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  • Title: William J. Casey papers
    Date (inclusive): 1913-1996
    Collection Number: 99003
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 624 manuscript boxes, 2 card file boxes, 9 oversize boxes, 1 cubic foot box, 2 motion picture films (265.6 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, speeches and writings, diaries, memoranda, reports, hearing transcripts, legal and financial papers, printed matter, photographs, and memorabilia relating to American domestic and foreign policy, especially during the presidential administrations of Richard M. Nixon and Ronald Reagan; American intelligence operations from World War II on; and the 1980 presidential campaign of Ronald Reagan. Digital copies of select records also available at https://digitalcollections.hoover.org. 
    Creator: Casey, William J.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    Box 635-636 may not be used without permission of the Archivist. 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.


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

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1999.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], William J. Casey 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. 

    Biographical Note

    1913 March 13 Born, Elmhurst, Long Island, New York
    1934 B.S., Fordham University
    1937 J.D., St. John's University. Admitted to New York bar
    1941 Married Sophia Kurz
    1943-1945 Member, Office of Strategic Services, stationed in London
    1950 Founder, Institute for Business Planning. Subsequently author of a series of its reference publications on business law
    1957-1971 Partner, Hall, Casey, Dickler and Howley law firm
    1966 Unsuccessful candidate for Congress, New York
    1969-1970 Member, Presidential Task Force on International Development
    1971-1973 Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission
    1973-1974 Under secretary of state for economic affairs
    1973-1975 Member, Commission on the Organization of the Government for the Conduct of Foreign Policy
    1974-1976 President and chairman, Export-Import Bank of the United States
    1976 Author, Where and How the War Was Fought: An Armchair Tour of the American Revolution
    1976-1977 Chairman, Small Business Administration Task Force on Venture and Equity Capital for Small Business
      Member, President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
    1976-1981 Member, Rogers and Wells law firm
    1980 Director, Ronald Reagan presidential election campaign
    1980-1981 Chairman, Presidential Transition Team
    1981-1987 Director, Central Intelligence Agency
    1987 May 6 Died, Glen Cove, New York
    1988 Author, The Secret War against Hitler (published posthumously)
    1989 Author, Scouting the Future: The Public Speeches of William J. Casey (published posthumously)

    Scope and Content of Collection Addendum

    Arrangement of the William J. Casey papers into the 20 series described above (Boxes 1-427) was completed in 2002. Subsequently another large body of papers (Boxes 428-636) was received. These papers have been arranged into another 21 series, of which 19 are simply addenda to series in the first body of material. There is, in fact, an ADDENDUM series for each of the initial 20 series except for TASK FORCE ON INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (1969-1970) FILE. Within each ADDENDUM series, arrangement by subseries is similar to that in the corresponding initial series. This reflects the fact that the material in the second body of papers is in general very similar to the material in the first body. For example, most alphabetically filed correspondence for letters A-Q from Casey's Central Intelligence Agency years arrived in the first body of material and is to be found in the CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY series, while most alphabetical correspondence from the same period for letters R-Z arrived in the second body and is to be found in the CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY ADDENDUM series. There are similar instances of divided filing sequences elsewhere. The researcher who has identified one of the first 20 series as being of interest will also want to consult the corresponding ADDENDUM series.
    There are two unique series in the ADDENDUM portion of the Casey papers. The first is a small EARLY LIFE (1913-1943) FILE series containing material documenting Casey's life prior to his entry into the Office of Strategic Services. The second is a MEMORABILIA series of plaques, awards, diplomas, certificates, and assorted three-dimensional objects from all periods of his life.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United States -- Foreign relations -- 1981-1989
    United States -- Politics and government -- 1969-1974
    United States -- Politics and government -- 1981-1989
    United States -- Foreign relations -- 1969-1974
    Secret service -- United States
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service
    Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1980
    Finance, Public -- United States
    Intelligence service -- United States
    United States. Department of State
    Reagan, Ronald
    United States. Central Intelligence Agency
    United States. Office of Strategic Services
    Export-Import Bank of the United States
    Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
    United States. Securities and Exchange Commission