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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 601711

Paul Geddes Pennoyer papers


Official documents and other papers relating to the United Nations Conference on International Organization, San Francisco, Calif., on which Pennoyer served with the secretariat.


  • 1945

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2 boxes

The three hundred and eighteen items in the papers of Paul Geddes Pennoyer (1891-1971) cover the period May-June, 1945. The collection includes typed and mimeographed memoranda and agenda of meetings, handwritten drafts and typescripts of press releases, handwritten notes of PGP and others, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs and printed material.

The papers of Paul Geddes Pennoyer relate to his participation in the United Nations Conference on International Organization, San Francisco, 1945. They form a comprehensive collection of official documents and materials concerning the Conference establishing the United Nations. PGP's role was as Secretary of Commission III, Committee I. This committee's function was to study the structure and procedures of the Security Council as proposed at the Dumbarton Oaks Conversations of 1944. Included are records of the Conference, the work of various committees, background information distributed to the participants, and some correspondence including two notes of Alger Hiss to PGP.

Historical/Biographical Information

A.B. Harvard University, 1914.

LL.B. Harvard Law School, 1917

Practiced law in New York City.

During WWII worked for Pentagon.

Served as Secretary of Commission III, Committee I, of the U.N. Conference on International Organization, meeting in San Francisco in 1945.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Paul G. Pennoyer in 1973.

Processing Information:

April, 1979.

Pennoyer, Paul Geddes. Papers, 1945: Finding Aid.
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
Language of description

Repository Details

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