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Anna Kasten Nelson - Public Appearances

Congressional Testimony

Testimony before Congressional Committees for AHA and OAH on Access to Public Records and Archival Policy.

  • November 12, 1981
  • March 10, 1982
  • June 28, 1983
  • September 9, 1986
  • September 17, 1986
  • October 19, 2001
  • March 1, 2007
  • April 16, 2008

Radio and Television Appearances

National Public Radio, April 1, 2007 (on Presidential Libraries).

Canadian Broadcasting TV, December 28 (on President Gerald Ford).

National Public Radio, December 18, 2004 (on the Central Intelligence Agency).

The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU, December 7, 2003 on 2003 Pulitzer Prize for History winner An Army at Dawn: the War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson (Henry Holt and Company, 2003).

"The News Hour with Jim Lehrer," January 6, 2002.

Cable News Network, February 27, 2002 on George W. Bush Executive Order requiring past and current presidential approval to release past presidents' records.

The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU, November 21, 2001 on George W. Bush Executive Order requiring past and current presidential approval to release past presidents' records.

Cable News Network, July 1997 on the Foreign Relations of the United States documents.

National Public Radio, February 1996 on the declassification of records.

Cable News Network, June 1995 (Enola Gay and the Smithsonian Exhibit).

WAMU, January 1995.

The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU, December 1994 (on the Enola Gay Exhibit).

Interviews related to JFK Records Review Board

  • CBS Today Show, May 31, 1999.
  • History Channel, November 22, 1998.
  • C-Span, "Washington Journal" October 10, 1998.
  • Channel 9 Morning News, October 1, 1998.
  • Canadian Radio, September 30, 1998.
  • Press Conferences on Board Report, September 29 &30, 1998.
  • WDSU New Orleans NBC-TV Station, June 1998.
  • National Network Organization, June 1998.
  • WGN, March 1996.

Papers and Panel Discussions

Commentator: Dean Acheson and the Creation of an American World Order by Richard McMahon (Potomac Books, 2008), Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, March 18, 2009.

Speech: "Rethinking the Kennedy Assassination," University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, November 2008.

Commentator: The Search for Negotiated Peace: Women's Activism and Citizen Diplomacy in World War I by David Patterson (Routledge, 2007), Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC, January 17, 2008.

Speech: "The Pleasure (and Pain) of Writing about Powerful Women in Foreign Affairs," Women Historians in SHAFR Breakfast, Society for Historians of American Foreign Policy Annual Meeting, Chantilly, VA, June 23, 2007.

Commentator: Toward a Reaganite Foreign Policy, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting, Chantilly, VA, June 23, 2007.

Commentator: From Alien Nations to Global Community: Political, Cultural, and Environmental Approaches to Space History in an Unstable World, American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, January 4, 2007.

Panelist: The Life Cycle of Presidential Libraries: From Processing to Declassification to Education, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, a session of the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, January 6, 2007.

Paper: "Symposium on Presidential and Congressional Papers," The John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress, New York, NY, October 25, 2005.

Panelist: Classified National Security Information: The Vision, the Reality, the Future. The National Archives' Information Security Oversight Office Symposium, October 25, 2005.

Commentator: Americans and Military Occupations in in the Pacific, April 1, 2005, Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Panelist: Secrecy and Access in the Archives: Washington, Moscow, and the Vatican, January 8, 2005, American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Paper: "9/11 and Foreign Policy," June 2004, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.

Panelist: Secrecy and the Editing of History, National Freedom of Information Day Conference, March 16, 2004, Rooftop Conference Center, Arlington, VA.

Preston Lecture: February 10, 2004, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT.

Commentator: Access to Federal Government Records after 9–11, January 9, 2004, American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Panelist: Re-Evaluating the Nixon/Ford/Kissinger Era: Transatlantic Relations and U.S. Foreign Policy during the 1970s and Beyond, June 18, 2003, Library of Congress, Washington, DC. http://www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/fellowships/larres-presentations.html;also an article in the Library of Congress' Information Bulletin.

Paper: February 26, 2003, Phi Alpha Theta, American University, Washington, DC.

Address: "Organizing for War without End: Lessons from the Cold War," June 19, 2002, Miller Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. http://millercenter.org/scripps/archive/forum/detail/1603

Commentator: The Reagan Presidency, March 2002.

Paper: "Assistant Secretary of Defense Rosenberg," Society of Military History Annual Meeting, April 2002, Madison, WI.

Panelist: Conference on Cuban Missile Crisis on its Fortieth Anniversary, October 10-14, 2002, Havana, Cuba.

Paper: "NSC-68 as a Case Study," Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting, June 2000, Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto, Canada.

Speech: "Sowing the Seeds of Secrecy," March 25, 2000, "Point of No Return: 1950, the Cold War, and the Twentieth Century," University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

Paper: "Where Will the Raw Materials of History Come From," January 15, 2000, "Does the Past Have a Future? A Conference Celebrating Twenty Years of Public History," Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Paper: "Opening the Door to Intelligence History: The Example of the Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board," June 20, 1999, Fifth Annual Meeting of the International Intelligence History Association, Akademie Fur Politische Bildung, Tutzing, Germany.

Paper: "Policy and Process: NSC-68 as a Case Study," June 1999, Journal of Policy History Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Lecture: Contemporary History Institute Seminar Series, January 28, 1999, Ohio University, Athens, OH.

Paper: "The Influence on Theodore Roosevelt's Foreign Policies of His Experience as Assistant Secretary of the Navy and Service in the Spanish-American War," October 21, 1998, "Theodore Roosevelt, the U.S. Navy, and the Spanish-American War: A Symposium," Naval Heritage Center, U.S. Navy Memorial, Washington, DC.

Paper: "Obsessed with Cuba: New Evidence from the Kennedy Years, 1961-1963," October 23-24, 1998, "Revisionism in U.S. Foreign Relations: A Tribute to the Scholarship of Thomas G. Paterson," Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

Paper: "NSC-10/2: The New Covert Action Mechanism, 1948," June 18, 1998, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Panelist: The John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board, November 1997, American Society of Access Professionals.

Panelist: Executive Order 12958, October 31, 1997, National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, MD.

Lecture: "Confronting History," October 1, 1997, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

Paper: "Origins of the National Security State," June 1997, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Paper: "Turf Wars: Implementing the National Security Act of 1947," April 4, 1997, Society for History in the Federal Government Annual Meeting, National Archives, College Park, MD.

Panelist: Importance of Political History, April 1997, Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Panelist: Presidential Records, February 20, 1997, "Policy Choices in the Post-New Deal Era" Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, Atlanta, GA. 

Symposium Participant: The View from Academia, September 1996, The State of the Intelligence Community's Historical Declassification Program.

Panelist: Enola Gay Exhibit, "Walking a Tightrope, Exhibit Design in the 90s," June 1996, Society for Environmental Graphic Design. 

Roundtable Participant: On Access, May 1996, Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy (Moynihan Commission), http://www.fas.org/sgp/library/moynihan/appf.html.

Panelist: Opening the Records: An Introduction to the JFK Records Review Board, January 1996, American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Panelist, Open Secrets: An Interim Report of the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board, March 1996, Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL.

Commentator: Presidents and the Military in the Twentieth Century, March 29, 1996, Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL.

Panelist: Reporting on Historical Controversy: A Panel Discussion on Covering History in the Wake of the Enola Gay Controversy, June 26, 1995, National Press Club, Washington, DC.

Panelist: The Electronic Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), April 10, 1995, District of Columbia Library Association and the Government Documents Roundtable of ALA, Rosslyn Westpark Hotel, Arlington, VA.

Panelist: The Enola Gay Exhibit: Should the Smithsonian Satisfy Everyone, December 1994, American University and National Public Radio, Washington, DC.

Paper: "The Outsider as Insider: The Historian as Adviser," October 21, 1994, American Society for Legal History Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Commentator: Beyond Eisenhower Revision, June 1994, Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting, Waltham, MA.

Panelist: Research, Records, and Declassification, March 18, 1994, "The Origin and Development of the CIA in the Administration of Harry Truman," Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and the Center for the Study of Intelligence, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Tysons Corner, VA.

Commentator: Harry S. Truman and His Presidency: Post-Liberal and Post-Cold War Assessments, January 1994, American Historical Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Lecture: "Wilson's Foreign Policy," October 1993, Smithsonian Associates, Washington, DC.

Paper: "Frustrations of Scholarly Research in Recent American Documentation," April 21, 1993, University of Maryland Policy Seminar, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Paper: "Forging the Cold War National Security Policy: A 'Lesson' from the Past," October 16, 1992, The Future of American National Security Policy, Triangle Universities Security Seminar, Rougement, NC.

Commentator: Public Historians and Scholarship on the Modern State, April 5, 1992, Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Lecture: "What Can We Know and When Can We Know It," FOIA and Access to Documents, April 30, 1992, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ.

Commentator: Federal Historians in a Changing World, December 28, 1991, American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Paper, "Rethinking NSC-68, Seminar on the Cold War," October 1991, Institute of Policy Studies, Washington DC.

Paper: "Writing the Biography of a Senator: George Aiken of Vermont, A Case Study," October 21, 1991, Aiken Lecture Series, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.

Lecture: "Eisenhower and the National Security Council," October 23, 1990, Eisenhower Centenary Lecture Series, Eisenhower Center for Leadership Studies, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA.

Commentator: The Importance of Foreign Policy Process: Eisenhower and the National Security Council, October 5, 1990, Ike's America Conference, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

Guest Lecturer: "The Evolution of the American Foreign Policy Process from Roosevelt to Truman," April 18, 1990, Foreign Relations Association of New Orleans, International House, New Orleans, LA. 

Paper: "Kennedy's National Security Policy: A Reassessment," December 1989, American Historical Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. 

Panelist: The Changing Nature of Documentation and its Impact on Historical Research in Diplomatic History, October 1989, Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Clarion Hotel, St. Louis, MO.

Paper: "The Historian's Dilemma, Researching Congress: The Paradox of Sources," A Bicentennial Research Conference on Congress, February 9, 1989, Library of Congress, Washington, DC. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Sour

Paper: "Before the National Security Adviser: Did the NSC Matter," June 10, 1988, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting.

Panelist: Oral History in Presidential Libraries, March 1988, Oral History Conference, Mid-Atlantic Region.

Participant: West Point Symposium on the Theory and Practice of National Security, 1960-1968, March 1988, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.

Paper: "Toward a National Historical Records Policy," September 4, 1987, Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York, NY.

Panelist: Academic v. Government Sponsored Research, April 1987, Joint Meeting of the National Council on Public History and the Society for History in the Federal Government, Hyatt Regency, Washington, DC.

Address: "Research and Government Information Policy," February 1987, Friends of the Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

Address: "Effect on Research of Recent Information Policy Decisions," October 1986, Association of Public Data Users.

Lecture: "Themes in American Diplomacy," May 16, 1986, Foreign Affairs Interdepartmental Seminar, Foreign Service Institute, Arlington, VA.

Paper: "Dulles, Eisenhower and the Bipartisan Congress," April 1986, Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Statler, NY.

Panelist: The Impact of Federal Information Policy on Research, April 16, 1986, San Diego Colloquium, University of California, San Diego, CA.

Paper: "Committee on the Records of Government," October 1985, Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting.

Panelist: Historians and Government Information Policy, October 1985, Association of Research Libraries.

Panelist: Historians and Access to Government Records, October 1985, American Society of Access Professionals.

Paper: "Public Records," August 1985, National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators.

Lecture: "The President, Congress and Foreign Policy: 200 Years of Conflict," April 11, 1985, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ.

Paper: "History and Historical Methods," 1984, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Northern Virginia Graduate Center, Falls Church, VA.

Paper: 1984, Washington, DC Humanities Council.Hewlett Lecture: "Past, Present, and Future: The Impact of a Changing Environment on Public Records," September 12, 1984, Society for History in the Federal Government.

Commentator: U.S. Expansion, August 1984, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting.

Paper: "Writing History under Current Regulations on Declassification," April 1984, Conference on the First Amendment, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI.

Panel Chair: Twentieth Century Research, April 1984, Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting.

Paper: "The Way We Were," October 1983, Association of Documentary Editors, Baltimore, MD.

Address: "In Support of History," October 3, 1983, Annual Conference of History Department Chairs, North Carolina Institute of History.

Paper: "Truman and the NSC," April 1983, Conference on the Truman Presidency, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.

Commentator: Public History, April 1983, Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Stouffer's Towers and Cincinnati Convention Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Keynote Address: March 1983, South Atlantic Archives and Records Administrators. 

Paper: "Eisenhower and the NSC," April 1982, Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Franklin Plaza, Philadelphia, PA.

Panelist: Curriculum Development, April 1982, Conference on Public History.

Paper: "National Archives' Problems in the Next Decade," October 1981, Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference.

Paper: "Public Documents Commission and the Presidential Records Act," September 1981, Society of American Archivists.

Commentator: Machine-Readable Records, October 1980, Society of American Archivists.

Participant: The Presidency in the International Environment, June 1980, Miller Center Roundtable, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Paper: "Public Documents Commission," May 1980, Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference.

Paper: "Jane S. Cazneau and American Expansionism," August 1978, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting.

Paper: "The Records of the NSC, 1952-56," March 1977, Conference on War and Diplomacy, The Citadel, Charleston, SC.

Participant, Conference on Access to the Papers of Recent Public Figures, 21 October 1976, New Harmony. IN.