Collection 87 - John A. Adams NAFTA Collection

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John A. Adams NAFTA Collection


  • 1987-1997 (Creation)


19.00 Boxes

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The materials in this collection were assembled by John A. Adams, Jr. as an active United States participant in the negotiations of the United States, Canada and Mexico in negotiating and agreeing upon an agreement to permit free trade among the three countries. Adams’ involvement in the process of negotiating and approving what became the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1987 and continued throughout the entire process. As a trained historian, Adams recognized the importance of documenting as much of the process as a single active participant could. In that process he accumulated a wide variety of materials that include clippings, magazine articles, books, reports, correspondence, notes, newswire reports, pamphlets, leaflets, papers presented at conferences, conference programs, and other types of documents that shed light on the process of negotiating an international treaty.

After the treaty was formally approved by all parties involved, Adams boxed all of the documents he had collected, produced a report in which he briefly described the contents of each of the twenty-one boxes and then gave them to the Political Sciences and Economics Library of the Texas A&M University Libraries. A copy of Adams’ report has been cataloged and is available in the Political Science and Economics Library with a call number of HF 17456. A33. At some point they were transferred from his original twenty-one boxes into three filing cabinets. During the 2005-2006 academic year, the records were transferred into 19 cubic foot archival boxes and transferred to Cushing Memorial Library where all of the archives and special collections materials are housed. A new box level finding guide has been created as part of this document. The materials have been kept in the original folders in which Mr. Adams had them when he presented them to Texas A&M University. Some of the materials were not in folders when they were put into boxes at the Political Sciences and Economics Library and are still not in folders. In those cases where materials were not in boxes, that information is included in the descriptions of the folders in each of the nineteen boxes described below.

System of arrangement

This collection is organized into 19 boxes.

Box 1. Reports, clippings, newsletters, and magazines.

Box 2. Letters, clippings, newsletters, magazine reports, and Knight-Ridder newswire reports.

Box 3. Publications and reports.

Box 4. Journals, clippings, reports, and statements.

Box 5. Clippings, transcript, notes, reports, press release, and newsletters.

Box 6. Letters, press release, reports, memos, and draft bill.

Box 7. Magazines, report and clippings.

Box 8. Newsletters, reports, magazines, news releases, clippings, and information packet.

Box 9. Book, letters, brochures, clippings, notes, and memos.

Box 10. Magazines, texts of speeches, reports, brochures, clippings, and proposed amendment.

Box 11. Manuscript, books, magazines, reports, and flyers.

Box 12. Books, reports, presentations, letters, and articles.

Box 13. Newspapers.

Box 14. Clippings, magazines, journal articles, notes, reports, and promotional materials.

Box 15. Book, booklets, publications, and newspapers.

Box 16. Brochures, reports, handbooks, and short publications.

Box 17. Information packets in Spanish, newspapers, clippings, reports, and articles.

Box 18. Booklets, text of a presentation, clippings, articles, and reports.

Box 19. Magazines, manuscript reports, conference materials, and clippings.

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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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  • English
  • Spanish

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