Farewell Address

President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Farewell Address, famed for its reference to the "military-industrial complex," is one of the most famous speeches in American history. Its meaning has been analyzed and debated by historians ever since. President Eisenhower delivered the speech on January 17, 1961.
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Reading Copy of the Speech (PDF) [DDE's Papers as President, Speech Series, Box 38, Final TV 1; NAID Number 594599]

Memo for the Record Regarding Last Speech, May 20, 1959 (PDF) [Arthur Larson and Malcolm Moos Records, Box 16, Farewell 1; NAID Number 12004765]

Outline of Subjects for Presidential Talks, May 22, 1959 (PDF) [Arthur Larson and Malcolm Moos Records, Box 17, Presidential Speech Planning; NAID Number 12611960]

Memo for the President and Dr. Milton Eisenhower From Malcolm Moos Regarding Presidential Speeches, May 24, 1959 (PDF) [Arthur Larson and Malcolm Moos Records, Box 17, Presidential Speech Planning; NAID Number 12612140]

Letter From the President to Dr. Milton Eisenhower Regarding Farewell Address, May 25, 1959 (PDF) [Arthur Larson and Malcolm Moos Records, Box 17, Presidential Speech Planning; NAID Number 12614784]

Memo Regarding George Washington's Farewell Address, April 5, 1960 (PDF) [Arthur Larson and Malcolm Moos Records, Box 16, Farewell 1; NAID Number 12615069]

October 31, 1960 Memorandum for the File Regarding the State of the Union 1961 (PDF) [Ralph E Williams Papers, Box 1, 1; NAID Number 16972132]

Memo to Malcolm Moos Regarding Address Topics, No Date (PDF) [Arthur Larson and Malcolm Moos Records, Box 16, Farewell 2; NAID Number 12611750]

Typescript Speech Draft Labeled "Commencement," No Date (PDF) [Arthur Larson and Malcolm Moos Records, Box 16, Farewell 2; NAID Number 12615023]

Speech Draft, December 21, 1960 (PDF) [Arthur Larson and Malcolm Moos Records, Box 16, Farewell 4; NAID Number 16972110]

January 7, 1961 Draft of the Speech With Handwritten Editing by Milton Eisenhower (PDF) [DDE's Papers as President, Speech Series, Box 38, Final TV 3; NAID Number 16972223]

January 17, 1961 Press Release Containing the Text of the Address (PDF) [DDE's Papers as President, Speech Series, Box 38, Final TV 1; NAID Number 16972219]

March 17, 1961 Memo From Bryce Harlow for Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon Regarding Congressional Reaction to the Address (PDF) [DDE's Post-Presidential Papers, Special Names Series, Box 6, Harlow Bryce 1961 (3); NAID Number 16972232]

January 17, 1966 Letter From Stanley Karson (Chairman, Special Committee on Military-Industrial Complex, American Veterans Committee) to Dwight D. Eisenhower (PDF) [DDE's Post-Presidential Papers, 1966 Principal File, Box 36, 3; NAID Number 16972242]

January 19, 1966 Congressional Record - Senate, Significance of President Eisenhower's Speech on the Military-Industrial Complex (PDF) [DDE's Post-Presidential Papers, 1966 Principal File, Box 36, 3; NAID Number 16972243]

February 7, 1966 Reply From Dwight D. Eisenhower to Stanley Karson (Chairman, Special Committee on Military-Industrial Complex, American Veterans Committee) (PDF) [DDE's Post-Presidential Papers, Special Names Series, Box 7, Harlow Bryce 1966; NAID Number 16972236]

June 13, 1967 Letter From Professor Theodore R. Kennedy to Dwight D. Eisenhower (PDF) [DDE's Post-Presidential Papers, 1967 Principal File, Box 5, Be (Business Economics) (6); NAID Number 16972245]

June 21, 1967 Reply From Dwight D. Eisenhower to Professor Theodore R. Kennedy (PDF) [DDE's Post-Presidential Papers, 1967 Principal File, Box 5, Be (Business Economics) (6); NAID Number 16972246]

December 28, 1985 Letter From Ralph Williams to Martin Teasley Regarding Origin of Term "Military-Industrial Complex" (PDF) [Ralph E Williams Papers, Box 1, Letters 1985-1988; NAID Number 16972138]