Between 1972 and 1976, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein emerged as two of the most famous journalists in America and became forever identified as the reporters who broke the biggest story in American politics. Beginning with the investigation of a "third-rate burglary" of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex, Woodward and Bernstein uncovered a system of political "dirty tricks" and crimes that eventually led to indictments of forty White House and administration officials, and ultimately to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
Now available to the public for the first time are Woodward and Bernstein's notes from source interviews, drafts of newspaper stories and books, memos, letters, tape recordings, research materials, and other Watergate papers. These materials document Woodward and Bernstein's four-year partnership telling the story of Watergate in Pulitzer Prize winning articles for The Washington Post, in two best-selling books, All The President's Men and The Final Days, and in the multiple academy award-winning movie of All the President's Men. Purchased by The University of Texas at Austin in 2003, the Woodward and Bernstein Watergate Papers provide students, scholars, and other researchers a unique resource for behind the scenes insight into the journalism, politics, and humanity of Watergate.
The Harry Ransom Center's online exhibit of the Woodward and Bernstein Watergate Papers provides a small sample of the materials found in the collection. A full description of all the Woodward and Bernstein papers available at the Center is provided in the online finding aid.Washington Post front page © 1974, The Washington Post.