Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Rice University James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy records, 1993-2014 UA 114

creator James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy.
Title: Rice University James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy records
Dates: 1993-2014
Abstract: Records dating from the founding and groundbreaking of Baker Hall and the Institute for Public Policy (October 20, 1994 groundbreaking, Oct. 15, 1997 dedication). Formats include informational booklets, groundbreaking materials, press releases, invitations to events, videotapes of events, and conference materials.
Identification: UA 114
Quantity: 5.25 Linear Feet
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

On June 2, 1992, Dr. Richard J. Stoll, Director for the Center for the Study of Institutions and Values, as well as a professor of Political Science, sent a memo to then Rice President George Rupp. In this memo, Stoll suggested that Rice approach then Secretary of State James A. Baker III for the beginnings of a "James Baker Institute". Rupp responded favorably to Stoll's memo and thus the Baker Institute was born.

On March 31, 1993, Secretary Baker gave a speech accepting Rice's offer of an Institute in his honor. While at Rice where he laid down his ideas on the Baker Institute. In this speech, entitled "Ideas Into Action", in which he charged the Baker Institute to "draw together statesmen, scholars and students...and...build a bridge between the world of ideas and the world of action..." These founding words were later used as the building stones for the external architecture of the building.

Between 1993 and 1994, the Baker Institute was coordinated by John Rogers, fomer undersecretary for management at the Department of State. In August 1994, Rice appointed a Founding Director for the Institute, distinguished diplomat Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian. Ambassador Djerejian continues to serve in the post of Founding Director to the present.

On October 20, 1994 ground was broken on the Baker Hall building site. Four U.S. Presidents participated in the ceremony (Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush), setting the bipartisan tone that James A. Baker III had madated from the Institute's beginning. More information on the Institute's groundbreaking ceremony can be found in the Inagural Baker Institute report. This was a major step forward for the Institute. As the Founding Director noted: "...the building itself symbolizes, in both form and function, the integrative nature of the Baker Institute. Within its walls the faculty and students of Rice University will interact with visiting scholars and practitioners to address the major issues our nation faces in the future."

The First Associate Director for Academic Programs was selected in 1995 - Dr. Richard Stoll. In January 2001, Dr. Stoll resigned from that position to take on more responsibility as the Associate Dean of Social Sciences at Rice. The current Associate Director is Dr. Allen Matusow.

On October 17, 2003 the Baker Institute celebrated its 10th anniversary with a gala on Jamail Plaza. The gala featured Vice President Richard Cheney as the guest of honor. More than 700 people turned out to raise their glasses in tribute to the occasion.

Excerpted from the Baker Institute website, http://bakerinstitute.org/BakerIns/hist_index.htm (accessed on Jan. 9, 2006).

Scope and Contents

Records dating from the groundbreaking and founding of Baker Hall and the Institute for Public Policy (Oct. 15, 1997 dedication). Formats include informational booklets, groundbreaking materials, press releases, invitations to events, videotapes of events, and conference materials.


Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy records, 1993-2012, must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Index Terms

clippings (information artifacts)
press releases
Political planning
United States
Social history
Political culture
Policy sciences
James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy.

Related Material

For further information on James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, please contact the Institute directly. http://bakerinstitute.org/

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rice University James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy records, 1993-2012, Rice University Archives, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

These records were gathered by WRC staff in some cases and transferred from the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy in other cases.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Printed materials, 1993-2003

Box Folder
1 1 Informational booklets
2 Facility groundbreaking materials, Oct. 1997 [see also Baker Hall info file]
3 Building rendering, iconography
4 Status reports, design and construction, 1994-95
5 Annual conferences
Box Folder
2 1 Invitations / events
2 "Baker Institute Study" - see also cataloged copies
3 "Baker Institute Report" - see also cataloged copies
4 Press / news releases
5 10th anniversary celebration, Oct. 17, 2003
6 James A. Baker III 75th birthday celebration, April 28, 2005
7 Greeting cards

Series II: Videotapes (VHS) of Baker Institute events, 1994-2003

Box Folder
3 - “A Forum on the Role of the Secretary of the Treasury;” Sam Donaldson, Paul Gigot, et.al. Oct. 5, 2001 [2 tapes, 2 copies]
- Energy forum: “Running on Empty? Prospects for Future World Oil Supplies;” May 19, 2000 [3 tapes]
- Conference on Global Warming keynote address, “Science and Policy;” Robert F. Curl, Sept. 8, 2000
- “Turkey: U.S. & Eurasia-Economic, Security and Energy Issues;” Baki Illkin, Dec. 14, 1998
- Defense Policy debate, Nov. 18, 1998
- Dept. of Electrical Engineering presentation by John Doerr, March 31, 2000
- “Greece: Greece’s Foreign Policy;” Ambassador Philon, Jan. 11, 1999
- “The Middle East Peace Process;” Amre Moussa, March 22, 2000
- Prince El Hassan bin Talal, n.d.
- “Energy and the Russian Economy: A Look Ahead;” Mikhail Fridman, Peter Aven, March 20, 2003
- “The Relationship Between Literature and Public Policy in Latin America,” n.d.
Box Folder
4 - “Eduard Shevardnadze;” n.d.
- Leadership Houston Seminar, Jan. 13, 1999 [2 tapes]
- “Religion and Public Policy-With God on Their Side;” Bill Martin & others, Oct. 30, 2001 [2 tapes]
- “His Excellency the President of the Republic of Rwanda Paul Kagame,” March 6, 2003
- “The President’s Lawyer, Alberto R. Gonzales,” Sept. 7, 2001
- “Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy,” Robert McNamara, J. Blight, R. Bigham, Feb. 28, 2000
- U.S.-Syrian press conference-Edward P. Djerjian, May 23, 2002
- “The Future of the Space Program and Space Policy;” Ralph M. Hall, Aug. 26, 2002
- “Ten Years After Oslo: The Rabin Legacy in Today’s Middle East;” Clifton Morgan, Dali Rabin-Pelossof, March 25, 2003
- “Strategic Energy Policy Challenges for the 21st Century;” Edward Morse, Amy Jaffe & others, April 26, 2001
- “North Korea: Economic Status and Future Plans;” Young Gun Jon, Hgong Chu Li, Suchan Chac, Feb. 19, 2001
- “Colombia-Challenges and Prospects for the Future;” n.d.
- “With God on Their Side: Religion and American Foreign Policy;” n.d.
- “Mexican Energy in the 21st Century;” R. Mosbacher, R. Leos, T. McLarty, June 22, 2001
Box Folder
5 - “Moving Beyond the War on Drugs;” Martin, Trace, Wodak, Oscapella, Cohen, April 11, 2002 [4 tapes]
- Vladimir V. Putin, President of the Russian Federation and George H.W. Bush, Nov. 14, 2001
- “Enron: What Happens Next;” April 4, 2002
- “America After 9/11;” Thomas L. Friedman, Sept. 27, 2002
- “Mexico: The Policy and Politics of Modernization;” HE Carlos Salinas de Gortari, May 15, 2002
- “America and the World Today;” Richard C. Holbrooke, Oct. 29, 2002
- “Beyond Sept. 11 and Al Qaeda: The Kashmir Conflict;” Feb. 28, 2002
- “The Legacy of the Nuremburg Trials;” Stein, Ferencz, Bass, Fowler, Morrow, Feb. 12, 2003
- The Americas Project panel discussion-Barnes, Shifter, Weyland, Zarazoga, Oct. 27, 2002
- White House Fellowship recruiting event, Dec. 18, 2002
- “France: European Unity and the Threat on U.S. Interests;” Francois de l’Estang, Dec. 7, 1999
- “The Ideas that Conquered the World: Peace, Democracy and Free Markets;” Michael Mandelbaum, Jan. 24, 2003
- “Crisis in America;” press conference with Edward P. Djerjian, Sept. 11, 2001
Box Folder
6 - “Train Up a Child-Religious Conservatives and the Struggle Over Schooling;” Wm. Martin & others, Feb. 5, 2002
- “The Americas Project 2002;” Keynote speaker Roger Noriega, Oct. 27, 2002
- “Live in America Town Hall Meeting;” Sam Donaldson, April 26, 2002
- “Mongolia’s Neighbors: Russia, China & others;” Nambar Enkhbayar, Nov. 19, 2001
- “Georgia: Evolution of a Strategic Partner;” Zurab Zhavania, Jan. 14, 1999
- “Literature, Poetry, and Public Policy: Interaction and Synthesis;” Dominique de Vellepin & Shashi Tharoor, Feb. 10, 1999
- “Is America Still Unprepared and In Danger?” Stephen E. Flynn, Nov. 6, 2002
- “The Americas Project 2000;” keynote speaker Orlando Sanchez, Oct. 2, 2000
- “The Americas Project 2000;” keynote speaker Domingo Cavallo, Nov. 3, 2000
- “The Americas Project 2000” panel discussion, Oct. 2, 2000
- U.S.-Syrian press conference with Edward P. Djerjian, May 23, 2002
- “The Czech Republic and Europe: The Czech Republic’s View of Future Transatlantic Relations;” Vladimir Spidla, July 17, 2003
- “Societal Responses to Climate Change;” Neal Lane, April 25, 2002
- International Symposium on Afghanistan keynote-Djerjian, Pietton, Shahryan, Roy, Nov. 18, 2002 [1/2]
- “The Asia Presentation;” n.d.

Series III: Reports and conferences

Box Folder
7 - Final Report on Media for Inuagural Conference, 1995
- Annual Conference Media Plan, 1997
Box Folder
8 - Studies for annual conferences, 1997-1999

Series IV: Newsclippings, 1993-2012

Box Folder
9 1 Newsclips, 1993-1998
2 Newsclips, 1999-2000
3 Newsclips, 2001-2002
4 Newsclips, 2003-2007
5 Newsclips, 2008-