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Guide to the Allen-Angier family papers, 1843-1971

Abstract

Collection contains correspondence, speeches, clippings, and printed material, chiefly relating to the career of George Venable Allen (1903-1970), diplomat, director of the U.S. Information Agency, and president of the Tobacco Institute. Includes material on the U.S. Foreign Service, the U.S. Information Agency, U.S. foreign relations, India, Iran, the tobacco industry, and the cigarette smoking and health controversy. Also includes family photographs from the Angier house on Trinity Avenue in Durham.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Allen-Angier family papers
Creator
Allen, George V., (George Venable), 1903-1970
Extent
8.0 Linear feet, 16 boxes
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection includes papers kept by Zalene Allen Angier which include correspondence, 1936-1969, largely letters from her brother George Venable Allen (1903-1970), diplomat, official of the Tobacco Institute, and trustee of Duke University.

Allen's letters describe his diplomatic career and personal matters, including foreign relations and social life in Greece, Egypt, and Iran in the 1930s and 1940s; the royal family of Iran; the Potsdam Conference; and customs of Saudi Arabia. Letters of the 1950s mention celebrities Allen met, such as Yehudi Menuhin and Aristotle Onassis; and relations of the U.S. with India and of Russia with Yugoslavia. Letters of Allen's wife Katherine Martin Allen reflect diplomatic social life.

Clippings relate to Allen's career as diplomat and as director of the United States Information Agency, to his family, and to his death.

Miscellaneous papers include invitations; White House dinner menus; press releases; a report, February 9, 1932, on Japanese-Chinese relations; articles by Allen; and other printed materials.

There are photographs of Allen and many acquaintances, including Marshall Tito, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Amjad All, Abba Eban, Wellington Koo, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John Foster Dulles, and William Fulbright.

Papers, 1945-1970, kept by George and Katherine Allen include letters from Eisenhower and Dulles about Allen's shift from the State Department to the USIA; a report on the political situation in Iran, January 21, 1948; correspondence on Egyptian-U.S. relations in the 1950s and the Henry A. Byroade scandal, the Cold War, the cigarette smoking and health controversy, and on Allen's speeches.

Enclosed with a letter from Allen of May 10, 1970, is a petition against slavery by the Baptist Church of Augusta, Maine, dated August 17, 1843.

There are files of speeches and related correspondence on Russia, propaganda, the space race, foreign policy, peace, the tobacco industry, India, Iran, UNESCO, and other topics.

There is material on the Dulles and Eisenhower oral history projects and on various honors and awards received by Allen.

Two scrapbooks contain clippings about Allen's career and family photographs. There is also a photocopy of his book-length manuscript reminiscence of experiences as Ambassador to Iran in the 1940s and 1950s; a letter from Josephus Daniels, 1940, commenting on Allen's review of Daniels' book, Tar Heel Editor; and a tape recording of Allen's address, 1967, to the Tobaccoland Kiwanis Club on the United States in the world.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1940-1959 May
Box 1
Correspondence, 1959 June-Dec.
Box 1
Correspondence, 1960
Box 1
Correspondence, 1961
Box 1
Correspondence, 1962-1970
Box 1
"Basic Themes of U.S. Foreign Policy," Rome, 1965 Nov. 22
Box 2
Duke Executive Committee
Box 2
California Educators Conference, 1967 Feb. 25
Box 2
Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1967 Jun. 11
Box 2
"Diplomacy, Loud or Quiet? Freedom & Union," 1961 Oct.
Box 2
Duke Executive Committee
Box 2
Federal Union Luncheon, 1964 April 16
Box 2
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Creel Conference, 1967 May 29
Box 2
Freedom Assembly at the Overseas Press Club, NYC, speech, 1961 Oct. 7
Box 2
"Germany revisited," write-up of visit to Germany, 1964 October
Box 2
Honors and Awards
Box 2
How Foreign Policy is Made, 1964 Oct.
Box 2
Hanover College, Indiana, commencement address, 1966 May 29
Box 2
Harvard-Radcliffe Student Government Association, 1967 Feb. 2
Box 2
Hood College, Frederick, Md., 1967 Mar. 6
Box 2
"How U.S. Foreign Poclity is Made"
Box 2
Hunter College, 1967 June 8
Box 2
Oral History Project on Eisenhower Administration
Box 2
Interview, John Foster Dulles Oral History Project, Princeton University Library, 1965 July 29
Box 2
Inter-American Defense College, speech, Fort McNair, D.C., 1966 Mar. 10
Box 3
International Visitors & Sister Cities Conference, mayor's council, 1967 Jan. 28
Box 3
"Must We Be Red or Dead?" Founder's Day, Duke, 1961 Dec. 11
Box 3
Miscellaneous
Box 3
National Secretaries Association, Sheraton Park Hotel, D.C ., 1967 Oct. 14
Box 3
National Tobacco Tax Association, Philadelphia, Pa., summary of address, 1964 Sept. 21
Box 3
Nehru - Saturday Review article for USIS book, 1965 May 11
Box 3
"Our Libraries Overseas," Atlantic Monthly, 1961 May
Box 3
North Georgia College, Dahlonega, Ga., 1966 June 5
Box 3
Pennsylvania State University
Box 3
People to People
Box 3
Pharmaceutical Manufacturers annual meeting, Boca Raton, Fla., 1967 Mar. 31
Box 3
Princeton speech, 1962
Box 3
"Some Thoughts on Career Service," State Newsletter, 1964 June
Box 3
Spartanburg, S.C., 1966 Jan.
Box 3
State University College, New Paltz, N.Y., 1966 Oct. 18
Box 3
"Success in Training," article for Success Unlimited, 1967 July
Box 3
"The Suez Affair," book review for Interplay, 1967 Jun.
Box 3
"To Tell the Truth," 1967 Feb. 2
Box 3
"Understanding: The Surest Road to Peace," G.E. Defense Quarterly, 1959 July 9
Box 3
"Meet the Press," 1958
Box 3
Tobacco Institute, Inc.
Box 3
Walter Johnson High School, Bathesda, Md. (commencement address), 1967 Jun. 20
Box 3
World Affairs Council of Northern Calif., San Francisco, 1967 Oct.
Box 3
"Whose Ambassador," by Fitzpatrick
Box 3
Review of "The Strategy of Subversion," by Prof. Paul L. Blackstock, Saturday Review, 1964 Oct.
Box 3
"Yugoslavia and the West," 1950
Box 3
United States Information Agency (USIA), 1957-1963
Box 4
"USIA: The Big Problem is Belief," NY Herald Tribune, 1963 Aug. 4
Box 4
USIA speeches, 1958
Box 4
USIA speeches, 1960
Box 4
Binder of USIA speeches, 1957-1960
Box 4
Writings and addresses, 1939-1958
Box 5
Writings and addresses, 1959-1960
Box 5
Writings and addresses, 1961
Box 5
Writings and addresses, 1962-1965 Sept.
Box 5
Writings and addresses, 1965 Oct. - 1970
Box 5
"Mission to Iran," Chapters 1-5
Box 5
"Mission to Iran," Chapters 6-10
Box 5
Correspondence, 1936-1957
Box 6
Correspondence, 1958-1969 and undated
Box 6
Miscellany, 1932-1963
Box 6
Miscellany, 1966-1970s
Box 6
Clippings: Greece, 1950s
Box 6
Clippings: India, 1950s
Box 6
Clippings: Middle East, 1950s
Box 6
Clippings: Yugoslavia, 1950s
Box 6
Clippings: USIA, 1950s
Box 6
Clippings, 1930s-1940s
Box 6
Clippings, 1950s
Box 6
Clippings, 1960s
Box 7
Clippings: Tobacco Institute, 1960s
Box 7
Clippings: Duke University, 1960s
Box 7
Clippings: Foreign Service Institute, 1960s
Box 7
Clippings: USIA, 1960s
Box 7
Clippings: Presidential Campaign, 1964
Box 7
Clippings, 1970 and undated
Box 7
Printed materials, 1940-1959
Box 7
Printed materials, 1960-1961 July
Box 7
Printed materials, 1961 July - 1965
Box 7
Printed materials, 1966-1970
Box 7
Broadside, 1960 Nov. 14
Box 7
Photographs: Atoms for Peace
Box 8
Photographs: Belgium
Box 8
Photographs: China
Box 8
Photographs: Family
Box 8
Photographs: Greece
Box 8
Photographs: India
Box 8
Photographs: Iran
Box 8
Photographs: Lebanon
Box 8
Photographs: Miscellaneous
Box 8
Photographs: Nepal
Box 8
Photographs: Yugoslavia
Box 8
Photographs: Pakistan
Box 8
Tape Recording: "The Position of the U.S. in the World"
Box 8
Foreign Service diary
Box 1 of 2
Correspondence, 1906-1974
Box 1 of 2
Addresses and writings, 1929-1968
Box 1 of 2
Financial papers, 1819-1907
Box 1 of 2
Miscellany and photographs
Box 1 of 2
Printed materials
Box 1 of 2
Clippings, 1948-1970
Box 1 of 2
Scrapbooks and a photograph album
Box 2 of 2
Correspondence, 1931-1966 and undated
Box 93/171: 1
Miscellany
Box 93/171: 1
Clippings, 1935-1964
Box 93/171: 2
Photographs
Box 93/171: 3
Family scrapbook
Box 93/171: 4
Scrapbook of clippings and family scrapbook
Box 93/171: 5
Family scrapbooks, clippings, and photographs
Box 93/171: 6

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Allen-Angier family papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Allen-Angier family papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gifts in 1971-1972, 1993, and 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by: Rubenstein Library staff

Accessions described in this collection guide: 1971-1972; 1993-0171; 2010-0029