59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

A Finding Aid to the Bill Clinton Pool Reports and Press Releases, 1993-1997

Descriptive Summary

RepositoryMartha's Vineyard Museum, Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
Call NumberRU 462
Creator Nolan, Chloe, collector
TitleBill Clinton pool reports and press releases
Extent1 1/2 box (0.252 cubic feet)
LanguageThe materials are in English.
AbstractThe collection consists of news bulletins related to the Martha's Vineyard vacations of President Bill Clinton and his family between 1993 and 1999.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use and Reproduction Restrictions

Requests to reproduce material from this collection should be directed to museum staff. Reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation

Martha's Vineyard Museum, RU 462, Bill Clinton Pool Reports and Press Releases.

Acquisition Information

Letter from Bill Clinton to Ed Jerome, gift of Chloe Nolan in 1997. (Accession no. 1997.069). Annotations on other pool reports, press releases and an essay, 1997-1999, indicate that they were also gifted by Chloe Nolan, however, the date of accession and accession number are unknown. The immediate source of acquisition and date of accession for earlier 1993-1994 materials are also unknown.

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Insley Julier in January 2014. Machine-encoded by Nathaniel Janick April 2014.

 Creation of this finding aid was sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Index Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • White House. Office of the Press Secretary

Family Name(s)

  • Clinton family


  • Press releases

Geographic Name(s)

  • Edgartown (Mass.)
  • Edgartown School (Edgartown, Mass.)
  • Martha's Vineyard (Mass.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Clinton, Bill, 1946-
  • Clinton, Hillary Rodham
  • Campbell, Betsy


  • News agencies
  • Presidents-\-Homes and haunts-\-United States
  • Presidents-\-Travel-\-United States
  • Press
  • Secret service-\-United States
  • Summer resorts-\-Massachusetts-\-Martha's Vineyard
  • Vacations

Biography/Historical Note

William J. Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, served two terms, 1993-2001. During his administration, President Bill Clinton, his wife First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and their daughter Chelsea Clinton made several visits to the island of Martha's Vineyard. The Clinton family's first Martha's Vineyard vacation occurred in August of 1993. The presidential visits drew a large number of national news agencies and journalists to the island of Martha's Vineyard between 1993 and 2000. In order to provide press coverage the White House Office of the Press Secretary set up a rotating pool to allow various news organizations special access to the Clinton family vacation. The information that each White House press corps member gathered was distributed to other members of the press pool through pool reports. The press corps on Martha's Vineyard was headquartered in the Edgartown School, by permission of the then-principal, Edward J. Jerome.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains both press releases issued by the White House, Office of the Press Secretary and pool reports generated by journalists from various news organizations and distributed at the Edgartown School, 1993-1999. In general, official press releases contain policy statements on United States and global events, while pool reports describe the daily vacation activities of the Clinton family. These materials were collected by Edgartown innkeeper, Chloe Nolan and her neighbor, Betsy Campbell. The pair's fascination with the presidential visit and their collecting activities in the press corps headquarters are described in an essay by Betsy Campbell, titled "Keeping Up with Bill and Chloe," August 31, 1998. In addition, materials include a photocopy of a letter of thanks from Bill Clinton to Edgartown School principal, Ed Jerome, a press contact list and several, miscellaneous, partial faxes from the Office of the President and the Office of the First Lady.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Collection Contents


Press Contact Sheet, 1993 August 20 


Press Releases, 1993 August 20-1993 August 29 


Pool Reports, 1993 August 21-1993 August 29 


Photocopy of an Incomplete Fax, 1993 


Press Releases, 1994 August 29-1994 September 05 


Pool Reports, 1994 August 31-1994 September 02 


Press Releases and Pool Reports, 1997 August 18-1997 August 30 


Press Releases and Pool Reports, 1997 August 31-1997 September 06 


Photocopy of a Letter from Bill Clinton to Edward J. Jerome, 1997 or after 


Pool Reports, 1998 August 18-1998 August 29, undated 


Press Releases, 1998 August 18-1998 August 20 


Press Releases, 1998 August 20-1998 August 28 


Essay, "Keeping up with Bill and Chloe," by Betsey Campbell, 1998 August 31 


Pool Reports, 1999 August 19-1999 August 26 


Press Releases, 1999 August 23-1999 August 26