Albright, Madeleine Korbel, 1937-2022

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Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright (born Marie Jana Korbelová, May 15, 1937, Prague, Czechoslovakia-died March 23, 2022) is an Czech-born American politician and diplomat who served as the first female United States Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton.

Albright immigrated with her family to the United States in 1948 from Czechoslovakia. Her father, diplomat Josef Korbel, settled the family in Denver, Colorado, and she became a U.S. citizen in 1957. Albright graduated from Wellesley College in 1959 and earned a PhD from Columbia University in 1975, writing her thesis on the Prague Spring. She worked as an aide to Senator Edmund Muskie before taking a position under Zbigniew Brzezinski on the National Security Council. She served in that position until 1981, when President Jimmy Carter left office.

After leaving the National Security Council, Albright joined the academic faculty of Georgetown University and advised Democratic candidates regarding foreign policy. After Clinton's victory in the 1992 presidential election, Albright helped assemble his National Security Council. In 1993, Clinton appointed her to the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She held that position until 1997, when she succeeded Warren Christopher as Secretary of State. Albright served in that capacity until Clinton left office in 2001.

Albright has served as chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group since 2009. She is the Michael and Virginia Mortara Endowed Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. In May 2012, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Barack Obama. Secretary Albright serves on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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referencedIn Stuart Eizenstat Papers, 1929-2003, (bulk 1976-2001) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Albright, Madeleine Korbel. Commencement address / Madeleine K. Albright. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Oversized Prints of Clinton Inauguration and Madeleine Albright Throwing the Fist Pitch at an Orioles Game National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Secretary of State Madeline Albright Visits Moscow, Russia May 1-2, 1997 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Madeleine Albright visiting the United States Air Force Transportable Hospital National Archives at College Park
referencedIn June 2000 - Quarterly (#6006) Gerald R. Ford Library
referencedIn Secretary of State Madeline Albright Visits Europe and Asia February 15-25, 1997 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Records of the Office of the National Security Advisor (Carter Administration). 1977 - 1981. Press and Congressional Relations Files Jimmy Carter Library
referencedIn Stuart Eizenstat Papers, 1929-2003, (bulk 1976-2001) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Secretary of State Madeline Albright Visits Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 17, 1998 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Secretary of State Madeline Albright Visits Interview with CBS, Sunday Morning Rita Brown February 22, 1999 National Archives at College Park
creatorOf Albright, Madeleine Korbel. The Soviet diplomatic service: profile of an elite. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn University of Connecticut, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center Records, undated, 1965- Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center.
referencedIn Harvard University. General information about Harvard Commencement and Class day in 1997. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Subject File (Oksenberg): Albright (Madeleine) Ad Hoc China Group: 10/79 Jimmy Carter Library
referencedIn United Nations portrait of Madeleine Albright, as included in a packet from a trip to Bern, Switzerland National Archives at College Park
creatorOf Minnesota. Governor (1999-2003 : Ventura). Correspondence files, 1998-2002. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Secretary of State Madeline Albright Visits San Francisco and Asia May 13, 1998 National Archives at College Park
creatorOf Albright, Madeleine Korbel. Commencement address, Mt. Holyoke College : typescript / Madeleine K. Albright. Mount Holyoke College, Williston & Miles-Smith Library
referencedIn United States. Department of State. Central Photographic Assignment Files Relating to U.S. and Foreign Diplomatic Officials, Events, and Facilities, 1803-2006 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Secretary of State Madeline Albright Visits Denver, Colorado May 13, 1997 National Archives at College Park
creatorOf [Remarks to the Fourth World Conference on Women by Madeleine Albright] [loose]
referencedIn Secretary of State Madeline Albright Visits U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis April 15, 1997 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Secretary of State Madeline Albright Visits Belgium and France December 15, 1998 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Madeleine Albright in Ethiopia National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Photographs of the White House Photograph Office (Clinton Administration). 1/20/1993 - 1/20/2001. Photographs Relating to the Clinton Administration. 1/20/1993 - 1/20/2001. Photograph of President William J. Clinton Posing for an Official Portrait with Cabinet and Senior Advisers William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum
referencedIn Photographs Relating to Secretary Madeleine K. Albright, 1997 - 2001 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Presidential Papers Request – Albright, Madeleine K. Jimmy Carter Library
referencedIn Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright to meet with East Timorese Independence Leader Xanana Gusmao National Archives at College Park
referencedIn June 2000 - Quarterly (#6006) Gerald R. Ford Library
referencedIn [Assignment: 48-DPA-N_Scarl_Ellis_4-19-06] [2006 Family Heritage Awards Ceremony at the] National Park Service's Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York City, New York, with Acting Interior Secretary P. Lynn Scarlett [among the speakers and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, author Frank McCourt, advertising executive Shelly Lazarus, and major league baseball's Tommy Lasorda among the featured awardees] National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Madeleine Albright Interview National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Secretary of State Madeline Albright Visits Houston Texas February 7, 1997 National Archives at College Park
Problems and Possibilities of an Independent Ukraine National Archives at College Park
creatorOf ʻAruts 7. ʼOlbreiṭ, CNN 5759. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Secretary of State Madeline Albright Visits Berlin, Germany and Paris, France December 20, 1999 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Albright, Madeleine William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum
referencedIn Secretary of State Madeline Albright Visits Germany and Macedonia June 15, 1999 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Zbigniew Brzezinski Papers, 1798-2012, (bulk 1952-2011) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Visit to the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights by the First Lady of the United States, Hillary Clinton, and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright [Booklet] [2 Copies]
referencedIn Madeleine Albright in Haiti. Included are photographs of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and President William J. Clinton National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Zbigniew Brzezinski Papers, 1798-2012, (bulk 1952-2011) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn April 1999 (#4097) Gerald R. Ford Library
creatorOf Shatz, Frank. Frank and Jaroslava Shatz Papers. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn Press Conference on Narcotics Certification Determinations National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Trip of Secretary Madeleine K. Albright to Chicago National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Photographs of the White House Photograph Office (Clinton Administration). 1/20/1993 - 1/20/2001. Photographs Relating to the Clinton Administration. 1/20/1993 - 1/20/2001. Photograph of President William Jefferson Clinton in the Situation Room at the White House William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum
referencedIn Women Ambassadors Oral History Project MS 204., 1916-2002, 1980-1990 Sophia Smith Collection
referencedIn Secretary of State Madeline Albright Visits Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Barbados May 4-10, 1997 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Secretary Madeleine K. Albright Address Rotary, Kiwanis Club, and The International Visitor Council in Albuquerque, New Mexico National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Madeleine Albright visit to Mexico National Archives at College Park
referencedIn General Records of the Department of State. 1763 - 2002. Decisions by the Senate in Impeachment Trials. 10/20/1989 - 4/11/2001. Decision of the Senate in the Impeachment Trial of President William Jefferson Clinton National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Oral History Interviews with Zbigniew Brzezinski with Madeleine Albright, Leslie Denend, and William Odom Jimmy Carter Library
referencedIn Secretary of State Madeline Albright Visits Helsinki, Finland March 19-21, 1997 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn State Appropriations [Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Congressional Testimony]
creatorOf United States. Department of State. Moving Images Relating to the Dayton History Project, 1995-1996 National Archives at College Park
creatorOf ʻAruts 7. Ofen ḳayits. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Photographs of the White House Photograph Office (Clinton Administration). 1/20/1993 - 1/20/2001. Photographs Relating to the Clinton Administration. 1/20/1993 - 1/20/2001. Photograph of President William Jefferson Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton Attending the Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum
referencedIn Secretary of State Madeline Albright Visits Interview with CBS, Sunday Morning Rita Brown February 22, 1999 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Secretary of State Madeline Albright Commencement Address Mt Holyoke College May 25, 1997 Gerald R. Ford Library
referencedIn The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright at National Cathedral School National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Secretary of State Madeline Albright accompanying President Clinton to Turkey, Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, and Kosovo, and a day trip by the Secretary to Slovakia November 30, 1999 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Brzezinski, Zbigniew, 1928-. Zbigniew Brzezinski papers : Part II, 1798-2009 (bulk 1960-2007). Library of Congress
referencedIn Secretary of State Madeline Albright Visits Paris and Rambouillet, France March 3, 1999 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Madeleine Albright at Canadian White House Arrival Ceremony National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Secretary of State Madeline Albright Interview on CNN's Larry King Live July 6, 1998 National Archives at College Park
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Birth 1937-05-15

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Czechs

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