Jean-Bertrand Aristide was the president of Haiti until he was overthrown in a military coup in September of 1991. The United States was a major force in reinstalling the exiled Haitian leader in 1994 under President Bill Clinton through Operation Uphold Democracy. The Novak Archive has obtained the Clinton Presidential Library's photos of Jean-Bertrand Aristide through a Freedom of Information Act request.
FOIA request 2018-0084-F includes 3,998 photographs in color and black & white film processed from 35mm. Not all of the photos in the collection feature President Aristide. US Presidential Libraries that are operated by the National Archives (like Clinton's) process requests at the folder level, meaning that photos from an entire event are processed at a time, many of which may not even contain photos of the desired subject.
As a result, the photos in this FOIA request includes many people that you'd expect, like President Clinton, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and Jean-Bertrand Aristide. But the photo contact sheets also include people you might not expect, like Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Madeleine Albright, Les Aspin, Leon Fuerth, David Gergen, George Stephanopoulos, and General John Shalikashvili, among others.Read More