The Giuliani Papers

In 2002, former Mayor Giuliani, in an unprecedented move, took personal custody of his official city papers. Historians, archivists, and a wide range of citizens responded by signing our petition, urging Mayor Bloomberg to cancel the arrangement. In 2003, the City Council passed a law, which Bloomberg signed, in effect outlawing any future Giuliani-style privatization of the Archiving of Mayoral papers. Browse the links below for a history.


Petition
Former Mayor Giuliani, in an unprecedented and ill-advised action, has taken personal control of his official city papers. Under a contract worked out in the last days of his administration, Giuliani will have the right to block public access to any papers in which he deems he has a "private interest," unless Mayor Bloomberg renegotiates the agreement. We delivered the petition to City Hall at noon on February 6, 2002.

View the List of Signatures Ordered by Name

View the List of Signatures Ordered by Affiliation


Press Conference
On February 6, 2002, The Gotham Center held a press conference on the steps of City Hall to protest the removal of former Mayor Giuliani's records from the Municipal Archives. At that point, the Center also submitted a petition to Mayor Bloomberg, signed by over 800 concerned persons, demanding that the records be returned to the city.

Mike Wallace conference remarks

Society of American Archivists conference remarks

Text of contract transferring public papers to Rudolph W. Giuliani Center for Urban Affairs

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News Articles on Giuliani's Papers

NEW YORK TIMES - NOVEMBER 18, 2007
What ‘That Regan Woman’ Knows
By FRANK RICH

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - OCTOBER 28, 2007
How Giuliani Tried to Control His NYC Legacy
By ANDREW ZAJAC

NEW YORK TIMES - MARCH 15, 2003
Despite Cuts, City Recordkeeper Can Do Job, Audit Finds
By JONATHAN P. HICKS

NEW YORK SUN - JANUARY 22, 2003
Giuliani, Columbia Are in Talks On Urban Leadership Program Ex-Mayor's Hotly Contested Files Could End Up at Ivy League School
By JULIA LEVY

DAILY NEWS - JANUARY 3, 2003
Rudy Chronicles, Bit by Bit
By JOANNE WASSERMAN

NEW YORK POST - JANUARY 3, 2003
Rudy's Records Returned to City
By FRANKIE EDOZIEN

NEWSDAY - JANUARY 3, 2003
Rudy Releases Some Records
By DAN JANISON

NEWSDAY - JANUARY 2, 2003
City Releases First Round of Records from Giuliani Administration
AP REPORT

NEWSDAY - OCTOBER 4, 2002
Giuliani Papers Under Wraps

NEW YORK TIMES - JUNE 26, 2002
Council to Consider New Archives Plan
By SUSAN SAULNY

NEW YORK TIMES - JUNE 25, 2002
Chasing the Giuliani Papers
EDITORIAL

VILLAGE VOICE - May 7, 2002
Double-Standard Deity
By WAYNE BARRETT

WNYC - MARCH 1, 2002
Presidential Privacy
By BROOKE GLADSTONE

NEW YORK TIMES - February 24, 2002
Whose History Is It, Anyway? The Public's or the Officials'?
By CELESTINE BOHLEN

ASSOCIATED PRESS - February 15, 2002
New plan for Giuliani records still conflicts with law, official says
By DIEGO IBARGUEN

NEWSDAY - February 15, 2002
Counsel: City Retains Rights to Rudy's Papers
By CURTIS L. TAYLOR

NEW YORK TIMES - February 15, 2002
City Agrees to Private Control of Giuliani's Mayoral Papers
By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN

ASSOCIATED PRESS -February 14, 2002
State official says contract over Giuliani records is inconsistent with the law
By DIEGO IBARGUEN

NEW YORK TIMES - February 11, 2002
Battling Over Records of Bush's Governorship
By ALISON LEIGH COWAN

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR - February 8, 2002
Scholarly dust-up over Giuliani's archives
By ALEXANDRA MARKS

NEWSDAY - February 8, 2002
Rudy Just Won't Let Go
By ELLIS HENICAN

NEW YORK TIMES - February 7, 2002
Archivists Demand That City Take Back Giuliani's Papers
By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN

NEW YORK TIMES - February 7, 2002
So Long, And See You In the Papers
By JOYCE PURNICK

NEWSDAY - February 7, 2002
Historians Protest Transfer Of Records
By ROBERT POLNER

ASSOCIATED PRESS - February 6, 2002
Historians Want Giuliani Records

NEW YORK TIMES - February 6, 2002
Giuliani Defends Removing Papers From City Control
By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN

DAILY NEWS - February 6, 2002
Won't Keep My Papers Private: Rudy
By JOANNE WASSERMAN

NEWSDAY - February 6, 2002
The Paper Chase Is On: Protests over Rudy documents in private hands
By CURTIS L. TAYLOR

DAILY NEWS - February 05, 2002
Giuliani's Paper Play Irks Some Historians: Rudy documents out of city hands
By JOANNE WASSERMAN

NEWSDAY - January 28, 2002
Open Access: City shouldn't leave it to Giuliani to control who gets to see his mayoral documents
EDITORIAL

NEW YORK TIMES - January 25, 2002
Giuliani's Papers Go to Private Group, Not City
By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN

NY DAILY NEWS - January 25, 2002
Mike Troubled by Rudy Locking Up His Papers
By JOANNE WASSERMAN

VILLAGE VOICE - January 22, 2002
Rudy Heists City Archives to Shape His Own Legend: Hijacking History
By WAYNE BARRETT


City Council Hearings Regarding The Giuliani Papers
On both February 20 and April 5, the City Council heard testimony from archivists, historians, legal experts and others who protested the control of former mayor Giuliani's offcial papers by a private archiving facility. Thus far, the Council has responded favorably to the testimony, and the coalition fighting to keep Giuliani's papers accessible to the public is hopeful that it might take action to resolve this crisis. Click on the links below to read a transcript of selected testimony.

February 27, 2003
Janet Linde, Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York

Gene Russianoff, New York Public Interest Research Group

June 25, 2002
Testimony of the New York Civil Liberties Union

April 5, 2002
Thomas Connors on behalf of the Society of American Archivists

Testimony of Jeffery M. Flannery, The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference

Testimony of Janet Linde, Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York

Testimony of the New York Civil Liberties Union

February 20, 2002
Mike Wallace, Director, Gotham Center; John Jay College

Robert C. Morris, Director, National Archives & Records Administration - Northeast Region

Donna Lieberman, Executive Director, New York Civil Liberties Union

Gene Russianoff, Senior Attorney, New York Public Interest Reasearch Group, Inc.

Geof Huth, New York State Caucus Chair, Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference

Thomas Connors, Society of American Archivists

Janet Linde, Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York

Thomas Kessner, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Idilio Gracia-Peña, Former Commissioner, NYC Department of Records and Information Resources

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