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Peter Krogh Television Program Files

Identifier: GTM-091101

Scope and Contents

This collection contains background/research material in the form of copies of news articles, papers and reports for the topics of two PBS television series on U.S. foreign affairs, moderated from 1980 to 2005 by Peter Krogh, Dean, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. The series were: "American Interests," and "Great Decisions" (also known as "World Beat: Great Decisions in Foreign Policy"). The latter was a collaboration of the Foreign Policy Association and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and was produced by World Beat Associates, beginning in 1989, an adjunct of the latter institution. Topics primarily covered economic and military relations with African countries, Canada, Latin America, and the Soviet Union. Specific information about each program is provided in series notes. Subject headings for this collection do not exhaustively cover all topics, therefore, a full search at the container summary level is recommended. Background files are not available for the entire series. Where possible, episode numbers are noted in folder descriptions/labels and correspond to existing audio-visual recordings in the Dean Peter Krogh Foreign Affairs Digital Archive.


  • 1981 - 2018
  • Majority of material found within 1981-1991


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Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical Note

Peter Frederic Krogh is an academic and diplomat who served as Dean of Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service from 1970 to 1995. Born in California in 1937, Krogh graduated from Harvard University in 1958 with a B.A. cum laude in Economics and later received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Since then, prominent positions he has held include White House Fellow, Special Assistant to the Secretary of State, and Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University.

Between 1981 and 2005, Peter Krogh moderated 270 half-hour PBS television programs spread across three television series, including American Interests, World Beat, and Great Decisions. In each episode, he interviewed experts, leaders, and other notable individuals about relevant topics of the time. Noteworthy individuals interviewed include Madeleine Albright, Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, King Hussein, and many others.

(Source: Peter F. Krogh. Wikipedia. Retrieved November 9, 2022, from


5 Cubic Feet (5 boxes and 2 folders)

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The collection is organized into 7 series:

Series 1. Program: "American Interests"

Series 2. Program: "Great Decisions"

Series 3. Program: "World Beat: Great Decisions in Foreign Policy" and World Beat Associates

Series 4. Foreign Policy Association

Series 5. Program: "American Interests" Addenda

Series 6. Peter Krogh / Miscellaneous Files

Series 7. Dean Peter Krogh Foreign Affairs Digital Archives

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Peter F. Krough, 2010, 2022, 2023.

The collection combines three accessions: GTM-091101, GTM-20221109, and GTM-20231114.

Processing Information

Processing decisions prior to November 2022 have not been recorded. In 2022, one folder of correspondence and promotional materials related to the Great Decisions program was added to the collection (Accession GTM-20221109). At that time, the finding aid for the collection was edited for DACS compliance. The Dean Peter Krogh Foreign Affairs Digital Archives was added to the collection as Series 7.

Accession GTM-20231114 added to the collection in November 2023.

Peter Krogh Television Program Files
Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
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Revision Statements

  • 2022: Edited for DACS compliance by John Zarrillo
  • 2022: Accession GTM-20221109 added to the collection by John Zarrillo
  • 2023-11: Accession GTM-20231114 added to the collection by John Zarrillo

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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