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Edmund S. Muskie Papers, Series VIII: Post-Secretary of State

Identifier: MC105.08

Series Overview

This series contains files related to with Muskie's activities after leaving office as secretary of state in 1981.

Many of the records were maintained in his office at the Washington, D.C., law firm Chadbourne and Parke, where he was a senior partner, and pertain to his professional and public service activities. These files include detailed documentation on Muskie's daily activities and public appearances, his legal work, and his professional activities with the American Bar Association.

The files also document Muskie's leadership of and participation in numerous public service and advocacy organizations such as the Center for National Policy (of which he was president) and the Maine Commission on Legal Needs (which he chaired).

This series also contains Muskie's files related to his service on the President's Special Review Board to investigate the Iran-Contra scandal.

Muskie's records related to his leadership of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission and the Nestle Infant Formula Audit Commission during this time period have been incorporated into Series IX and X, respectively.


  • 1979-1996, bulk 1981-1996
  • Majority of material found within 1981 - 1996


Access Restrictions

Materials are stored in a separate building. Please discuss your research needs with staff ahead of your visit, if possible.

Copyright Notice

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.


161 Linear Feet (322 manuscript boxes)

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Series Arrangement

The series is arranged into the following sets of files: Scheduling; Correspondence; Professional Activities; Public Service; Publications and Speeches; Political Activities.


For current information on the location of these materials, please consult archives staff.

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Repository Details

Part of the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library Repository

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