Sassers Donate Papers to Vanderbilt

James R. Sasser, former U.S. senator from Tennessee and ambassador to China, and his wife, Mary, have donated their papers to Vanderbilt University, the Nashville Post reports. Sasser met his wife at the school while they were undergraduates. He also earned his law degree from the university. The donation contains photographs and other memorabilia from Sasser’s years in the Senate – including the gavel he used while chairing the Budget Committee -- and his time in China, where he forged close relationships with national leaders. Mary Sasser’s contributions include materials associated with her efforts to advance the cause of women around the world and promote women entrepreneurs.