Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs Manuscript Collections

Papers of diplomats and foreign service personnel and of eyewitness observers of political events in other countries. This topic is a subcategory of the Government category. Additional subcategories under the Government category include Missouri Governors, United States Representatives, and United States Senators.

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Americans for Israel and Torah (AMIT) Collection, 1930-2007, (K0875)
17 folders
AMIT educates and cares for Israel's youth, including the most vulnerable children in Israel. Organizational records for the Kansas City, Missouri Nitzanim chapter of the Mizrachi Women's Organization of America and its evolution into the Americans for Israel and Torah (AMIT) organization. Includes reports, manuals, newspaper clippings, programs, newsletters, booklets and pamphlets, correspondence and speeches, banners, and photographs.


Berkley, Eliot S. (1924-2012) Papers, ca.1935-2007, (K0103)
12 cubic feet
Personal papers and family of Eliot Berkley, PhD, who founded the International Relations Council (IRC).

Berry-Thomson-Walker Family, Papers, 1830-1893 (C0074)
0.2 linear feet
Biography of David Thomson, founder of Georgetown and Sedalia, MO; correspondence of his son, Milton T. Thomson, in Pettis County and California gold fields; James T. Walker and Charles W.C. Walker in Boonville, KY, and North Carolina; William and Thomas Berry's California gold mining expense accounts; and miscellaneous papers.

Blake, Maxwell (1877-1959), Papers, 1910-1944 (C0075)
0.2 linear feet
Correspondence, clippings, periodicals, speeches, State Department reports, and other government documents related to the career and duty stations of Maxwell Blake, a Foreign Service officer from 1906 to 1941.

Brandt, Raymond P. (1896-1974), Papers, 1917-1974, (C0850)
2 linear feet, 5 audio cassettes
The papers of Raymond Brandt contain correspondence, newspaper articles, interviews, notes, financial accounts, audio cassettes and photographs of a Sedalia, Missouri, man who was a Washington, D.C. correspondent for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 1923 to 1967. Brandt wrote on politics, economics, and the Soviet Union, which he visited five times.

Browne, James Raymond, Papers, 1919-1966, (C3479)
0.7 linear feet
Manuscript by an American lawyer who lived in the Orient. Correspondence pertaining to Browne's estate. Articles written by Browne's brother-in-law, Henry Kinyon.


Clay, Green, Journal, 1861-1862, (C0955)
4 folders, photostats
Green Clay, a member of the U.S. foreign service, served as secretary of legations in St. Petersburg and later in London. His journal primarily contains description of various places in Russia and England. Clay also refers to "Lincoln's fratricidal war" and gives a lengthy description of Czar Alexander II.

Crittenden, Thomas Theodore (1832-1909), Letter, 1897, (C1929)
1 folder
The collection contains a letter to E.E. Blake, El Reno, OK T., from Mexico City, Mar.30, 1897, asking procedure for securing the rights of Americans.

Crittenden, Thomas Theodore (1832-1909), Papers, 1880-1950, (C0087)
0.4 linear feet
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and papers of Thomas T. Crittenden, governor of Missouri, 1881-1885, and U.S. consul general in Mexico City, 1893-1897. Letter book kept while he was consul general in Mexico.

Crow, Carl (1883-1945), Papers, 1913-1945, (C0041)
5 linear feet, 6 volumes
Bills, accounts, speeches, notes, correspondence and book and article manuscripts on a wide range of subjects. Crow was a resident of China for a number of years and most of his writing was about China or related subjects. The collection includes a diary of a trip over the Burma Road, the diary of a Japanese soldier, and notes and articles on the Japanese opium trade.

Crowder, Enoch H. (1859-1932), Papers, 1884-1942 (C1046)
27 linear feet
Correspondence and other papers of judge advocate general who administered Selective Service in World War I, served as ambassador to Cuba, and, after his retirement from public life, advised sugar interests.


Davis, Blevins Papers, (K0031)
35 cubic feet (24 scrapbooks)
The Blevins Davis Papers contains research materials, scripts, plays, photographs, printed materials, correspondence, scrapbooks, and memorabilia of Davis, an internationally prominent playwright and producer.

Deane Jr., Hugh Gordon (1916-2001) Papers, 1936-1998, (K0617)
3 cubic feet
Personal papers of journalist, author, and co-founder of the US-China Peoples Friendship Association. Includes correspondence, research notes, publications, conference transcripts, an FBI file on Indusco, manuscripts (published and unpublished), clippings, and a military map drawn by Zhou Enlai.

Dearing, Fred Morris (1879-1963), Papers, 1897-1961, (C2926)
22.4 linear feet
Memoirs, editorial notes, news clippings, personal and general correspondence, bills, and receipts, original poetry, essays, short stories, and a collection of annotated books of a career diplomat.

Dye, Russell Vincent (1907-1979) Family Papers, 1850-1980, (K0225)
2 cubic feet
Correspondence, photographs, business records and other material of the Dye family of Liberty, MO including Alexander V. Dye, U.S. diplomat in Europe and Mexico during and following World War I; his wife Ida Miller; daughter, Margaret Louise (Luisita); but mostly son Russell, a would-be inventor, entrepreneur.


Fedeli, Jerome (1844-1902) Papers, ca. 1875-1902, (K0742)
1 cubic foot
Sketches, pen and ink, most colored, of designs for murals and interior decorations by Fedeli, noted artist. Also photographs of Fedeli's work or copies of artwork used for study; various news articles about him; diplomas, certificates, his marriage record, business cards, and a list of correspondence made when Fedeli was the Italian Consul in Kansas City; and the sash and belt from his Consul uniform.

Fetté, Franklin Russell (1916-1998), Papers, 1945-1950, (C0754)
5 folders
Correspondence of managing director of the Fetté Rug Company. Information on Fetté, Communist takeover of China, and inflation in that country.

Finlayson, Gladys (1888-1971) Letters, 1926-1966, (K0486)
20 folders
Letters written to Mariska Pugsley Marker from her childhood tutor, Finlayson, an Englishwoman residing in China.


Garibaldi-Clay, Letters, 1866-1867, (C2418)
6 folders
The papers contain correspondence of Giuseppe Garibaldi and Green Clay, secretary of the American legation in Florence, Italy, concerning Garibaldi's claim to protection as an American citizen following his arrest by the Italian government, his escape from Caprera, and Clay's report on a visit with him after his defeat at Mantena.

Gibson, Charles, Scrapbooks, 1852-1899, (C4282)
2 oversize volumes
The papers of Charles Gibson contain two scrapbooks that cover the travels and career of St. Louis attorney, Charles Gibson. Both volumes chronicle Gibson's legal career in the late 1800s and his European travels, specifically dealing with his interactions with imperial families of Germany and Austria-Hungary. The scrapbooks include correspondence between Gibson and German nobles, documents from the German imperial family, an appointment from Abraham Lincoln, photographs of his home and of his travels abroad, and newspaper clippings from the 1890s.

Ginn, Rosemary Lucas (1912-2003 ), Papers, 1950-1985, (C3964)
6.8 linear feet
The papers of Rosemary Lucas Ginn, a Republican Committeewoman, President of the United States National Commission for UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), and Ambassador to Luxembourg, include correspondence, photographs, memoranda, newspaper clippings, and publications relating to her work with the Republican National Committee, Missouri Republican Party, and UNESCO.


Hays, Alden F., Photographs, (P0211)
5 photographs
Snapshots of the parade for Winston Churchill and Harry S. Truman's visit to Fulton, MO.


International Relations Council (IRC) Records, (K0095)
20 cubic feet
Organizational records of the Kansas City based International Relations Council which educates and advocates for understanding among nations.


Jacobson, Jason D. (1971- ) and Amy H. Jacobson (1972- ) Papers, 1945-1949, (K1006)
0.16 cubic feet
The papers contain issues of New Palestine newspaper, covering the period 1945-1949


Kilby, Abraham Lincoln, Papers, (CA2773)
0.4 linear feet
Photocopies of correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and report concerning the 1951 visit of Kilby of Vandalia, MO, to England to observe the effects of Socialism and to report his conclusions.


Lubensky, Earl H., Papers, (CA6241)
54.8 linear feet, 1 computer disc, oversize
Personal and professional papers of a soldier, diplomat, and archaeologist who was a native of Marshall, Missouri. Includes papers of the Biesemeyer family of Osage County, Missouri, and Missouri Archaeological Society materials.


Massie, Gerald R. (1911-1989), Photographs, (P0016)
0.83 linear feet
Photographs of scenes across Missouri, many taken as part of Massie's work as Missouri's state photographer. Events highlighted include Winston Churchill's visit to Fulton, Governor Hearnes' inaugural celebrations in 1965 and 1969, and the Battle of Pilot Knob Centennial commemoration in 1964. The collection includes extensive coverage of the Missouri State Capitol building. Geographically, the collection covers much of Missouri, with particular focus on tourist destinations: St. Louis, Kansas City, Hannibal, Ste. Genevieve, and the Ozarks.

McLorn, Olive Gilbreath, Papers, 1915-1934, (C3477)
0.8 linear feet
Letters to Olive Gilbreath from William L. Cazalet, a British businessman living in Russia. Primarily love letters but also include impressions of World War I, the Russian Revolution, and British refugees from Russia.


Parry, Duke Needham, Papers (C2227)
2 cubic feet (115 folders, 20 oversize items, 1 oversize box)
The papers of a journalist from Kansas City who worked for a variety of news organizations in Tokyo, Japan, from 1920-1925 and broke the story of the 1923 Tokyo earthquake in American newspapers. The collection includes documents, ephemera, clippings, and photographs from Parry’s time at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, from his World War I service, from his work in Japan, including images documenting the earthquake, and some materials from his work in advertising. His father’s publication of a children’s reader, “When Daddy was a Boy,” is also documented.

Powell, John Benjamin (1886-1947), Papers, 1910-1952, (C3662)
2.9 linear feet
The papers of a journalist include correspondence, literary works, printed material, pho-tographs, and a scrapbook. Drafts for My Twenty-Five Years in China and Powell's articles (1941-1947) predominate. Information on China, Japan, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Central Asia, India, Philippine Islands, World War II, and the Washington Conference.


Rosholt, Malcolm Leviatt (1907-2005) Papers, 1930-1990 (K0389)
1 cubic foot
The papers of noted journalist Malcolm Leviatt Rosholt include research notes and writings by Rosholt on China and the Far East.

Rostov, Myra Belzer, Papers, (K1097)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder, 1 photograph)
The collection contains one photograph of the Executive Committee of the Jewish National Workers Alliance Branch #95.


Schaberg Family, Papers, 1894-1974, (C3665)
3 linear feet
The personal and professional papers of Benjamin F. Schaberg, Sr., who worked as an engineer on the Panama Canal, St. Louis sewer projects, World War II army post construction, and Missouri Public Service Commission studies, includes family correspondence between Schaberg and his wife, sisters, and sons. Ben Jr. and John George Schaberg were in China during and after the 1937 Japanese invasion.

Scott, James W. (1926-1995) Papers, ca. 1930-2007, (K0554)
4.5 cubic feet
Correspondence, paperwork, political cartoons, various notes and booklets written and/or collected by Scott, reporter, editor, and later vice president of the Kansas City Star Company.

Speaker Services for the United Nations Records, ca. 1959-1976, (K0792)
14 cubic feet
Organizational records of a speakers' bureau which promoted the United Nations and international exchange of ideas by bringing noted diplomats and other outstanding speakers to Kansas City. Includes correspondence, research materials, public relations files, and printed material.

Sussman, Leonard R., Papers, (CA6221)
8.3 cubic feet, 107 audio cassettes, 2 audio discs, 2 CDs, 15 video cassettes
Papers of a journalist and author who served as executive director (1967-1988) of Freedom House, an independent, nongovernmental organization devoted to strengthening free institutions worldwide. Includes articles, clippings, correspondence, diaries, publications, and recordings of interviews and radio and television appearances.


US-China Peoples Friendship Association-Midwest Region Records, 1978-2012, (K0608)
10 cubic feet
Organizational records including correspondence, newsletters, minutes, membership applications and lists, newspaper clippings, and books and magazines concerning the US and China. Also includes educational motion picture film and video about China and the Far East.


Vaugh, Mason (1894-1978), Papers, 1928-1969, (C2639)
2 linear feet
The papers of Mason Vaugh contain correspondence and reports. Vaugh was the second person to receive a degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Missouri and for thirty-six years served as a Presbyterian lay missionary in India.

Votaw, Maurice E. (1899-1981), Papers, 1909-1978, (C3672)
55 folders
The papers of a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism primarily pertain to his years as professor of journalism at St. John's University, Shanghai, China, and adviser to the Nationalist Chinese Ministry of Information. Included are transcripts of oral interviews, correspondence, literary productions, minutes, printed materials, maps, lists, photographs, and books. Contained is information on Votaw's life; writers, missionaries, political and military leaders, and events in China (1922-1977); U.S. China policy; Chinese and American journalism and newspapers; Shanghai Short Story Club; and St. John's University and University of Missouri School of Journalism.


Warren, Susan (1919-1989) Papers, 1943-1989, (K0508)
5 cubic feet
Personal correspondence, research materials, lecture notes, photographs, audiotapes, travel materials, ephemera and journals containing Warren’s observations of China during her work as an editor and writer and her travels to China.

Williams, Clarence, Photograph Collection, (P0063)
6 photographs
3 original photos of log cabin that was the birthplace of Andrew Taylor Still, one of which shows a nearby amphitheater. 2 photos of American School of Osteopathy, established in 1892 by Andrew Taylor Still. One photo of the Churchill-Truman visit to Westminster College.

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