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Governor Thomas H. Kean Resources

Additional resources for Governor Kean can be found at:

 

The New Jersey State Archives
The New Jersey State Archives is the repository of governor’s official papers, though each governor may select which papers they wish to donate.  Governor Kean’s collection contains several hundred cubic feet of information, catalogued and accessible by visiting the archives in Trenton. A finding aid is available through the website.

Drew University Archives
The Drew University Archives, located in the United Methodist Archives and Research Center at Drew University, house the Governor Thomas H. Kean collection. This collection consists of the private papers of Governor Kean and 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 was created in the 1990s during Kean’s presidency of Drew University.

The New Jersey Digital Legal Library
The New Jersey Digital Legal Library contains a growing collection of executive orders cast prior to 1990, including the complete collection of 226 orders issued by Governor Kean. This collection consists of a chronological list of each executive order, with a summary of the order, references to any previous orders it affected or subsequent orders that affected it, and the date that the order was issued. Each order is viewable by clicking on the number associated with it.

The New Jersey State Website – Executive Orders of the Governor
The state of New Jersey maintains a collection of every executive order signed by each governor since 1990, but also contains seven of the 226 orders issued by Governor Kean. This collection consists of a chronological list of each executive order, with a summary of the order, references to any previous orders it affected or subsequent orders that affected it, and the date that the order was issued. Each order is viewable by clicking on the number associated with it.

 

Books
The Politics of Inclusion
In his own words, Governor Kean relates stories from his childhood through his governorship. With sharp intelligence and sensitivity, he shares his memories of growing up amidst privilege and power–and his life-long commitment to the ethics of the school teacher he once was.

Governor Tom Kean: From the New Jersey Statehouse to the 9-11 Commission
Author Alvin S. Felzenberg tells the story of the remarkable career of Governor Kean that culminated in an unexpected and crucial contribution to the country-chairmanship of the 9/11 Commission. Felzenberg describes how, early in his political career, Kean worked to transform New Jersey’s legislature in the aftermath of court rulings that mandated redistricting in accordance with the “one man, one vote” principle. He discusses Kean’s efforts to relieve the urban crisis that followed in the wake of the 1967 Newark riots. He relates how Kean was able to use the New Jersey governorship-purportedly the strongest in the country-to transform a so-called “rust belt” state into a leader in education, environmental responsibility, and economic growth.

The 9/11 Commission Report
Following that attacks on September 11, 2001, Governor Kean and Congressman Lee Hamilton headed a commission that investigated the attacks and sought ways to prevent future acts of terrorism. The 9/11 Commission Report, formally named the Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, is the official report of the events leading up to the September 11, 2001 attacks. It was prepared by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (informally sometimes known as the “9/11 Commission”) at the request of the President and Congress, and is available to the public for sale or free download.