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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Robert L. Bartley papers
    Dates: 1966-2003.
    Collection Number: 2005C56
    Creator: Bartley, Robert L.
    Collection Size: 143 manuscript boxes. (48 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Correspondence, writings, and printed matter, relating to political and economic conditions in the United States, international relations, international economic conditions, and the publication of the Wall Street Journal.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: English

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    Access to audiovisual materials requires at least two weeks advance notice. Audiovisual materials include sound recordings, video recordings, and motion picture film. Hoover staff will determine whether use copies of the materials requested can be made available. Some materials may not be accessible even with advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives for further information.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Robert L. Bartley papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2005.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    1937, October 12 Born, Marshall, Minnesota
    1959 B.S., Iowa State University
    1962 M.S., University of Wisconsin
    1972-1978 Editorial page editor, Wall Street Journal
    1979-2002 Editor, Wall Street Journal
    1980 Awarded Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing
    1992 Author, The Seven Fat Years: And How to Do It Again
    2003, December 10 Died, New York City

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers of Robert L. Bartley document his thirty years successively as editorial page editor, and as overall editor, of the Wall Street Journal from 1972 to 2002. They include correspondence and other material detailing operations of the newspaper, and reportage and editorial commentary on financial, economic, political and military events, nationally and internationally. There is a large volume of material on financial and political scandals, especially relating to the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, the Watergate affair during the presidency of Richard M. Nixon, and the Whitewater and other affairs of the presidential administration of Bill Clinton. Other large bodies of material deal with supply-side economic policies, the Vietnamese War, the Iraq War, and biological and chemical warfare. The papers were acquired by the Hoover Institution from Edith Bartley in 2005.
    This preliminary inventory reflects the present retention of the papers in folder arrangements made by Bartley. The folders have been grouped into series to accord as well as possible with the nature of the folder titles. Two caveats with respect to these series arrangements should be noted. The first is that the Speeches and Writings series does not contain all writings by Bartley, but merely those in folders with titles referring to a specific speech, conference participation, or article, or an aspect of the preparation of Bartley's book The Seven Fat Years. The Wall Street Journal File contains folders of aggregations of printed copies of articles and editorials from particular years of that publication, mostly unsigned, but many certainly written by Bartley. The Subject File consists of folders of diverse materials with titles indicating a specific topic. Frequently they include both articles or other writings by Bartley on that topic and materials by others on the same topic. The second caveat regarding retention of Bartley's own folder arrangement is that there is a certain incidence of filing, or misfiling, of extraneous material, related dubiously or not at all to the ostensible theme suggested by the folder title.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    United States Politics and government.
    United States Foreign relations.
    United States Economic conditions.
    World politics.
    Journalism United States.