The Camp David Accords After Twenty-Five Years

Compiled by Martin I. Elzy

To commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Camp David Accords, the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum has created a three-part collection of historical materials to facilitate research on this milestone event.

The collection begins with “Thirteen Days After Twenty-Five Years,” a narrative of the Camp David meetings of United States President Jimmy Carter, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, September 5-17, 1978. The meetings ended with the signing in the East Room of the White House of “A Framework for Peace in the Middle East Agreed at Camp David” and a “Framework for the Conclusion of a Peace Treaty Between Egypt and Israel.” This narrative has been only slightly edited since it was originally written for the twentieth anniversary temporary exhibit on the Camp David Accords created by the Carter Museum staff in 1998.

That is followed by “Twenty-Five Documents After Twenty-Five Years,” a selection of documents available for research in the archives of the Carter Library. These documents were selected to demonstrate the scope of activities throughout the Carter administration concerning Arab-Israeli peace and to illustrate the complex issues that exist in the struggle for peace in the Middle East.

Finally, “Twenty-Five Photographs After Twenty-Five Years” illustrates the photographic holdings of the Carter Library. Although these photos date from throughout the Carter administration, the selection particularly features the Camp David meetings in September, 1978, and President Carter’s March 7-14, 1979, peace mission to Egypt and Israel, which resulted in the “Treaty of Peace Between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the State of Israel,” signed on March 26, 1979, on the North Lawn of the White House by Prime Minister Begin and President Sadat and witnessed by President Carter.