By: Kelley Shannon, Associated Press Writer
(AP) The Watergate papers of Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, including those identifying “Deep Throat,” will be housed at the University of Texas at Austin in a $5 million deal announced Monday.
The university said it is paying Woodward and Bernstein $5 million to archive the documents, enough to fill about 75 file boxes, at its Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. The men will split the money, being donated by several foundations and individuals.
The center will preserve the papers, including notebooks, assorted pieces of paper, and photographs, and make them available for study.
The vast majority of the documents will be available to the public within a year, said Thomas Staley, director of the Ransom center. But documents naming “Deep Throat” and up to several dozen other unidentified sources will be kept confidential until the deaths of the sources.
“We’re pleased, we’re honored. This is a great institution,” Bernstein said.
Woodward and Bernstein said a trustee will be chosen to eventually help release the identities. Details of how that will be done have not yet been worked out.
The two reporters said they did not discuss placing the documents with any other institution and are donating $500,000 to UT to establish a series of conferences on Watergate.
“From the beginning of the investigation, Woodward and Bernstein adhered to one rule: They threw away nothing and kept all notes and drafts of stories. The result is a meticulous record of the Watergate story from beginning to end,” UT President Larry Faulkner said.
Faulkner and Staley were key in making the documents available to the public and yet still protecting the confidential sources, Woodward and Bernstein said.
“It really is new and different and gutsy on their part,” Woodward said.
Woodward and Bernstein, then 29 and 28, were the first reporters to establish the connection between the Nixon White House and the June 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Headquarters in Washington’s Watergate complex.
Their reporting over the following months won the Post a Pulitzer Prize for public service and led the reporters to write two books, All the President’s Men and The Final Days.
Nixon, faced with almost-certain impeachment for his role in covering up the break-in, resigned in August 1974. Forty government officials and members of Nixon’s re-election committee were indicted and convicted on felony charges.