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Guide to the Angier Biddle Duke Papers, 1923-1990s and undated

Collection Overview

The papers of Angier Biddle Duke span the years 1915 to 1995, though the bulk of the collection ranges from 1940 to 1995. The papers chiefly consist of correspondence; scrapbooks; diaries; photographs; diplomatic papers; sound recordings, video cassette tapes and films; appointment books; clippings; printed material; and business papers. There are also a few legal and financial papers. Miscellaneous materials also include writings by other authors; fiscal and other reports; school grade reports; invitations; guest lists; and some memorabilia. The collection documents Angier Biddle Duke's long career in politics and diplomacy, as well as his activities as chairman or president of various agencies and institutions. Much of the material also documents Duke's personal life as well as the social and political activities of various family members. The subjects represented in greatest detail include U.S. politics and foreign policy; the Kennedy and Johnson administrations; and the history of US. and foreign diplomacy. In addition, the papers contain valuable information on economic and social conditions in Spain, Morocco, Denmark, Africa, Pakistan, and other countries; World War II; post-World War Europe; European and Pakistani refugees; civil rights and de-segregation (especially in Washington, DC); philanthropy; Long Island social life and communities; and the Duke, Biddle, and Drexel families.

Details on Angier Biddle Duke's life as well as information on the Duke, Biddle, and Drexel families can be found in the Biographical Data Series. These materials include some of A. B. Duke's military records; articles on A. B. Duke; biographical entries on A. B. Duke from Who's Who and Biography Today; "in memoriam" booklets from his first wife's funeral and the funeral of Angier Buchanan Duke, A. B. Duke's father; and genealogical materials on the families. Selected condolences out of the hundreds sent to Robin Chandler Duke after her husband's death in 1995 also reveal much about the personality and life of A. B. Duke. In addition, the narratives in the Diaries Series offer a great deal of material concerning the personalities of A. B. Duke and his family and acquaintances throughout his life.

The Correspondence Series also offers details on the personal relations between members of the Duke, Biddle, Semans, and Trent families, though correspondence between immediate family members makes up a relatively small percentage of this large series. The correspondence files are therefore perhaps most useful for the documentation they provide about A. B. Duke's extraordinary career and his many important friends and contacts in international politics and high society. Additional biographical data on A. B. Duke and family members, particularly useful for information on Robin Chandler Duke's social and political activities, can be found in the Clippings Series files.

The Pictures Series contains hundreds of photographs of the Duke, Semans, and Biddle families. Some early photographs of Angier Biddle Duke were taken during his enlistment in the Army from 1940-1945. An album entitled "A celebration of the life of Benjamin Newton Duke, 1979" can be found in the Scrapbooks Series. Finally, as A. B. Duke served as president of the Duke Family Association of NC from 1988-1995, there are a number of items related to the meetings of this genealogical association found in the Correspondence Series.

Angier Biddle Duke was best known for his ambassadorial skills and his political acumen beginning with his appointment to the office of Ambassador to El Salvador in 1952 as the youngest ambassador ever appointed to a post. His subsequent career in diplomacy and politics, including his appointment as Chief of Protocol under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, is unusually well-documented through the Correspondence Series, the Diaries Series, containing detailed personal diaries and memoirs; the Interviews Series (both taped and written); numerous scrapbooks and photographs found in the Scrapbooks and Pictures Series, the Printed Materials Series, which includes many articles on A. B. Duke; and the Clippings Series. A series of written and taped diaries entitled the "Ambassador's Diary" are especially interesting for A. B. Duke's candid reflections on his diplomatic experiences. A few items also reveal the family's experiences in foreign countries as viewed by his wife, Robin Chandler Duke, as exemplified by her brief diary from Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia (1976). A relatively minor source of information on the Dukes' itineraries include the Travel Series, which contains routine documents relating to the Dukes' travel activities. Other materials concerning foreign policy and diplomacy may be found in the Miscellaneous Series, where many articles and speeches by other authors are filed.

The political and social events of the 1960s and 1970s are well-represented in the A. B. Duke Papers in the multimedia formats associated with the Audio, Film, and Videotape Series, containing numerous recordings, audio and visual, of speeches, toasts, and visits of foreign dignitaries; the Scrapbooks and Pictures Series, which hold many candid and formal photographs of well-known politicians, diplomats, celebrities, and artists, many of them signed; and the Clippings Series, documenting many major world events as well as personal events from 1950s to the 1990s. One scrapbook covers President Kennedy's trip to Berlin, West Germany; another oversize scrapbook covers an international incident at Palomares, Spain (1966): while Duke was that country's ambassador, an undetonated US nuclear bomb was lost off the coast of Spain, then recovered after much consternation, and increased international outcry against nuclear weapons. Materials in the Protocol Papers Series also concern Kennedy's assassination and the transition to a Johnson White House during the period when A. B. Duke was Chief of Protocol. As Jacqueline Kennedy had already become a good friend of A. B. Duke's family, there are items in the Correspondence Series reflecting her close relationship with them in the difficult years after her husband's assassination.

The head of the State Department Office of Protocol serves as principal adviser to the President and Secretary of State on matters of diplomatic procedures governed by law or international customs and practice. Angier Biddle Duke's responsibilities as Chief of Protocol from 1961-65 and 1968, including his role in the arrangements for the Kennedy funeral, are best represented by materials in the Protocol Papers Series, arranged alphabetically by country, and by many valuable letters and telegrams in the Correspondence Series, and in the Writings and Speeches Series. In addition, a great deal of relevant information, both contemporary and retrospective in nature, can be found in the Interviews Series. Several important volumes in the Scrapbooks and Diaries Series are also were created as records of his tenure as Chief of Protocol, and the Pictures Series contains many candid and formal photographs during this period. Finally, events relating to the Office of Protocol are found in audio or film format in the Audio, Film, and Video Series. Memorabilia from this period such as invitations, dinner menus, guest lists, and souvenir programs from inaugurations abroad can also be found in the Miscellaneous Series.

A. B. Duke's extensive organizational activities in later decades are documented in greatest detail through the Correspondence, Subject Files, Interviews, Printed Materials, and Writings and Speeches Series. A large number of materials reflect A. B. Duke's long involvement in the administration of Long Island University, near his family residence in Southampton, N.Y., as well as in other institutions such as the International Rescue Commission, various Democratic committees, CARE, the NYC Dept. of Civic Affairs and Public Events, the Spanish Institute, the Appeal to Conscience Foundation, the Japan-American Institute, the World Affairs Council, and the American Council of Ambassadors, and many others with whom he was affiliated for shorter periods of time. The Subject Files and other series also illustrate A. B. Duke's later involvement in organizations attempting to establish more democratic structures in countries such as El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guyana. Some materials also reflect Robin Chandler Duke's later involvement in politics, including her unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination to fill Koch's congressional seat in 1978, and her role as chairwoman of Population Action International.

Although they contain relatively few documents, the Legal and Financial Papers do provide some information on A. B. Duke's income and financial activities, and the Doris Duke Trust; also in the legal papers is a publisher's contract for the biography of Doris Duke and a copy of Angier Buchanan Duke's will. Other legal and financial matters related to the Duke and Biddle families, particularly the Doris Duke estate (1995) are referred to on a regular basis in the Correspondence Series. Very little is to be found in the collection on the administration, maintenance, or acquisition of Angier Biddle Duke's residences in Washington, NYC, or Long Island, though some illustrations of residences can be found in the Clippings and Pictures Series.

Collections in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library which contain information relevant to the Angier Biddle Duke Papers include the James Buchanan Duke Papers and especially the Semans Family Papers. The Duke University Living History Program collection, also in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, contains an interview with Angier Biddle Duke recorded in the 1970s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Angier Biddle Duke papers, 1923-1990s and undated
Creator
Duke, Angier Biddle, 1915-1995
Extent
93.0 Linear Feet, 45,866 Items
Repository
Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library Durham, North Carolina 27708-0185
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

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Contents of the Collection

Primarily biographical sketches and articles on Angier Biddle Duke, a few military records, "in memoriam" booklets for his first wife, Maria-Luisa de Aranha Duke and Angier Buchanan Duke, his father (d. 1923), and genealogical material and other information on the Duke, Semans, Drexel, and Biddle families, including some photocopies of early Duke family photographs. Also contains a group photograph of Semans and Trent family members.

Biographical data
Box 1

Personnel records, tax statements, receipts, itemized expenses, and schedules of campaign contributions by A. B. Duke.

Financial papers
Box 1

Publisher's contract related to Doris Duke biography, document related to the Doris Duke Trust (1978), and documents from a 1978 lawsuit involving "Pony" Duke. Also includes a copy of Angier Buchanan Duke's will (1928).

Legal papers
Box 1

Transcripts of interviews given by Angier Biddle Duke. There are also a few interviews given by Brzezinski and several ambassadors. Some of the tapes are in the Audio, Film, and Video Series. Interviews are in rough date order. One lengthy interview of A. B. Duke (only titled as "Interview 51," circa 1980) is particularly rich in details on his personal and professional life.

Interviews
Box 1

Letters, photocopies and carbon copies of letters, telegrams, faxes, some invitations, and condolences. Correspondents include A. B. Duke, members of his immediate family, other relatives and friends, and well-known political figures and celebrities. Some of the correspondents include President Lyndon Johnson, Jacqueline Kennedy, Edward M. Kennedy, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Cyrus Sulzberger, Adlai Stevenson, Coretta Scott King, Henry Ford II, Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, Dean Rusk, Cyrus Vance, Prime Minister James Callahan, Albert Gore, Jimmy Carter, Jay Rutherfurd, Walter Annenberg, and many prominent ambassadors. Many are condolences on the sudden death of A. B. Duke's wife, Maria-Luisa de Aranha Duke in 1962, and many are congratulations offered upon his appointments to prominent positions. There are also many condolences sent to Robin Chandler Duke after A. B. Duke's death in 1995.

Arranged chronologically, with some overlap of materials covering later decades.

1925-1960; also has one folder of photocopies of letters relating to Duke's involvement with Kennedy family from 1961-1969.
Box 2
1961-1962
Box 3
1962-1965
Box 4
1966-1969
Box 5
1970-1975
Box 6
1975-1979
Box 7
1979-1980
Box 8
1980-1982
Box 9
1981-1985
Box 10
1976-1990 (bulk 1986-1990)
Box 11
1972-1994 (bulk 1990-1994)
Box 12
1980-1994 (bulk 1989-1994)
Box 13
1974-1995
Box 14
1994-1995 (chiefly condolences to his wife on A. B. Duke's death)
Box 15
1995 (chiefly condolences)
Box 16
1963-1995 (bulk 1995; chiefly condolences)
Box 17

Diaries, memoirs, and journals in several formats ranging from handwritten volumes, handwritten sheets, typed drafts, transcripts of tapes, and audio cassettes. Some of the audio tapes are micro-cassettes; A. B. Duke's hand-held dictation recorder is located with the materials.

[Originals closed to use. Staff must arrange to have use copies made before materials can be accessed. Please consult with Research Services staff before coming to use this collection.]

Chief of Protocol, 1961-1964
Box 18
US. Ambassador to Spain, 1966-1965 (2 vols.)
Box 18
1956, n.d. (2 vols.)
Box 18
1938-1940
Box 18
n.d.
(3 folders)
Box 18
Mrs. Angier Biddle Duke: Notes from Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, 1976, Apr.
Box 18
Tapes, n.d. (4 vols.)
Box 18
Tapes, n.d. (6 vols.)
Box 19
1971-1982
(3 folders)
Box 19
1941-1967 (12 folders, 1 vol.)

[Master copies and use copies of the original audiocassette tapes from this box are now located in boxes 20A-20C.]

Box 20
1941-1967 Audiocassettes (Master Tapes)
Box 20A
1941-1967 Audiocassettes (Use Tapes copy 1)
Box 20B
1941-1967 Audiocassettes (Use Tapes copy 2)
Box 20C
Tapes, n.d. (2 boxes)
Box 21
1974, 1988, 1992, n.d.
(2 folders)
Box 21

Transcripts, drafts, and notes of toasts, speeches, remarks, testimony, and addresses given by A. B. Duke. Organizations sponsoring events include: the White House, the Spanish Institute, Overseas Press Club, National Press Club, and the Council of American Ambassadors. Events include White House Department of State functions, commencements, etc. Includes a speech given at Duke University Library in 1979, and remarks as chairman of the Duke Family Association of NC for the Sesquicentennial Founders' Day at Duke, 1988. Also includes testimony given by Duke for the House Foreign Affairs Committee and farewell speeches upon his leaving various ambassadorships. Other recordings of speeches and ceremonies can be found in the Audio, Film, and Video Series.

1969-1968, n.d.
(2 folders)
Box 22
1950s-1990s
(11 folders)
Box 22
1971-1973
(2 folders)
Box 23
ca. 1960s-1980s, n.d.
(11 folders)
Box 23

Consists of correspondence and other documents such as event schedules, guest lists, and travel arrangements for various events, most of them centering on visiting foreign dignitaries.

Arranged alphabetically by country and occasionally by event. For unknown reasons, there are no headings under the letter "F."

Afghanistan
Box 24
Algeria
Box 24
Arabian Peninsula
Box 24
Argentina
Box 24
Australia
Box 24
Austria
Box 24
Barbados
Box 24
Bolivia
Box 24
Brazil
Box 24
Burma
Box 24
Burundi
Box 24
Cameroon
Box 24
Canada
Box 24
Chile
Box 24
Costa Rica
Box 24
Dane
Box 24
Ethiopia
(2 folders)
Box 24
Ecuador
Box 24
Germany
Box 24
Great Britain
Box 24
Greece
Box 24
Hawaii
Box 24
Honduras
Box 24
Iceland
Box 24
India
Box 24
Iran
Box 24
Ireland
(2 folders)
Box 24
Israel
Box 24
Italy
(2 folders)
Box 24
Japan
Box 24
Johnson, Lyndon Baines: Visit to San Salvador, El Salvador
Box 25
Jordan
(2 folders)
Box 25
Trips to Europe
(2 folders)
Box 25
Funeral of
(2 folders)
Box 25
King, Martin Luther (funeral of)
Box 25
Laos
Box 25
Libya
Box 25
Luxembourg
Box 25
MacArthur, Douglas (funeral of)
Box 25
Malagasy Republic
Box 25
Malaysia
Box 25
Mauritania
Box 25
Mauritius
Box 25
Mexico
Box 25
Morocco
(2 folders)
Box 25
New Zealand
Box 25
Norway
Box 25
"Operational Sail"
Box 25
Pakistan
Box 25
Philippines
Box 25
Rwanda
Box 25
Senegal
Box 25
Somali Republic
Box 25
Tanzania
Box 25
Thailand
Box 26
Trinidad
Box 26
Tunisia
(2 folders)
Box 26
Turkey
Box 26
Uganda
Box 26
Venezuela
Box 26
Yugoslavia
Box 26
Miscellany
(2 folders)
Box 26

Bound scrapbooks varying greatly in size, related to A. B. Duke's personal and professional activities. Contents include photographs, clippings, and other printed materials.

[AS THESE ALBUMS ARE VERY FRAGILE, REFERENCE STAFF MUST BE CONSULTED BEFORE ITEMS ARE USED.]

First Plattsburg Training Regiment, 1940
Box 27
The Dukes (Madrid - Washington), 1968
Box 28
A. B. Duke, 1956
Box 29
1951-1952
Box 30
Argentina - Spain, 1951
Box 31
Poland, ca. 1939-1955
Box 31
ca. 1950-51
Box 32
1976
Box 32
ca. 1954-1956
Box 33
1966-1968
Box 34
The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Centennial Commission, 1992
Box 35
Wedding pictures, etc., ca. 1950s
Box 36
Africa, El Salvador, ca. 1950s
Box 37
1958
Box 38
Palomares, Spain, 1966, Jan.17-Apr. 8
Box 39
1946-1950
Box 40
History of the New York City Department of Civic Affairs and Public Events, 1974-1975
Box 40
1965
Box 41
1958
Box 42
San Salvador
Box 43
A Celebration of the Life of Benjamin Newton Duke, 1979
Box 43
ca. 1920s-1950s
Box 44
Chief of Protocol, 1962
Box 45
Spain, 1966
Box 46
1946-1956
Box 47
1950s
Box 47
Chief of Protocol, 1961
Box 48

Subjects include family, friends, and colleagues of Angier Biddle Duke, as well as many prominent politicians and dignitaries, and celebrities. Subjects can also include events such as the Zellerbach Commission's tour of post-war Europe, and often depict residences and estates. Photographs are either bound in albums or loose in folders. Includes formal photographs as well as many candid shots. There are hundreds of photographs, formal and candid, of the Duke family, and dozens of the Kennedy family.

Series is unarranged.

[SOME ALBUMS ARE FRAGILE: REFERENCE STAFF MUST BE CONSULTED BEFORE USING MATERIALS FROM THIS SERIES.]

ca. 1950s
Box 49
The Zellerbach Commission: The Commission's Tour of Europe, 1957-Oct.15-Nov. 1
Box 49
Barcelona, n.d.
Box 50
Visit to Headquarters, US Air Forces in Europe, Wiesbaden, Germany, 1967.
Box 50
Africa, n.d.
Box 50
Visit of Antonio Segni, President of Italian Republic to US Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Va., 1964, Jan. 16.
Box 50
President John F. Kennedy, n.d.
Box 50
Angier Biddle Duke and family, n.d.
Box 51
Angier Biddle Duke, n.d.
(2 folders)
Box 51
Robin Chandler (Tippett) Lynn Duke
Box 51
Angier Biddle Duke and Robin Chandler (Tippett) Lynn Duke and their family, n.d.
(16 folders)
Box 51
Biddle, Anthony Joseph Drexel, Jr.
Box 52
Bosch, Juan, President of Dominican Rep.
Box 52
Darlington, Charles, and Chester Bowles and Lincoln Gordon
Box 52
Barnes, John; Roger W. Jones
Box 52
Cabot, John M.; George W. Ball
Box 52
Juan Carlos, Prince, King of Spain; Sophia, Princess, Queen
Box 52
Morales, Carrion; Adolphe Berle
Box 52
Carter, James Earl, Jr., and Rosalynn Carter
Box 52
Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg
Box 52
Chiara, Robert F., President of Panama
Box 52
Chinese artist
Box 52
Wymberley Coerv; Philip Coombs; Harlan Cleveland; William Crockett
Box 52
Crown Prince of Libya
Box 52
Anthony Drexel Biddle and family
Box 52
King of Afghanistan and party in Williamsburg on way to White House
Box 52
Aroesmenu, Carlos Julio, President of Ecuador
Box 52
Kennedy, John F., et. al. and family members
Box 52
Visit of Jacqueline Kennedy to Spain
Box 52
Pell, Claiborne; Angier Biddle Duke; John F. Kennedy
Box 52
Palomares Incident
Box 52
John F. Kennedy Sculptures
Box 52
Klaus, Josef, et al.
Box 52
Kennedy, Jacqueline
Box 52
Angier Biddle Duke; Syrian government; Mrs. Charles A Lindbergh; Henry R. Labouisse; Bert Lance, et al.
Box 52
Archbishop Markarios at Cyprus
Box 52
Togo's Chief of Protocol, Douglas MacArthur II
Box 52
King of Burundi
Box 52
Oholensky, Serge; Wm. Orrick; Wm. Leonhart; Bowles; and Parsons
Box 52
Prosio, Manlio, Secretary General, NATO
Box 52
Dr. Platzer, Austrian Ambassador, presents medal to Mrs. Kennedy
Box 52
Haile Selassie
Box 52
C. B. Johnson
Box 52
Diem, President of South Vietnam
Box 52
Hassan II King of Morocco
Box 52
"Lady Bird" Johnson
Box 52
Abukhar, Balenk; J ohn F. Kennedy; Angier Biddle Duke and family
Box 52
Fanfani, Prime Minister of Italy
Box 52
Johnson, Lyndon B., et al.
Box 52
"Duke Farm"
Box 52
Maria-Luisa de Aranha signing wedding registry after marriage to Angier B. Duke
Box 52
Duke, Anthony Drexel and family
Box 52
Duke, Angier Buchanan
Box 52
Estenssero, President of Bolivia
Box 52
Fray, Jacques, et al
Box 52
Princess Grace of Monaco at Flamenco
Box 52
Ambassadors being sworn in
Box 52
Hussein, King of Jordan
Box 52
Roosevelt, Mrs. Franklin Delano, Ambassador. A. B. Duke at swearing-in ceremonies
Box 52
Mwalimu, Julius K. Nyerere, Pres. of Republic of Tanganyika; John F. Kennedy
Box 52
San Martin, Juan Jose Espinosa.
Box 52
Angier Biddle Duke and family, Jimmy Carter, et al.
Box 53
Radio Liberty Committee- Spain (scrapbook)
Box 53
Personal pictures, memorabilia (scrapbook 1943-1944)
Box 54
Visit of the Secretary of Agriculture to Seville; Mrs. Orville (Jane) Freeman; Chas. Nolan Consul General and wife; Douglas Crawford; Agricultural attaché and wife,
Box 55
Marilou Duke
Box 55
Official visit of Hon. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Prime Minister Federation of Nigeria
Box 55
Wedding scrapbook (names unknown)
Box 55
Negatives
Box 56
Morocco
Box 56
Washington Duke memorial
Box 56
Wyndecote, 1987
Box 56
Kennedy, Jacqueline
Box 56
Nyerere, President of Tangeria
Box 56
Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Lyndon B.
Box 56
Erhardt, Ludwig
Box 56
Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg
Box 56
President of Panama R. Chiara
Box 56
Kennedy, John F.
Box 56

Bound personal appointment books and social calendars containing minimal entries with names, events, and times. Items occasionally laid in include business cards, brief messages, reminders.

Series is unarranged.

Appointment Books
(10 folders)
Box 57

Created by Angier Biddle Duke, these files represent a broad range of subjects related to his professional activities from the early 1960s to the 1990s. Additional materials on the same subjects can also be found in the Miscellaneous Series.

Series is unarranged.

The Spanish Institute, Inc.
Box 58
Foreign Policy Association
Box 58
Moroccan-American Foundation
Box 58
Sheila Isham
Box 58
Resumes of Robin Chandler Duke and Angier Biddle Duke, 1990
Box 58
Long Island University (L. I. U.) Windmill Cartoon, 1988
Box 58
San Ten Karate Association Championship, Glenn Luyjet
Box 58
L. I. U. Sag Harbor Initiative
Box 58
Arthur Ross Foundation
(2 folders)
Box 58
L. I. U. - Rogers Memorial Library, 1987
Box 58
Horticultural Committee, Ellen Samuels, 1988
Box 58
Financial Tap, L. I. C. U.
Box 58
I. U. Community Welcoming Reception, April 18, 1986
Box 58
Long Island University
(3 folders)
Box 58
L. I. U. Development, Major Donor Prospects, 1987
Box 58
L. I. U. Development, 1988
Box 58
Long Island University Chancellor's Award Gala Scholarships, 1986
Box 58
L. I. U. 60th Anniversary Convocation, November, 1986
Box 58
M. M. Anram, MD., Long Island College Hospital
Box 58
Alumni Reunion, 1988
Box 58
75th Birthday Celebration for A. B. Duke, 1990
Box 58
American Foundation for AIDS Research
Box 58
Nicaragua
Box 58
New Zealand
Box 58
Prodemca
Box 58
Council of American Ambassadors
Box 59
Global Forum
Box 59
For Our Children's Sake Federation
Box 59
L.I.U. Trustees, WAF Council, WPBX Station
Box 59
L.I.U. Planning Committee, Southampton Campus, Council of Overseas, Letters
Box 59
Boys Harbor, Inc.
Box 59
Hill and Knowlton Federation
Box 59
Manaqua Conference-"Reflections on Transition"
Box 59
Council of American Ambassadors, re: Cuba
Box 59
U.S. Observer Report to El Salvador Elections
Box 59
Panama
(2 folders)
Box 59
Panama speech treaties, 12/13 Letters to the Editor
Box 59
Press Release (Nov. 28, 1977)
Box 59
Panama Press Release
Box 59
Democratic House and Senate Council
Box 59
Asian/Pacific American Advisory Council
Box 59
US International Council
Box 59
Resumes
Box 59
St. Paul's School
Box 59
Coalition for a Democratic Majority
Box 59
Duke University- Living History Program
Box 59
Lists
Box 59
Program for New World Anthropology
Box 59
New York State Ethnic Advisory Council
Box 59
Carey Campaign- Ethnic Advisory Council
Box 59
Citizens T.F. Members
Box 59
International Fund for Monuments
Box 59
Council of American Ambassadors
Box 59
Appeal of Conscience Foundation: Grant for Hungarian exchange
Box 59
Adelphi Academy
Box 60
"Ambassadors Abroad"
Box 60
Council of American Ambassadors Metro. Club
Box 60
Council of American Ambassadors
Box 60
Council on Democratic Campaign for House and Senate
Box 60
Dr. Diefenbach
Box 60
Founder's Day- Presbyterian Church, 1986
Box 60
Duke University Jewish Center
Box 60
Foreign Policy Association
Box 60
Buster, Edward W.- Family Counseling Service
Box 60
IRC Delegation to El Salvador Feb.-Mar. 1990
Box 60
Prodemca
(2 folders)
Box 60
Morocco
Box 60
Jay Rutherfurd, 1987
Box 60
El Salvador Elections, Mar. 1989
Box 60
San Salvador, Letter to Editor- Dan's Papers, 1989
Box 60
Joy Silverman
Box 60
Spanish Institute
Box 60
US New Zealand Council
Box 60
Jamestown Foundation
Box 60
Conference on Northern Ireland
Box 60
Armenian Heritage Project, Inc.
Box 60
Global Conference of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders, Apr. 1988
Box 60
US-USSR Trade and Investment Institute
Box 60
Humanitarian Foundation for Nicaragua
Box 60
P.A. Wk. 1971
Box 60
Global Forum
Box 60
Western Sahara Mission Report
Box 60
International Rescue Committee
Box 60
National Committee on American Foreign Policy
Box 60
Prospectus- Cold War, Argentina and Spain
Box 60
Freedom House
Box 60
Who's Who
Box 60
Beyond Apollo/Soyuz: Partnership for Progress
Box 60
Institute for Central American Studies
Box 60
Rutherfurd/Duke Audio-Visual Project
Box 60
US Observer Delegation to El Salvador Elections
Box 60
Israel Mission
Box 60
Institute of East/West Business Dynamics
Box 60
New York Dept. of Public Events
Box 60
William C. Bullitt biography
(3 folders)
Box 61
Council of American Ambassadors
(2 folders)
Box 61
Freedom House
Box 61
International Rescue Committee
Box 61
NYC Dept. of Civic Affairs and Public Events
(2 folders)
Box 61
International Rescue Committee 1961-1971 (2 folders) , 1972-1973, 1973 (2 folders)
Box 61
Europe-America Conference
(3 folders)
Box 61
Democratic Party Abroad
Box 61
Westminster Board of Trustees
Box 61
Press releases
(2 folders)
Box 62
Fiscal Year Prospectus (1964), White House Executive Office Building
(3 folders)
Box 62
Papers on segregation
(2 folders)
Box 62
Papers on El Salvador, Nicaragua
Box 62
U.S. observer delegation to El Salvador elections
Box 62
U.S.-Japan Foundation
(3 folders)
Box 62
Morocco
(2 folders)
Box 63
Boys Harbor
Box 63
DePeyster, Marilu
Box 63
St. Paul's School
Box 63
Appeal of Conscience Foundation
Box 63
Eaton, William
(2 folders)
Box 63
Carter, Jimmy
Box 63
Humphrey, Hubert
Box 63
Cherne, Leo
Box 63
New York City Democratic Committee
Box 63
C.A.R.E.
(2 folders)
Box 63
US-Japan Foundation
(4 folders)
Box 63
NY State Advisory Council on Ethnic Affairs
Box 64
Ditchley Conference on Spain, NATO, and Western Europe
Box 64
International Fund for Monuments
Box 64
L.I.U. Southampton campus
Box 64
Appeal of Conscience Foundation
Box 64
Statue of Liberty- Ellis Island Foundation
Box 64
Moroccan- American Foundation
Box 64
Council of American Ambassadors
Box 64
Spanish Institute
Box 64
Panama Canal Trip
Box 64
Nat. Committee on American Foreign Policy
Box 64
Robin Chandler Duke
Box 64
Middle East Trip
Box 64
Winston Churchill Memorial- Westminster College
Box 64
Palomares nuclear incident
Box 64
Mission to El Salvador- A Freedom House Special Report
Box 64
Democratic House and Senate Council (Mar. 6, 1979)
Box 64
El Salvador Mission (1988)
Box 64
Delegation to the Elections in El Salvador
(2 folders)
Box 64
Guyana Elections Project
(2 folders)
Box 64

Audio reels and cassettes, filmstrips, and video cassettes concerning various major events in A. B. Duke's professional life. Also includes documentary videos, and ceremonies involving other persons.

Series is unarranged.

[Originals closed to use. A few use copies available and are noted under individual entries; otherwise, staff must arrange to have use copies made before materials can be accessed. Please consult with Research Services staff before coming to use this collection.]

OR1. President Lyndon B. Johnson's toast and Ambassador A. B. Duke's response (3/13/65) (audio tape)

[Use copy available on CD-ROM in Box 65. Created 2006.]

Box 65
OR2. Palomares (3/8/66) (audio tape)

[Use copy available on CD-ROM in Box 65. Created 2006.]

Box 65
President Johnson's toast to Ambassador and Mrs. Duke (audio)
Box 65
Angier Biddle Duke, US Ambassador to Madrid (4/18/67) (2 audio tapes)
Box 65
Interview on Pakistani refugees (7/26/71) (audio)
Box 65
Swearing-in: Ambassador Duke- Chief of Protocol (4/1/68) (audio)
Box 65
Jack Valenti press conference (audio)
Box 65
Francis Plimpton Day (audio)
Box 65
"Spain and Europe Today" (audio)
Box 65
Film of ambassador's presentation of credentials
Box 65
Global Forum
Box 65
Global Forum II
Box 65
Prof. Antonio Fontain TV Mon. Switzerland (2 audio tapes)
Box 65
Fontain, Royal Privy Council (audio)
Box 65
Gibraltar (10/26/67) (2 audio tapes)
Box 65
"Celebrate New York" Program Series (10 tapes)
Box 65
Presentation of Henry Morganthau Award to A. B. Duke by Henry Kissinger
Box 65
Under Secretary of State- Economic Affairs Press Conference, Madrid 1966 (audio)
Box 65
1990 awards dinner
Box 65
"Teenage Mothers: A Global Crisis"
Box 65
People for Mrazek
Box 65
"En Sus Propias Palabras"- Fidel Castro
Box 65
"Morocco Video Showcase"
Box 65
Mac Neil/Lehrer News Hour - Jan. 13, 1992
Box 65
"Decade of Decision" - Population Crisis Committee
Box 65
"Science Held Hostage: RU486 and the Politics of Abortion" (unopened video)
Box 65
"Profile in Excellence"
Box 65
"Sustaining our Planetary Home"
Box 65
Channel 2- "The People, Boys Harbor, Anthony Duke"
Box 65
King Hussein's visit to the U.S. (film)
Box 65
A. B. Duke before the National Democratic Club 6/2/66
Box 65

Large series of clippings and press releases. Subjects include major world events; marriages of A. B. Duke, close family and friends, including Jay Rutherfurd; events related to A. B. Duke's professional life; the nuclear incident at Palomares, Spain; and the death of Maria-Luisa Duke in 1962. Several articles highlight Robin Chandler Duke's life. One folder of materials concerns Doris Duke's death and estate. Only badly deteriorated clippings have been photocopied; the majority are originals.

Arranged in rough chronological order.

11 folders
Box 66
17 folders
Box 67

Books, pamphlets, periodicals, articles, minutes, reports of various kinds, printed speeches, leaflets, advertisements, business documents, fiscal analyses, programs, and various other materials. The books cover a wide range of topics: some are texts on foreign policy, diplomacy, and politics, while others (a few novels) seem to have belonged to the private reading libraries of Robin Chandler Duke and A. B. Duke. One book is a limited edition commemorating President Kennedy's inauguration. Other subjects in the Printed Materials Series cover JFK's assassination; Spanish business, trade, and foreign policy; Pakistani refugees; and Denmark. Many of the materials may relate to areas found under the Subject Files Series.

Series is unarranged.

11 folders. Includes "Escape to Freedom: the Story of the International Rescue Committee" by Aaron Levenstein (1983). A. B. Duke played a major role in the efforts of IRC.
Box 68
11 folders.
Box 69
1 folder, 9 books, pamphlets
Box 70
13 folders
Box 71
4 books
Box 72
5 folders, pamphlets
Box 73
4 folders, 4 books
Box 74
12 folders
Box 75

Routine travel schedules, itineraries, and other records for A. B. Duke and various other people. Series is unarranged.

A wide range of materials not filed under main series, though some related materials may exist here. The most important group of materials in this series may be the writings and speeches of authors other than A. B. Duke. Subjects often include diplomacy and international politics. Includes large groups of invitations and guest lists as well as several memorabilia.

Series is unarranged.

Travel files
(10 folders)
Box 76
Miscellaneous (one of these is a classified memo, American embassy in Manila)
(5 folders)
Box 76
17 folders
Box 77
Invitations (9 folders), guest lists (5 folders)
Box 78
5 folders, Prodemca (1 binder), gold trinket
Box 79
19 folders
Box 80
11 folders; includes JFK campaign button.
Box 81
Democratic Nicaragua advertisement
Box 82
Esquire, 1963 Jan.
Box 82
Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer advertisement featuring A. B. Duke and first wife ( circa 1930)
Box 82
Chopin (2 records)
Box 82
1964 Democratic National Convention Handbook
Box 82
Diario de Colon (2)
Box 82
Certificates and Awards, Spain and other
Box 83
Photographs
Box 83
Certificates and Awards, Spain
Box 84
Appointment proclamation
Box 85
Oversize Printed Materials (one folder)

Two items: a commemorative publication for John Fitzgerald Kennedy, November, 1963, and a French fashion magazine, 1963.

Box 85
Oversize Clippings ( 1963-1982 and n.d.)

Roughly 50 items on various subjects. Includes Spanish and Danish periodical clippings and newspaper clippings. Other English-language items refer to the Kennedy family in Spain, and Lynda Johnson's trip to Spain. One lengthier article on radical feminists interviews Josephine Biddle Duke, student activist at Columbia in 1969, and apparently a member of the Duke family.

Box 85
AB Duke photographs (3 folders)
Box 86
Miscellaneous
Box 87

Accession (2009-0257) (0.6 lin. ft.; 5 items; dated 1961-1980) consists of 4 "For the Record" books of speeches and other public remarks given by Duke during his time as Chief of Protocol (1961-1964) and as ambassador to Spain (1965-1967). Also includes a photo album souvenir of his official visit to the Allied Forces of Southern Europe in Naples in 1980.

Photo album: Visit to Allied Forces of Southern Europe, Naples, 1980
Box 1
Chief of Protocol, 1961-1964 (1 volume)
Box 1
U.S. Ambassador to Spain, 1965-1967 (3 volumes)
Box 1

Historical Note

DateEvent(s)
1915Born in New York City, Nov. 30. Son of Angier Buchanan and Cordelia (Biddle) Duke
1934-1937Attended Yale University
1937Married first wife, Priscilla St. George. Had one son by her, Angier Pony St. George Duke (b. 1938)
1939Divorced Priscilla St. George
1940Married Margaret Screven White
1940-1945Served from private to major in U. S. Army
1945Officer in charge of Air Transport Command, Paris section
1945-1948President, Duke International Corporation, NYC
1949Appointed to U.S. Foreign Service
1949Appointed to post in American Embassy, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1951Special Assistant to Ambassador, American embassy, Madrid, Spain
1952Divorced Margaret Screven White
1952Married Maria-Luisa de Aranha, Dec. 11. Had two children by her: Maria Luisa (Marylou) Biddle Duke (b. 1954) and Dario Drexel Duke (b. 1957)
1952-1953U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador (youngest ambassador in US at 36 years old)
1954-1960President, International Rescue Commission
1955-1961Commissioner, Long Island State Park
1957Received LL. D., Iona College
1958-1960V.P. of CARE
1961Maria-Luisa killed in airplane crash, Queens, NY, on her way to her daughter's birthday party
1961-1965Chief of protocol, Dept. of State, Kennedy and Johnson administrations
1962Married Robin Chandler Lynn, May 12. Had one son by her, Angier Biddle Duke, Jr. (b. 1963)
1965-1968Ambassador to Spain.
1968Chief of protocol, Dept. of State
1968-1969Ambassador to Denmark
1969LL. D., Duke University
1973-1976Commissioner of Civic Affairs and Public Events, NYC
1974-1995Director, Appeal of Conscience Foundation
1976-1977Chairman, NYC Democratic Committee
1977-1979President, The Spanish Institute, NYC (chairman, 1983-1987)
1978-1979Chairman, NY State Council on Ethnic Affairs
President, Nat'l. Committee on American Foreign Policy, Inc.
1979-1981Ambassador to Morocco
1981-1990Trustee, Long Island University
1981-1986Chairman, U.S.-Japan Foundation, NYC
1981-1995Chairman, World Affairs Council, Long Island
1986-1990Chancellor, Long Island University, Southampton Campus
1988-1995Chairman, Duke Family Association of NC
1992-1995President, Council of American Ambassadors
1995Died, Southampton, Long Island

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], The Angier Biddle Duke Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The papers of Angier Biddle Duke, Chief of Protocol and ambassador to Spain and Denmark under the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, were initially assembled in 1973. Continued donations through 1995 brought the collection to its present size and scope.

Processing Information

Processed by: Paula Jeannet; with the assistance of: Claude Fernandez, Julia Herron, and Jean Kaluk.

Completed January 10, 1997

Encoded by Paula Jeannet

Finding aid updated because of an addition by Alice Poffinberger, 5 February 2009

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.