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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 7599278

James S. Doyle collection of Watergate material


A collection of papers, court filings, newspaper articles, and letters relating to the Watergate investigation collected by James S. Doyle who was the press secretary for Watergate Special Prosecutors Cox, Jaworski, and Ruth. Also included are manuscripts for Doyle's book "Not Above The Law" and papers related to the book.


  • Creation: 1973-1977

Conditions Governing Access

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

Some restrictions apply. Contact Curator of Modern Manuscripts and Archives for more information.


24 boxes (10 linear feet)

The information in this collection was collected by James Doyle who was a special assistant to Watergate Prosecutors Archibald Cox, Leon Jaworski, and Henry Ruth. The material in this collection spans the years 1973-1977. Mr. Doyle served as a special assistant from 1973-1975 and the material in this collection consists of correspondences, newspapers and newspaper clippings, magazines and magazine articles, court filings and cassettes. Included are drafts of James Doyle's book "Not Above the Law." All major events of the Watergate investigation are covered in this collection including the Saturday Night Massacre, court filings for G. Gordon Liddy and Chuck Colson, and media reaction to Richard Nixon's pardoning by Gerald Ford.

Historical/Biographical Information

  • June 17, 1972 Watergate break-in
  • May 19, 1973Archibald Cox appointed Special Prosecutor
  • October 20, 1973Saturday Night Massacre
  • November 1, 1973Leon Jaworski appointed Special Prosecutor
  • August 9, 1974Nixon resigns the Presidency
  • September 8, 1974Nixon pardoned by President Ford

June 17, 1972
Watergate break-in
May 19, 1973
Archibald Cox appointed Special Prosecutor
October 20,1973
Saturday Night Massacre
November 1,1973
Leon Jaworski appointed Special Prosecutor
August 9, 1974
Nixon resigns the Presidency
September 8, 1974
Nixon pardoned by President Ford

Series List/Description

  1. Series 1: Watergate Files 1973-19741973-1974
  2. Series 2: Research materials for Doyle's book "Not Above theLaw" with related papers and correspondence 1973-19771973-1977
  3. Series 3: Audio Recordings on Cassette Tapes which includeinterviews with Archibald Cox, Elliot Richardson, Robert Bork, andothers who were invovled with Watergate in some capacity. 1973-1975 1973-1975

    Withineach series individual items or folders are identified by box andfolder number. For example, the number 5-12 corresponds to box 5,folder 12.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This material was given in 1994 as a gift by James Doyle.

Processing Information

Processed by Alvin Ealy March 2009

James S. Doyle collection of Watergate material: Finding Aid
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections Repository

Harvard Law School Library's Historical & Special Collections (HSC) collects, preserves, and makes available research materials for the study of the law and legal history. HSC holds over 8,000 linear feet of manuscripts, over 100,000 rare books, and more than 70,000 visual images.

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