20.464 new on WWW: diplomatic history in the Library of Congress Online Collection

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 11:21:30 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 20, No. 464.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 11:15:36 +0000
         From: "Laura Gottesman" <lgot_at_loc.gov>
         Subject: Library of Congress Online Collection: diplomatic history

A new online collection of interviews with some of the most prominent
diplomats of the 20th century is now available from the Library of
Congress's American Memory Web site: <
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html >.

"Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of
the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training" <
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/diplomacy/ > presents a
window into the lives of American diplomats. Transcripts of
interviews with U.S. diplomatic personnel capture their experiences,
motivations, critiques, personal analyses and private thoughts. These
elements are crucial to understanding the full story of the creation
of a structure of stable relationships that maintained world peace
and protected U.S. interests and values.

Most of the interviews in the collection come from foreign service
officers, but there also are some with political appointees and other
officials. While some 1920s-, 1930s-, and World War II-era diplomacy
is covered, most of the interviews involve post-World War II
diplomacy, from the late 1940s to the 1990s.

This collection captures the post-World War II period in vivid terms
and intimate detail, documenting the way U.S. diplomacy defended the
United States and its interests in a challenging world. The
narratives span the major diplomatic crises and issues that faced the
United States during the second half of the 20th century and, as new
interviews are added, will include developments in the 21st century.
The 1,301 transcripts of oral history interviews were donated by the
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, a private, nonprofit

The collection includes extensive personal recollections from
luminaries of American 20th century diplomatic history, including
Alfred "Roy" Atherton (ambassador to Egypt), Zbigniew Brzezinski
(national security adviser under President Carter), Frank Carlucci
(ambassador to Portugal under Presidents Nixon and Ford; also served
as secretary of defense under President Reagan), Julia Child (spouse
of foreign service officer Paul Cushing Child), Lawrence Eagleburger
(secretary of state under President George H.W. Bush), Averell
Harriman (ambassador to the Soviet Union and England under President
Franklin Roosevelt), Jeane Kirkpatrick (ambassador to the United
Nations), Winston Lord (played a critical role in opening relations
with China under President Nixon), Clare Boothe Luce (ambassador to
Italy under President Eisenhower), Douglas MacArthur II (nephew of
Gen. Douglas MacArthur and ambassador to Japan, Belgium, Austria and
Iran), Charles H. Percy (senator from Illinois), Roza!
   nne Ridgway (ambassador to Finland and East Germany), Dean Rusk
(secretary of state under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson), John S.
Service (foreign service officer specializing in China before World
War II), Cyrus Vance (secretary of state under President Carter) and
Marion Post Wolcott (photographer, married to USAID official Lee Wolcott).

The full text of the official press release is available at: <
http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2007/07-029.html >.

For further information please contact the Library's Manuscript Division:
< http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-mss2.html >.


Laura Gottesman
Digital Reference Team
The Library of Congress
< http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ >
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