Eldon R. (Eldon Revare) James papers relating to his position as Adviser in Foreign Affairs to the Siamese Government
Scope and Contents
The papers cover mainly the years 1918 to 1924, with a few items dated earlier and later.
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b. Newport, Kentucky, Nov. 21, 1875.
B.S., U. of Cincinnati, 1896; LL.B., 1899.
S.J.D., Harvard, 1912.
m. Phila W. Smith, Dec. 28, 1904.
Practiced law in Cincinnati, 1899-1911.
Instructor and Professor of Law, Cincinnati Law School (U. of Cincinnati), 1902-1912.
Prof. of Law, U. of Wisconsin, 1912-1913.
Prof. of Law, U. of Minnesota, 1913-1914.
Dean, Law School, U. of Missouri, 1914-1918.
Advisor in Foreign Affairs to the Siamese Government, 1918-1924.
Judge, Supreme Court of Siam, 1919-1924.
Prof. of Law and Librarian, Harvard Law School, 1923-1942.
Law Librarian of Congress, 1943-1946.
d. June 2, 1949.
- Series I: Personal Correspondence: Eldon R. James, 1918-1923. 8 folders.1918-1923.
This Series consists almost entirely of letters written by Eldon to his mother. The letters include descriptions of Bangkok, general information about Siam and its people, his and Phila’s daily activities, special events that he attended, and trips that he and Phila took.
- Series II: Personal Correspondence: Phila S. James, 1917-1923. 21 folders.1917-1923
This Series consists primarily of letters written by Phila to her mother, although some are also addressed to Alma and Wilson, who were also family members. The letters include detailed descriptions of life in Bangkok, impressions of other Westerners in Siam, accounts of the servants who lived and worked in their house, and descriptions of Phila’s metal work. All of Phila’s letters contain updates on the weather and on Eldon’s and her health, as well as inquiries into the health of those she was writing to. Her later letters contain much less description of her surroundings and more about her own activities and her desire to return home.
- Series III: Official and General Correspondence, 1918-1935. 4 folders.1918-1935
This Series consists mainly of correspondence between Eldon James and various Siamese officials, both during and after his employment as Advisor in Foreign Affairs. The correspondence after his employment contains detailed descriptions of a 1932 coup that resulted in the creation of a constitutional monarchy in Siam, as well as the King’s abdication two years later. These accounts are particularly valuable as they are written from the point of view of a member of the Siamese royal family.
- Series IV: Miscellany, 1918-1933. 7 folders.1918-1933
This Series includes miscellaneous materials related to Eldon and Phila James and their time in Siam. Materials include certificates naming Eldon James to various royal orders, notes about Siam, James’s passport used for his and Phila’s return to the United States, a diary kept by Phila, typescripts, postcards, and correspondence.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- James, Eldon R. (Eldon Revare). Papers Relating to his Position as Adviser in Foreign Affairs to the Siamese Government, 1918-1935: Finding Aid.
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