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Gary Wasserman Papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS441

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

The Gary Wasserman Papers consist of the research materials amassed by Gary Wasserman for his book entitled, "Politics of Decolonization: Kenya Europeans and the Land Issue, 1960-1965" (London: Cambridge University Press, 1976). This collection contains a small amount of Wasserman's correspondence with individuals, such as John W. Harbeson, Michael Blundell, and N.S. Carey-Jones. Also included is a series of Wasserman's notebooks covering various topics about Kenya. In addition, there are a number of manuscripts, some by Wasserman and some by others, about decolonization in Kenya. Moreover, there is an extensive run of printed materials about Kenya's politics and economics in the 1960s. Finally, oversized annual reports from the Kenya National Farmers' Union are preserved in this collection. The Gary Wasserman Papers are stored in 3 boxes (5.0 linear feet).

SERIES SYNOPSIS: Series 1 - Correspondence. Arranged chronologically. Series 2 - Notebooks belonging to Gary Wasserman. Arranged alphabetically by subject. Series 3 - Manuscripts. Arranged alphabetically by title. Series 4 - Michael Blundell Subject File. Series 5 - Land Transfers Subject File. Series 6 - Printed Materials. Arranged alphabetically by title. Series 7 - Oversized Materials: Kenya National Farmers' Union.


  • 1949 - 1980
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1976

Collection-level Access Restrictions

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Biographical note

Scholar Gary Wasserman received a Bachelor of Science from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1966. The next year, he obtained a Master of Arts in political science from Columbia University. Then, in 1973, he received a Ph.D. from Columbia University, where he was named a Fulbright Scholar. Gary Wasserman has had wide-ranging experiences in academia and public service. He worked as professor at Columbia University and Medgar Evers College from 1973 to 1978, national issues coordinator for the presidential campaign of Senator Fred Harris from 1975 to 1976, legislative assistant to Congressman Dave Obey from 1976 to 1977, special assistant for evaluation for the State Department Agency for International Development from 1979 to 1981, publisher and editor of "Mole Magazine" from 1982 to 1984, partner for Bob Beckel & Associates from 1985 to 1992, senior vice president of Bozell Sawyer Miller from 1992 to 1995, director of Wasserman & Associates from 1995 to 2004, professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University from 2004 to 2005, visiting professor of government at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar, and adjunct professor for several years at Georgetown University. Gary Wasserman has published a number of books, including "Politics of Decolonization: Kenya Europeans and the Land Issue, 1960-1965" (1976), "America's Government" (1990), "The Founding Family" (2002), "The Basics of American Politics" (2006), and "Politics in Action: Cases in Modern American Government" (2006), Gary Wasserman lives in Washington, D.C.

[Source: Information provided by Gary Wasserman.]


3 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

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Acquisition Information

Status: Open. Provenance: Gift of Gary Wasserman, 8/12/2009. Processed by Scott S. Taylor, October 2009.

Gary Wasserman Papers
Scott S. Taylor. Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057