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Finding Aid

Drew University Archives

36 Madison Avenue

Madison,NJ 07940

Phone: 973-408-3532

Fax: 973-408-3770

*http://www.drew.edu/library/special-collections/university-archives*

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Other digital resources:

Speech given by Governor Thomas Kean at the 1988 Republican National Convention

Transcript of speech given by Governor Thomas Kean at the 1988 Republican National Convention

Pamphlet: 1988 Republican National Convention Keynote Address: Governor Thomas H. Kean, with photographs.

More valuable Kean resources at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers Center on the American Governor.

Summary Information

Creator(s)

Kean, Thomas H.

Title and dates

Governor Thomas H. Kean Collection, 1894-1994 (Bulk: 1982-1989)

Abstract

The Governor Thomas H. Kean collection broadly consists of the records created during the governor's two terms of office in New Jersey, from 1982-1990. Included are the full run of his legislative briefing binders, records from trips and conferences, typescript copies of speeches, photographs, correspondence, office files, material on the issue of education, press releases and news clippings, and related records. A small percentage of the records were created in the 1990s during Kean's presidency of Drew University.

Size

156 linear feet ( 125 boxes )

Location

Drew University Archives
United Methodist Archives and Research Center
Madison, NJ

Language of materials

English.

Biography of Governor Thomas H. Kean

Thomas H. Kean was born on April 21, 1935. Kean received his B.A. degree from Princeton University and his M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College. He taught private school in Massachusetts before entering politics.

Kean was a member of the New Jersey Assembly from1968-1977. He was elected governor of New Jersey in 1982. As Governor, Kean was rated among America 's five most effective state leaders by Newsweek magazine; noted for tax cuts that spurred 750,000 new jobs; a federally replicated welfare reform program; landmark environmental policies, and over 30 education reforms. He delivered the keynote address at the 1988 Republican National Convention. He was re-elected for a second term by the largest margin in state history. Kean served on the President's Education Policy Advisory Committee and as chair of the Education Commission of the States and the National Governor's Association Task Force on Teaching. He holds more than 25 honorary degrees and numerous awards from environmental and educational organizations.

In 1990, after completing two terms in office, Kean became president of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. While President of Drew, Kean has served on several national committees and commissions. He headed the American delegation to the UN Conference on Youth in Thailand, served as Vice Chairman of the American delegation to the World Conference on Women in Beijing; and served as a member of the President's Initiative on Race. He also served on the National Endowment for Democracy. He is chair of the Newark Alliance and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and former chair of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Educate America, and the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation.

On December 16, 2002, Kean was named by President George W. Bush to head the national commission to investigate the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Kean is on the board of a number of organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund. He is also the author of The Politics of Inclusion, published by the Free Press. He writes a regular column for The Star Ledger with former Governor Brendan Byrne and appears as a regular commentator on New Jersey Network News. His wife is the former Deborah Bye of Wilmington, Delaware. They have twin sons, Tom and Reed, and a daughter, Alexandra. The Keans live in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Scope and Content Note

The Governor Thomas H. Kean Collection broadly consists of the records created during the governor's two terms of office in New Jersey, from 1982-1990. Included are the full run of his legislative briefing binders, records from trips and conferences, typescript copies of speeches, photographs, correspondence, office files, material on the issue of education, press releases and news clips, and related records. A small percentage of the records were created in the 1990s during Kean's presidency of Drew University.

Arrangement

The Governor Thomas H. Kean Collection is arranged into nine series:

Access and Use

Access

The Governor Thomas H. Kean Collection is available for research.

Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information

One photocopy may be made of each document for the purpose of research. Permission to publish must be obtained from the Drew University Archivist. Researcher responsible for further copyright restrictions.

Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

The Drew University Archives holds Thomas H. Kean's presidential records.

Processing and Other Information

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Meghan Scrimgeour and Christina McKitish, under the supervision of Rebecca Rego Barry, August 2004. The finding aid was written by [Meghan Scrimgeour and Christina McKitish, under the supervision of Rebecca Rego Barry, August 2004. Finding aid updated by Cheryl Oestreicher in 2006 and Matthew Beland in 2012.

Descriptive Rules Used

Finding aid content follows the guidelines suggested by Describing Archives: A Content Standard. 

Preferred Citation

Identification of item; Date (if noted); Governor Thomas H. Kean Collection, Box and Folder Number; University Archives, Drew University Library, Madison, New Jersey

Subject Headings

Kean, Thomas H. Archives.
Kean, Thomas H. Political and social views Sources.

New Jersey Politics and government 1951- Sources.

Correspondence.
Speeches, addresses, etc.

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