William Phillips diaries
Transcripts of original diaries of American diplomat William Phillips.
- Phillips, William, 1878-1968 (Person)
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
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This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository, with the exception of one volume. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.
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Extent5.3 linear feet (21 boxes in 7 cartons and 1 volume)
Transcriptions of Phillips' diaries, the originals of which were lost in the preparation of his memoirs, Ventures in Diplomacy. Also includes letters, reports, memoranda, and clippings, all related to the journals.
Biographical / Historical
Phillips was an American diplomat, born in Beverly, Mass. His career included assignments with both the Foreign Service and the State Department. He was minister to the Netherlands (1920-1922), minister to Luxembourg, (1920-1922, 1924-1927), ambassador to Belgium (1924-1927), minister to Canada (1927-1929), ambassador to Italy (1936-1940), wartime ambassador to India (1942-1944), and a member of the Anglo-American Committee on Palestine (1946). He was married in 1910 to Caroline Astor Drayton.
Organized into 9 series:
- I. Undersecretary of State, 1917-1924
- II. Undersecretary of State, 1933-1936
- III. Ambassador to Italy, 1936-1941
- IV. Strategic Services, 1942
- V. Political Advisor, 1943-1944
- VI. India, 1942-1943
- VII. Conversations, 1935-1939
- VIII. Franco-Siamese Commission, 1947
- IX. Palestine, 1946
Immediate Source of Acquisition
55M-69. Gift of William Phillips, Highover, North Beverly, Mass.; received: 1955 October.
- Phillips, William, 1878-1968. William Phillips diaries, 1917-1947: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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