Collection Number: 70138

Collection Title: Ann Blackman Papers, 1800s-2000s

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Size 31 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 16,000 items)
Abstract Contains research files, interviews, correspondence, photographs, and publicity materials documenting the career of Ann Blackman, a white journalist and author. This collection primarily pertains to Blackman's years as correspondent in Time's Moscow bureau (1987-1990), and her work on the books Seasons of Her Life: A Biography of Madeleine Korbel Albright (Scribner/Simon & Schuster, 1998), The Spy Next Door: The Extraordinary Secret Life of Robert Philip Hanssen, the Most Damaging FBI Agent in U.S. History (Little Brown, 2002), and Wild Rose: Rose O'Neale Greenhow, Civil War Spy (Random House, 2005).
Creator Blackman, Ann
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Language English
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Ann Blackman Papers #70138, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Ann Blackman (Acc. 20220929.3).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Ann Blackman (b. 1956) is a white author and journalist. Blackman was a news correspondent for more than 30 years, including serving as foreign correspondent in Time's Moscow bureau from 1987 to 1990. Blackman has authored and co-authored several books, including Seasons of Her Life: A Biography of Madeleine Korbel Albright (Scribner/Simon & Schuster, 1998), The Spy Next Door: The Extraordinary Secret Life of Robert Philip Hanssen, the Most Damaging FBI Agent in U.S. History (Little Brown, 2002), and Wild Rose: Rose O'Neale Greenhow, Civil War Spy (Random House, 2005).

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Contains research files, interviews, correspondence, photographs, and publicity materials documenting Ann Blackman's career as a journalist and author. This collection primarily pertains to Blackman's years as correspondent in Time's Moscow bureau (1987-1990), and her work on the books Seasons of Her Life: A Biography of Madeleine Korbel Albright (Scribner/Simon & Schuster, 1998), The Spy Next Door: The Extraordinary Secret Life of Robert Philip Hanssen, the Most Damaging FBI Agent in U.S. History (Little Brown, 2002), and Wild Rose: Rose O'Neale Greenhow, Civil War Spy (Random House, 2005).

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Moscow Correspondent Files, 1986-1990.

Contains correspondence, research, and other files documenting Blackman's assignment as a correspondent in Time's Moscow bureau, 1987-1990.

Box 1

Moscow correspondent files: Abortion-Corporations

Box 2

Moscow correspondent files: Economy-Gorbachev

Box 3

Moscow correspondent files: Gorbachev, Raisa-Siberia

Box 4

Moscow correspondent files: Ski-Yeltsin

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Includes research files, interviews, photographs, and publicity materials pertaining to the book Seasons of Her Life: A Biography of Madeleine Korbel Albright (Scribner/Simon & Schuster, 1998). Albright was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997 and the United States Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001.

Box 5

Research files: Abortion-Human rights

Box 6

Research files: India/Pakistan-Patterson, Alicia

Research files: Permissions-Winton, Nicky

Box 7

Research files: Albright (Early 1980s)-Carter years

Research files: Albright (Early 1980s)-Carter years

Box 8

Research files: Celebrity-Winfrey, Oprah

Box 8-9

Box 8

Box 9

Publication information

Box 9-10

Box 9

Box 10

Notebooks

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PF-70138/1

PF-70138/2

PF-70138/3

PF-70138/4

Photographs

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-70138/1

Publicity: poster of book cover

Audiovisual Box 1

Interviews, 1997

Contains audiocasettes and microcassettes.

Videotape VT-70138/1

Life as a Work in Progress: Wellesley Class of '59 35th Reunion, 1994

Videotape VT-70138/2-3

VT-70138/2

VT-70138/3

Albright package, 18 February 1997 [IVU Hansu Snabel] at BBC World Service

Videotape VT-70138/4-5

VT-70138/4

VT-70138/5

Madame Secretary, 60 Minutes, 9 February 1997

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Includes research files, interviews, and photographs pertaining to the book The Spy Next Door: The Extraordinary Secret Life of Robert Philip Hanssen, the Most Damaging FBI Agent in U.S. History (Little Brown, 2002), co-authored with investigative journalist Elaine Shannon. Blackman did the research on Hanssen's personal background, family, religion, and the psychology of spying. Shannon concentrated on the spy craft. Shannon, who covered the FBI for Time for many years, received the original proposal to write the book and offered to split it 50-50 with Blackman. Hanssen was an Federal Bureau of Investigation double agent who spied for Soviet and Russian intelligence services against the United States from 1979 to 2001.

Box 11-13

Box 11

Box 12

Box 13

Research files, 1990s-2002

Image Folder PF-70138/5

Photographs

Audiocassette C-70138/1-6

C-70138/1

C-70138/2

C-70138/3

C-70138/4

C-70138/5

C-70138/6

Interviews, May-June 2001

Music Compact Disc CD-70138/1

Hanssen Family 1

Music Compact Disc CD-70138/2

Hanssen Family 2

Videotape VT-70138/6

Robert Hanssen: The X-Rated Spy (TLC)

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Includes research files, drafts and proofs, photographs, publicity materials, and presentations pertaining to the book Wild Rose: Rose O'Neale Greenhow, Civil War Spy (Random House, 2005). Materials include a transcription of Greenhow’s diary which, according to Blackman, "proves that Greenhow was, as far as we know today, the first American woman to represent her country (in this case, the Confederacy) overseas." There are also pieces of letters and codes used by Greenhow for her espionage activities. Box 18 contains a letter from The New York Times reporter Judith Miller, dated 20 August 2005, written during her imprisonment at the Alexandria Detention Center. Miller was held in contempt of court for refusing to name sources during the Plame affair investigation.

19th century materials are reproductions.

Box 13

Research files: A-C

Box 14

Research files: C-G

Box 15

Research files: H-R

Box 16

Research files: S-R

Research files: London and Paris research

Includes notes explaining Greenhow's long-lost diary.

Box 16-17

Box 16

Box 17

Research files: Notebooks

Box 17

Research files: Additional research files

Music Compact Disc CD-70138/3

Richmond newspapers, 1862-1863

Music Compact Disc CD-70138/4

Files from the Rose O'Neal Greenhow Papers, North Carolina State Archives, 1863-1864

Box 17-18

Box 17

Box 18

Drafts and proofs

Box 18

Promotional materials

Publicity/talks

Includes a letter from The New York Times reporter Judith Miller, dated 20 August 2005, written during her imprisonment at the Alexandria Detention Center. Miller was held in contempt of court for refusing to name sources during the Plame affair investigation.

Music Compact Disc CD-70138/5

Rose cover, etc. (travel)

Music Compact Disc CD-70138/6

WAMC Northeast Public Radio: The Roundtable,, 1 August 2005

Music Compact Disc CD-70138/7

Presentation: International Spy Conference, Raleigh, N.C., 31 August 2005-2 September 2005

Music Compact Disc CD-70138/8

Presentation: National Archives

Music Compact Disc CD-70138/9

Presentation: Order of Confederate Rose

Music Compact Disc CD-70138/10

Presentation: Virginia Historical Society

Image Folder PF-70138/6-8

PF-70138/6

PF-70138/7

PF-70138/8

Photographs

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-70138/2

A Confederate Spy in Prison - Mrs. Greenhow and Her Little Daughter,

From The Photographic History of the Civil War, published by the Review of Reviews Co.

Advertisement for John Greenhow's general store, Williamsburg, Va.

Audiocassette C-70138/7

Excerpts from Rose Greenhow's "My Imprisonment," 2000

Read by Sara Bartlett. Copyright 2000, Eileen Conklin & Thomas Publications

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Includes materials pertaining to Blackman's other projects.

Box 19

Rolodex cards and Time D.C. Bureau correspondents phone list

Time issues, 1988-2000

Sentencing project/crime bill research files, 1994

Image Folder PF-70138/9

Photographs of Ann Blackman taken by Time photographer Diana Walker, 1990

Image Folder PF-70138/10

Other photographs

Includes a photograph of Ann Blackman and Alexandra Avakian in Moscow, January 1989.

Videotape VT-70138/7

NewsStand: CNN & Time, Show #14, 14-15 September 1998

Contains news coverage pertaining to the "Starr Report" (officially the Referral from Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr in Conformity with the Requirement of Title 28, United States Code, Section 595(c)), released on 11 September 1998.

Audiocassette C-70138/8

Interview with Hadassah Lieberman

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-70138/3

Poster: We Love Liddy

Inscription: To Ann - Keep coming back to Salisbury! With all best wishes, "Liddy" Dole. Also signed by Dole's mother, Mary Hanford.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Dawne Howard Lucas, December 2022

Encoded by: Dawne Howard Lucas, December 2022

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

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