As the Daniel Ellsberg Archivist, Jeremy Smith ’94 is processing, rehousing, and creating intellectual order for the collection to improve access for researchers. “I am creating an overview of the collection, then I will transfer the material into archival folders and boxes for long-term preservation,” says Smith. “Along the way, I will be identifying items for potential digitization in the future.” Smith connects regularly with Dan, and his wife, Patricia, who are actively involved in making the materials accessible, and representative of Dan’s life and work, including work he is still producing. We asked Jeremy to tell us about a few objects he’s found so far in his work. “I chose three objects that I came across in my initial work with the collection that were interesting to me for various reasons. I could have grabbed any random box and found something fascinating, but I had to narrow it down to something.”
The Daniel Ellsberg Collection “Blame it on the CIA” Daniel Ellsberg shares select documents from his vast archive at UMass. In this two-and-a-half-minute clip, Ellsberg finds copies of photographs taken by Richard Nixon’s infamous “plumbers,” Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy, as they plot their illegal break-in at Ellsberg’s psychoanalyst’s office.