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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1829

Christian Archibald Herter papers

Business and personal correspondence as well as political papers of American statesman and politician Christian Archibald Herter.


  • 1929-1967
  • Majority of material found in 1943-1966

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


22 linear feet (44 boxes)

Consists of business and personal correspondence, political papers, speeches and other writings, photographs, clippings, and other printed material. The correspondence emphasizes Herter's activities after his tenure as secretary of state ended in 1961 and his interests in such organizations as the Atlantic Institute, Foreign Service Educational Foundation, Middle East Institute, and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins. Personal correspondence consists mainly of family letters. Political papers include material from his gubernatorial campaigns and correspondence concerning the 1964 Republican Party convention. Speeches and other writings reflect Herter's interest in foreign affairs and international trade. Note: As far as possible, the order of the papers as they came from the Herter Family has been retained. The headings used are general and include speeches, reports, and related correspondence.

Biographical / Historical

Christian A. Herter was an American statesman and politician. He was a member of the Massachusetts legislature (1931-1943); representative in the U.S. Congress (1943-1953); governor of Massachusetts (1953-1957); undersecretary of state (1957-1959); and secretary of state (1959-1961).


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Business correspondence
  2. II. Personal correspondence
  3. III. Political papers
  4. IV. Speeches and writings of Christian A. Herter
  5. V. Addenda, photographs, clippings, miscellany

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*68M-31. Gift of Mrs. Christian A. Herter, 3108 "P" Street North West, Washington D.C.; received: 1968.
Herter, Christian Archibald, 1895-1966. Christian Archibald Herter papers, 1929-1967: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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