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Confidante's papers give rare look into Hillary Clinton's life

Updated 10:17 AM ET, Mon February 17, 2014
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Bill Clinton as Arkansas governor officiated Jim and Diane Blair's 1979 wedding and Hillary Clinton was "best person." Click through the images for a look into political science professor Diane Blair's relationship with the Clintons: University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections
An invitation from Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign asks people to come meet "our next president" at an Arkansas event. University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections
Near the end of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, Blair was allowed to interview members of his staff on their recollections for a possible book. University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections
In this memo announcing a 1992 staff softball game, strategist James Carville joked about the consequences of those who didn't show up. University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections
During the 1992 presidential campaign, Blair was the go-to person if questions arose about Clinton's record as Arkansas governor. This flier explains how he handled education issues in the state. University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections
Blair's records are a treasure-trove of old Clinton campaign advertisements. These are some from the 1992 presidential race. University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections
As a staffer on the 1992 campaign, Blair received a handbook that included a sample stump speech for surrogates. University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections
Blair also kept magazine stories on Clinton's 1992 race as well as a schedule of fund-raising goals. University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections
Blair was listed as the campaign staffer to speak about children's issues, Clinton's Arkansas record and education. Here are her 1992 campaign ID cards. University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections
Blair's was a methodical clipper of newspaper stories such as these from Clinton's time as Arkansas governor. University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections
Blair's documents were donated to the University of Arkansas after her death in 2000. The Blair collection had 109 boxes of carefully collected documents, each with up to 20 folders in them -- 16 of the boxes contained material on the Clintons. University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections
An undated photo of Blair, left, and Hillary Clinton with a young Chelsea Clinton. University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections
Hillary and Bill Clinton with Diane and Jim Blair at a formal event. University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections
Diane Blair looks amused as Bill Clinton holds a cake at a 1988 Democratic event in Washington County, Arkansas. University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections