Three-term U.S. Senator Jim Sasser, who also served as China ambassador under President Clinton, has donated his papers to Vanderbilt University. He met his wife as an undergrad, going on to get a law degree.
“We felt Vanderbilt was a fitting repository for our papers and our memoirs and hopefully they will be of some help and assistance to future scholars and students.”
The materials include photos from Sasser’s time in China. He recalls a particularly tense period after NATO mistakenly bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
The collection also has memorabilia, such as the gavel Sasser used while chairing the Senate Budget Committee for six years.
After representing Tennessee in Washington, Sasser and his wife now reside in the D.C. area.
“The senator’s papers are a treasure, providing insights into some of the most significant political and global issues of our time,” dean of libraries Connie Vinita Dowell says in a statement.