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Marlin Fitzwater papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Personal papers

Professional records

Clippings

Memorabilia

Serials, Books, Special Publications

Photographs and posters

Audio and video (VHS, Beta, audio cassettes, DVDs, floppy discs)



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Marlin Fitzwater papers, 1942- | Morse Department of Special Collections

By Ashley Nary, Franklin Pierce University; Volodymyr Chumachenko, Kansas State University

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Collection Overview

Title: Marlin Fitzwater papers, 1942-Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Fitzwater, Marlin (1942-)

Extent: 74.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

The collection is organized into following series and sub-series:

I. Personal papers:

    1) Ray and Iva Fitzwater

    2) Max and Phyllis Fitzwater

    3) Marlin Fitzwater (including Linda Fitzwater and Melinda Andrews Fitzwater)

    4) Fitzwater family history

     5) Post-White House personal and business documents

II. Professional papers/records, 1976 - 2002

    1) EPA

    2) Treasury Department

    3) Office of President Reagan

    4) Office of Vice President George H. Bush

    5) Office of President Reagan (1987-1989)

    6) Office of President George H. Bush

III. Clippings, 1960-2002

IV. Memorabilia

V. Serials, books, special publications

VI. Photographs and posters

VII. Audio and video (VHS, Beta, audio cassettes, DVDs, floppy discs)

Date Acquired: 01/12/2014

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection documents the personal and professional activities of Marlin Fitzwater. He served as Assistant to the President for Press Relations under Reagan, and Press Secretary under George H.W. Bush. The bulk of the records in this collection were produced and/or collected by Fitzwater during his years in the White House and in the following years as a lecturer and author. Items include memos, speeches, interviews, correspondence schedules, reports, and other documents. Items of note include correspondence to and from Presidents Reagan and Bush, newswires, briefings, records documenting U.S. and Soviet relations, economic summits, and other foreign and domestic policy decisions made during the terms of Reagan and Bush, Gulf War of 1990-1991. Other items of note in the collection include World War II ration cards belonging of Marlin Fitzwater parents, speeches delivered by Marlin Fitzwater after he left the White House, manuscripts and research materials related to his books, photo albums and numerous photographs of the White House period, posters, and numerous memorabilia items.

Biographical Note

Max Marlin Fitzwater was born on a farm in Salina, Kansas on November 24, 1942 to Max Malcolm and Phyllis Ethel [Seaton] Fitzwater. [He has used his middle name since childhood to distinguish himself from his father]. A graduate from Kansas State University (B.A. in Journalism, 1965), Fitzwater was an advertising executive with the Manhattan Mercury (Kansas) and correspondent for the Topeka Capitol-Journal in 1962-1965. He was editor of the Linsburg News-Record (Kansas) in 1962, and worked for the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle (Kansas). After his graduation from K-State, Fitzwater left for D.C. area, where his fiance landed a job. He soon found his first government job in the Applachian Regional Commission. From 1965 to 1992, Marlin Fitzwater worked at different federal governmental agencies and the White House:

1965-1967 - Assistant in the Public Affairs Department of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

1967-1970 - Served in the United States Air Force

1970-1972 - Speechwriter in the Department of Transportation.

1972-1980 - Director of Press Relations, Environmental Protection Agency

1981-1983 - Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Treasury Department

1983-1987 - Deputy Press Secretary to the President for Domestic Policy, The White House

1985-1987 - Press Secretary to the Vice President, The White House

1987-1989 - Assistant to the President for Press Relations, The White House

1989 - Councelor to the President and Press Secretary, The White House

1989-1992 - Press Secretary to the President, The White House

Mr. Fitzwater received the Presidential Citizen Medal in 1992. He has worked on the television show The West Wing as a consultant. In 2002, Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire completed the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication in his honor.

He is the author of the following books:

Fitzwater, Marlin. Call The Briefing. Crown Publishing Group, 1995.

Fitzwater, Marlin. Esther's Pillow. PublicAffairs, 2001.

Fitzwater, Marlin. Death in the Polka Dot Shoes. CCB Publishing, 2011

Fitzwater, Marlin. Sunflowers: A Collection of Short Stories. CCB Publishing, 2011.

Fitzwater, Marlin. Oyster Music. Cedar Winds Publishing, 2012.

Administrative Information

Repository: Morse Department of Special Collections

Use Restrictions: The researcher assumes full responsiblity for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Acquisition Source: Marlin Fitzwater

Acquisition Method: Donation

Preferred Citation: [Item title], [item date], Marlin Fitzwater papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Personal papers],
[Series 2: Professional records],
[Series 3: Clippings],
[Series 4: Memorabilia],
[Series 5: Serials, Books, Special Publications],
[Series 6: Photographs and posters],
[Series 7: Audio and video (VHS, Beta, audio cassettes, DVDs, floppy discs)],
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Series 1: Personal papersAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Ray and Iva FitzwaterAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1965-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Funeral/obituaries, 1965, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Medical/financial/real estate, 1965 - restrictedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Clippings, 1960sAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Max and Phyllis FitzwaterAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Office and Price Administration War Ration Books, 1940sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Memorial Services, 1976, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Max Fitzwater Funeral, 1993Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Marlin Fitzwater (incl. Linda Fitzwater and Melinda Andrews)Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Baby book, 1942-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 9: School certificates, 1948-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Abilene Public schools grade reports, 1949-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Order of DeMolay, 1958-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Abilene High School Booster, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Clippings by/about Marlin Fitzwater, 1960-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Abilene High School Clippings, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Abilene High School Events, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Card from Mary Kathleen Regan, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Abilene High School diploma and graduation invitation, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Varsity letters and pinsAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Sports Editor, Abilene H.S. Booster, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 20: High School Yearbook, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Kansas State University orientation information, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence from the family, 1960-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Kansas State University student grade reports, 1960-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Journalism notebooks and unidentified photos, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 25: K-State notebook with clippings, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 26: K-State notebook with clippings, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 27: “The Man and the Pew”, Program and Schedule, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Requiem of an Affair” by Marlin Fitzwater (manuscript)Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Selective Service Card, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 30: News Reporting by M. Fitzwater, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Clippings by M. Fitzwater Portfolio, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 32: “The College Scene” articles and research, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Correspondence from family, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Gary Fitzwater (Traffic Laws violations), 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Manhattan, KS parking tickets, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Marlin Fitzwater KSU Diploma, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Benevolent Lodge Initiation, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Kansas State Collegian, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Abilene High School Reunion, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Dorothy Elliot Scrapbook of M. Fitzwater correspondence/articles, 1960-1990Add to your cart.
Box 2: Restricted documentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Marlin and Linda Fitzwater Christmas greetings, 1968 -1977Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Marlin Fitzwater Christmas storiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Taxes, 1979-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 4: “Bowlegs Campground” song (by M. Fitzwater), 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Paid Bills 1980-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Cancelled checks, 1980-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Cancelled checks, 1980-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Cancelled checks, 1980-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Fitzwater Family letters, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Taxes, 1983-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Cancelled checks, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Mortgage/home documents, 1985-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Cancelled checks, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 14: FaPirlington Commons apartment purchase, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Taxes, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Cancelled checks, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Financials, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Holiday cards, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Belle Haven phone list, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence, 1980-1981; 1985-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Personal finances, 1980-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Fitzwater Family history research, 1987-1988; 1991-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 23: House sale/purchase, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Abilene High School Reunion, 1990Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Voter Card, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Kennebunk real estate, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Boat 1991-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Cancelled checks, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 5: SEP/taxes, 1992-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Houses, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Fannie Mae/Request for verification of employment, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Abilene High School reunion, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Christmas cards and letters, 1996-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Medical, 1990-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1990-1995; 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Friends/relatives address list, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Fitzwater/Andrews passports, IDs, insurance copies, no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence from children, no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence, no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Household notes, no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Return addresses, no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Real estate, no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: House plans, no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: “The Elf with the Broken Leg” by Marlin Fitzwater, no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: “The Bug Man” by Marlin Fitzwater, no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: 1987 Albin 40 boat, no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: “Requiem of a Summer”, no dateAdd to your cart.
Box 74Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Personal Cards/InvitationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Personal Information - restrictedAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Fitzwater Family HistoryAdd to your cart.
Box 58: Correspondence, clippings, photosAdd to your cart.
Box 72Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Helen Wilson Letter and CollageAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Lincoln County, KS Court CaseAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Descendants of William Fitzwater IIIAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Prescot Bush, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Fitzwater Family History - XIX cont.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Fitzwater Family Origin 17th CenturyAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Kyne House Museum VisitAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: 1997 MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Letter From Uncle Fuerett F., Dodge City, KSAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence About Family HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: 1911 "Tar Party" of Shady BendAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: Post-White House Personal and Business DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Box 59Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Empowerment speech" by president George H.W. Bush, 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Monthly Planner, 1995-1997, 2006-2007Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "Ghost of campaigns past haunting the presidential race", Bill Glauber, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 4: M. Fitzwater planning list, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Maryland Republican nomination delegate, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Monthly planners, 2008-2011Add to your cart.
Folder 7: White House holiday reception, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Bush-Gorbachev Play Correspondence, 2008, 2013Add to your cart.
Folder 9: M. Fitzwater-George W. Bush correspondence, 2009 - restrictedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Chelsea Clinton Correspondence, 2010 - restrictedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: M. Fitzwater-George W. Bush email regarding Nancy Pelosi, 2011 - restrictedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: "Former press secretary shares stories of two White Houses"-NBC29.com, 2011Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Former White Hosue press secretary to speak"-Augusta Free Press, 2011Add to your cart.
Folder 14: George W. Bush and Barbara Bush tribute to Ronald ReaganAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: George H.W. Bush, Richard Ben Kramer article, 2011Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Gerald R. Ford Aircraft Carrier christeningAdd to your cart.
Box 60Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Robert Sherrill v. Stuart Knight, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 2: George H.W. Bush Newsweek bio, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Press briefing by Fitzwater and Maslennikov, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 4: President George H.W. Bush & Gorbachev Press conference , 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Time Magazine: Making crime pay, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 6: U.S News: Falling Star, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Generations Newspaper, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Letter from President Bush, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 9: George H.W. Bush oral history symposium, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "The other war room"-Washington Monthly, 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 11: MNBA correspondence, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Funeral program Ronald Reagan, 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 13: C-Span correspondence, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Presidential inagural speech invitation, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Senator Chuck Hagel C-Span, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Funeral Gerald R. Ford, 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Spindle Top award, 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Thomas J. Abercombie Funeral, 2006Add to your cart.
Box 61Add to your cart.
Folder 1: M. Fitzwater-President Bush interview, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: M. Fitzwater name placard, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Newsweek: The Yeltsin challenge, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Offcial forms, notes, memos, resumes. 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Reflections on Gorbachev's personal summit style, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Used notepads, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: White House communications operations, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 8: Kansas Press Association License PlateAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Date of President Reagan's speeches, 1981-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 10: The trip of Ronald Reagan to Japan, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Army-Navy Week, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "Reagan v. the Press" The Second Term, 1985Add to your cart.
Box 62Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Abercombie Prelim Outline. n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Arthur Schlesinger Jr's rating of president: The complete ReportAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Birthday seasonal cards, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Certificate of plank ownershipAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Fitzwater column sketchAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: The Gorbachev files: Secret papers reveal truth behind the Soviet collapse, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Gulf war timeline, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Huck Boyd lecture, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Jean Becker correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Kansas humanities special eventAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Los Angeles Times Consult, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Mark D. Wienberg correspondence, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Marlin Fitzwater center for communication: Social media, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Moments in history: Hnery D. Burroughs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: On this day: Offensive combat, Kuwait freed, Iraqis crushed. n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Peggy Cifrino note, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Personal notes-Nancy & Ronald Reagan, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Photo Collage, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 19: The Presidential leadership program: Background info on M. FitzwaterAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Send off of George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier- Mary Kate Carey, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Roberta McCain Article, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Valentines day card, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: White House 4th of July invitation, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Reagan/Gorbachev summit, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 25: George H.W Bush: Checkout scanner incident, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Delta Tau Delta Education FoundationAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Bush Library Advisory Council updateAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: White House retirement letter, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Cleobelle Budd correspondence, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Jean Becker letter of intent, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 31: George H.W. Bush memoir revision notes, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Letter from Andrew H. Card Jr., chief of staff to the White House, 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Christian Science monitor correspondence, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Christmas gifts for Marlin Fitzwater, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Dennis retirement letterAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Howard H. Baker staff reunion, 2005Add to your cart.
Box 63: Personal correspondence (2008-2009) restricted; newspaper and magazine clippings.Add to your cart.
Box 64: Personal correspondence (2010-2012) - restricted; newspaper and magazine clippingsAdd to your cart.
Box 74Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Letter from Barbara Bush to Marlin and Melinda - restrictedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Crystal Cruise, 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Weizmann Institute of ScienceAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 2014Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 2015Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Official InvitationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Miscellaneous Personal PapersAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Incomplete Remarks by Marlin FitzwaterAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Remarks by Marlin Fitzwater, 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Remarks by Marlin Fitzwater, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Remarks by Marlin Fitzwater, 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Remarks by Marlin Fitzwater, 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Remarks by Marlin Fitzwater, 2008Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Remarks by Marlin Fitzwater, 2012Add to your cart.
Folder 20: NotepadsAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: NotepadsAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: NotepadsAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: K-State University Commencement Speech, December 11, 2015Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Remarks at the Reagan Presidential Library Celebrating President's Birthday, Feb. 6, 2016Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: Personal papers],
[Series 2: Professional records],
[Series 3: Clippings],
[Series 4: Memorabilia],
[Series 5: Serials, Books, Special Publications],
[Series 6: Photographs and posters],
[Series 7: Audio and video (VHS, Beta, audio cassettes, DVDs, floppy discs)],
[All]


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