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Upon leaving office in 1976, Henry Kissinger donated the records of his telephone diplomacy with foreign leaders to the Library of Congress as his private property under restrictive terms that sealed them until after his death. Against claims that the materials were public documents or Nixon historical materials, Kissinger fought a legal battle to monopolize the history of his deeds. After almost thirty years, Kissinger unexpectedly agreed to release the documents to the National Archives, leading to their public availability for the first time.