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The Washington Version

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0097 WASHINGTON
Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science
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Full title: The Washington Version
Date(s): 1990-1992
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Brian Lapping Associates
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Washington Version, was a three part television documentary on the Gulf War produced for BBC Television and Discovery Channel by Brian Lapping Associates. The documentary was conceived and arranged for The American Enterprise Institute by Richard Perle. The producers were Mark Anderson, Norma Percy and Grace Kitto. The UK version of the documentary was transmitted by BBC2 on 16, 17 and 18 Jan 1992, the US version was transmitted on 17, 24 and 31 January 1992. The US version of the documentary was titled The Gulf Crisis: Road to War, and Program 2 was titled 'New World Order'.


Scope and content/abstract:

Betacam taped interviews, transcripts of interviews with leading American political and military figures and conference papers, assembled by Brian Lapping Associates Ltd in research for the making of the BBC programme The Washington Version concerning the Gulf Conflict, 1990-1991.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The collection is divided into three main sections.
1. Final Production Scripts, Reports from Gulf War Conferences held by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Interview Transcripts and Original Research Interviews;
2. Various chronologies of the Gulf Conflict and press and promotional material for the series, The Washington Version;
3.VHS videocassettes of the three finished programmes in the series.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Most items can be photocopied, subject to handling and copyright restrictions. No material may be published without the prior permission of both the copyright holder and the Library. All applications for publication must be made to the Archivist in the first instance, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user.

Finding aids:

Online catalogue available.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by Brian Lapping Associates

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Copied from LSE Archives CALM database by Anna Towlson.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 2008

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