Manuscript Collections - Pat M. Holt Papers


PAT M. HOLT PAPERS, 1956-1984
4 linear feet, 5 linear inches (10 manuscript boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

Pat M. Holt was born on September 5, 1920 in Gatesville, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1940 and got his master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism. Holt began a career in journalism until he was drafted into the Army in 1943. He then studied Japanese at Georgetown University and worked translating Japanese radio intercepts. After his discharge in 1946, he continued working in journalism until family friend, Senator Tom Connally of Texas, hired Holt as a staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1950. In 1958 Holt was placed in charge of Latin American affairs. After Vice-President Nixon’s visit to Venezuela in 1958 and the revolution in Cuba in 1959, the Latin American Subcommittee commissioned a study. In 1973 Holt was appointed chief of staff of the Foreign Relations Committee, and he remained in this position until retiring in 1977. Pat Holt passed away in 2007.

The collection documents Pat M. Holt’s career with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and was donated by Holt in 1994. 

OUTGOING LETTERS were written by Holt from 1959 to 1976 and are arranged chronologically.

COUNTRY FILES contain reports of the political situation in Latin American countries for the Foreign Relations Committee. There are also trip materials, book reviews and newspaper clippings. The materials date from 1964 to1984 and are arranged alphabetically by country.

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND CONFERENCES FILES primarily contain reports on or by various groups concerned with Latin American issues between 1962 and 1987. There is also correspondence, conference papers and articles.

The PROFESSIONAL FILES contain correspondence, interviews and reports between 1956 and 1984. The series includes Holt’s summary of a Foreign Relations Committee meeting with President-elect Carter and an interview with Holt which discusses the early years of US involvement in Vietnam.


Related materials can be found in the Bourke Hickenlooper papers. Hickenlooper chaired the American Republics Affairs Subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee during the 1960s.



Box Contents

Outgoing letters, 1959-Mar 1963 (10 folders)


Outgoing letters, Apr 1963-1965 (8 folders)


Outgoing letters, 1966-June 1968 (10 folders)


Outgoing letters, July 1968-Sep 1970 (8 folders)


Outgoing letters, Oct 1970-1972 (9 folders)


Outgoing letters, 1973-Mar 1975 (9 folders)


Outgoing letters, Apr 1975-1976 (7 folders)



Argentina, 1965, 1972

General, 1965-1969
Report Leaked, 1969-1970


General, 1964
Holt Trip, 1964

British Honduras, 1966
Central America, 1981-1984
Chile, 1965, 1970-1972 (2 folders)



Reports, 1963-1964, 1973, undated
Book Reviews, 1965-1970

Costa Rica, 1966

Reports, 1961-1963, 1966, 1971, 1974
Holt Trip, 1974
Holt Trip – Clippings, 1974

Dominican Republic, 1966, 1971
Ecuador, 1969
El Salvador, 1966
Guatemala, 1966, 1971
Haiti, 1966
Honduras, 1966
Jamaica, 1966
Latin America

Report, 1960
Holt Trip, 1964-1965

Mexico, 1967, 1972
Nicaragua, 1966
Panama, 1969
Paraguay, 1965
Peru, 1969
South America, 1960
Southwest Pacific, 1976
Uruguay, 1965
Venezuela, 1973
Withdrawn reports – Bolivia, Haiti, Panama


Air Force Academy Assembly. The United States and the Caribbean. Final Report, 1971
Alliance for Progress - Reports, 1965, 1967-1968

Brookings Institution

Correspondence, 1966
The Uses and Abuses of Legislatures in Developing Countries by Dankwart A. Rustow, 1966

Central American Common Market, 1966
Council on Foreign Relations

Correspondence, 1963
Discussion Group on the Role of the American Ambassador, 1963-1965


Study Group on the Cuban Revolution and Latin America

Digests of Discussion, 1962-1963
Guatemala: Prime Candidate for Castro –Communism, Jan 14, 1963
Mexico and Castroism, Jan 14, 1963
A Policy for Countering Castro-Communism, June 11, 1963
Russia and the Castro Revolution, Nov 15, 1962
Some Reflections on Cuban Policy in the Western Hemisphere, Nov 15, 1962
Venezuela, Touchstone of the Alliance of Progress, Feb 14, 1963

Inter-American Development Bank, 1965
Inter-American Economic and Social Council, 1964-65
International Communication Agency, 1979-80
Latin American Parliamentary Congress, 1964-65
National Bipartisan Commission on Central America

General, 1983-84
Report, Jan 1984
State Department Report on the Situation in El Salvador, Jan 16, 1984

National Defense University
                     General, 1987
                     The Power of the Purse: Controlling National Security Policy by Conditional
                              Appropriations by Robert F. Turner, Nov 20, 1987
            Private Foreign Investment Conference, 1970-1973
            Berrellez-Gerrity Trials, 1978 (CIA coaching testimony by ITT staff)
            Carter, Jimmy – Meeting report, Jan 12, 1977
10        Correspondence, 1967-1974 (7 folders)
            Foreign Relations Committee - Staff, 1971-1977
            Oral Histories
                     Kennedy Library Oral History Project, 1964-1965
                     Senate Historical Office Oral History Interviews, 1980
                              Photograph, background and index
                              Interview 1. Years in Journalism, Sep 9, 1980
                              Interview 2. Tom Connally and the Foreign Relations Committee,
                                       Sep 18, 1980
                              Interview 3. George, Dulles, and Eisenhower, Sep 29, 1980
                              Interview 4. Latin America Specialist, Oct 17, 1980
                              Interview 5. Fulbright and the Bay of Pigs, Oct 27, 1980
                              Interview 6. The Dominican Republic and Gulf of Tonkin Affairs, Nov 10, 1980
                              Interview 7. Vietnam and Chile, Nov 19, 1980
                              Interview 8. The End of the Fulbright Years, Dec 4, 1980
                              Interview 9. Chief of Staff, Dec 12, 1980
            S.S. Mayaguez reports, 1976
            Technical Assistance in South America, Oct 1, 1956
            Trip to China, 1976
            Vietnam interview of Holt by William Gibbons, 1978, 1984 (includes 2 cassette tapes)