FERDINAND L. MAYER PAPERS, 1926-1978
Ferdinand Lathrop Mayer began working for the Foreign Service in 1916. He was a delegate to the 1921 Conference on Limitation of Armament held in Washington, and served a number of posts during the 1920s including Peking. Mayer was an advisor at the 1933 Disarmament Conference held in Geneva, Counsel of the Berlin Embassy from 1935 to 1937 when he was appointed Ambassador to Haiti, and resigned in 1940. He served in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. After the war he wrote for Barron’s and the Bennington Banner. Some of his letters on foreign policy were published in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Mayer was active in Republican politics, supporting Robert Taft in 1952 and Barry Goldwater in 1964. He assisted in speechwriting for John Foster Dulles.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The materials held by the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library consist of copies of selected files from his papers which reflect his long standing interest and participation in American foreign policy and diplomacy.
While an advisor in the Geneva Disarmament talks, Mr. Mayer recorded many of the details of what he saw and heard in "daily reports." Written as informal information letters to the State Department in Washington, these reports provide an inside view of the negotiations taking place. Mr. Mayer's correspondence with diplomats James C. Dunn and Hugh R. Wilson gives additional insight into the activities of American diplomats in Europe during the increasingly tense 1930's. Mr. Mayer's service with the O. S. S. during World War II is reflected in two folders of documents and memoranda.
Mayer’s correspondence with Ben Tate and David Ingalls document his support for Taft.
The Mayer papers are a rich source of documentation to the student of American diplomacy of the 1930's and of post‑war American Republican politics.
1 Barron's, 1951-1952, and undated (Felix Morley, 3 folders)
3 Grew, Joseph C., 1945
4 Tate, Ben E., 1952-1964 (2 folders)