born, Duluth, Minnesota
    1930 Summer Studied, Stanford University
    1931 Summer Studied, Sorbonne, Paris
    1932 Summer Studied, University of Heidelberg
    1933 B.A., Vassar College
    1934-1935 Studied, Columbia University Law School
    1936 M.A. in psychology, Columbia University
    1937 M.A. in comparative literature, Radcliffe College
    1937-1938 Teaching assistant, University of Southern California
    1939 Married Albert Wohlstetter
    Early 1940s Taught at Barnard College
    Mid 1940s Taught at Howard University
      Attended Washington School of Psychiatry
    1947-2002 Consultant, Rand Corporation, Social Science Department
    1962 Author, Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision
    1962 Awarded the Bancroft Prize in Diplomatic History
    1963 Named the Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year
    1965 Author (with Albert Wohlstetter), Controlling the Risks in Cuba
    1965-1968? Taught at the University of Chicago
    1970-2007 Member, Council on Foreign Relations (first woman to be invited to join)
    1970-1971 Fellow, St. Hilda's College, Oxford, England
    1970-1992 Member, California Seminar on Arms Control and Foreign Policy (also known as California Seminar on International Security and Foreign Policy)
    1979 Author (with Albert Wohlstetter), Swords from Plowshares: The Military Potential of Civilian Nuclear Energy
    1979-1982 Member, Defense Science Board
    1981-1985 Member, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Advisory Board, Ad Hoc Task Force on Terrorism
    1982-1984 Consultant, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
    1985 November Awarded (with Albert Wohlstetter) the Medal of Freedom by President Reagan
    1986-1989 Consultant, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy
    1988-1998 Consultant to the Director, Net Assessment
    1994-2007 Served on Board of Advisors, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC)
    1997 Awarded the Defense Special Weapons Agency Lifetime Achievement Medal
    2007 January 6 Died, Manhattan, New York

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Speeches and writings, correspondence, notes, memoranda, reports, studies, and printed matter relating to American military and national security policy, nuclear warfare strategic planning, and nuclear proliferation issues. Includes the papers of Roberta Wohlstetter, wife of Albert J. Wohlstetter.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Nuclear weapons
    United States -- Military policy
    United States -- Defenses
    Security, International