Manuscript Collections - Hugh R. Wilson Papers

2022

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HUGH R. WILSON PAPERS, 1923-1940
1 linear foot, 9 linear inches (4 LGA-S boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Hugh R. Wilson was born in 1885 at Evanston, Illinois, graduated from Yale University in 1906, and married Katharine Bogle in 1914. Wilson served in numerous positions for the Foreign Service from 1911 to 1941, with notable postings in Berlin and Tokyo before serving as the Ambassador to Germany from 1938 to 1939. From 1927 to 1933 Wilson was a representative at a number of conferences concerned with the limitation of armaments. Wilson died in 1946.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The papers primarily contain correspondence with state department staff and diplomats from 1923 to 1940 and are arranged alphabetically by name. The collection also contains Wilson’s diaries for 1938 and 1940, speeches, an essay on an earthquake in Japan, and drafts of two books written by Hugh R. Wilson, Jr. about his father. There is a subject index to the papers.

RELATED MATERIALS
The published book, A Career Diplomat, The Third Chapter: The Third Reich is in the library
E183.8 .G3 W52

Folder List

Box Contents

1

Ackerman, Ernest R., 1926
Advisory Committee on Problems of Foreign Relations, 1940
Akerson, Garnet G. Jr., 1940
Aloisi, Pompeo, 1936
Armour, Norman, 1924‑1932
Atherton, Ray, 1935
Baruch, Bernard M., 1938
Belin, F. Lammot, 1932‑1939
Berle, Adolf Jr., 1938
Bernstorff, Count von, 1938
Biddle, Anthony J. Drexel, Jr., 1938
Bliss, Robert Woods, 1925
Bovet, E., 1927‑1936
Bowers, Claude G., 1934‑1937
Bowman, Isaiah, 1940
Bullitt, William, 1933‑1939
Burnett, Charles, 1926
Caffery, Jefferson, 1924
Capper, Arthur, 1927
Carr, Wilbur J., 1926‑1938
Carroll, Joe, 1924‑1926
Castle, William R., Jr., 1927‑1939
Chase, Stuart, 1940
Coolidge, Calvin, 1924
Crosby, Sheldon, 1924
Davis, James J., 1926
Davis, Norman, 1932‑1940
Day, Franklin, 1935
Deneen, Charles S., 1927
Dolbeare, Fred, 1924‑1939
Donovan, William, 1928
Drage, Geoffrey, 1925‑1940
Duggan, Lawrence, 1938
Dulles, Allen W., 1927‑1937
Dunn, James C., 1935‑1937
Eden, Anthony, 1936‑1937

2

Farley, James A., 1937‑1938
Funk, Reichsminister, 1938
Geist, Raymond, 1938‑1939
Gibson, Hugh, 1923‑1938
Gilbert, Prentiss, 1937‑1939
Goering, Hermann, 1938
Green, Joseph C., 1932‑1938
Greene, Winthrop, 1938
Grew, Joseph C., 1924‑1940 (2 folders)
Haggard, Godfrey, 1938
Hanna, Margaret, 1938
Heath, Donald R., 1938‑1939
Henderson, Nevil, 1939‑1940
Herter, Christian, 1927‑1938
Hoover, Herbert, 1928‑1938
Hornbeck, Stanley, 1933‑1934
Hughes, Charles Evans, 1924
Hull, Cordell, 1933‑1940

3

Johnson, Hallett, 1937
Johnson, Louis, 1937
Kellogg, Frank B., 1927‑1931
Kelly, Edward J., 1937
Kennedy, Joseph, 1938
Kirk, Alexander, 1935‑1940
Klieforth, A. W., 1939
LaFollette, Philip, 1938
Lane, Arthur Bliss, 1938
Leahy, William D., 1940
Ley, Robert, 1938
Lipski, Ambassador (Polish), 1938
Long, Breckinridge, 1936‑1940
McCormick, Robert, 1939
MacMurray, John, 1924‑1938
Mackensen, George von, 1938
Madariaga, Salvador de, 1936
Magruder, John, 1937
Massigli, Rene, 1936‑1937
Mastny, Vojtech, 1938 (Czech Minister)
Mayer, Fred, 1939
Meister, F. W. von, 1938
Messersmith, George, 1938
Milch, General
Mills, Edward S., 1937
Moffat, Pierrepont, 1924‑1940
Moore, R. Walton, 1938
Morgenthau, Henry, Jr., 1938
Morris, David H., 1936
Murray, Wallace, 1938
Neurath, Baron Konstantin von, 1938
Newson, H. Dorsey, 1925
Offie, Carmel, 1938
Pasvolsky, Leo, 1940
Phillips, William, 1937
Reed, David, 1927‑1930
Reed, Stanley and Winifred E., 1937‑1938
Reynolds, R. W., 1939
Ribbentrop, Joachim von, 1938
Roosevelt, Franklin D., 1938‑1940
Rublee, George, 1938
Saltonstall, Leverett, 1939
Sayre, Francis B., 1938
Schoenfeld, J. F. Arthur, 1924
Seymour, Charles, 1939
Shotwell, James T., 1936
Simonds, Frank, 1934
Smith, Truman, 1938‑1939
Sterling, F. A., 1924
Stimson, Henry L., 1932
Strang, William, 1936
Straus, Jesse L., 1936
Stuart, R. Douglas, 1940
Sweetser, Arthur, 1937
Taylor, Myron, 1938‑1939
Titulesco, 1936
Tuck, S. Pinckney, 1925
Villard, Oswald G., 1938
Warren, Lee P., 1938
Weizsaecker, Baron von    1938
Welles, Sumner    1936‑1940

4

Wiley, John, 1924‑1938
Wilson, Edwin, 1936
Wilson, Hugh R., 1938

Biographical summary
Diaries, 1938, 1940 (2 folders)
Memoranda, 1924-1939
Speeches, undated

Wilson, Katharine – Essay on Japanese earthquake, 1923
Wilson, Hugh R., Jr., 1935‑1936
Wright, J. Butler, 1924‑1938
Miscellaneous essay fragments
Book Drafts ‑ Hugh R. Wilson, Jr.

Drafts and Notes
A Career Diplomat (2 folders)
For Want of a Nail

INDEX
ANSCHLUSS: See:

Kennedy, Joseph
Moffat, Pierrepont
Wiley, John

ARMS, manufacture and embargo: See:

Castle, Wm. R.
Green, Joseph C.
Hull, Cordell

AUSTRALIA: See: Moffat, Pierrepont
AUSTRIA: See:

Kennedy, Joseph
Mackersen, George von
Moffat, Pierrepont
Wiley, John

Benes, Eduard: See: Moffat, Pierrepont
BERLE, ADOLF: See also: Advisory Committee on Problems of Foreign Relations
Bernstorff, Count von: See also: Gilbert, Prentiss
BINGHAM, ROBERT W.: See:  Hull, Cordell
BRAZIL: See:  Duggan, Laurence
Bullitt, William: See also: Kirk, Alexander
1928 CAMPAIGN: See:  Donovan, William
CHAMBERLAIN, NEVILLE: See:

Kennedy, Joseph
Lipski, Ambassador
Moffat, Pierrepont

CHINA: See:

MacMurray, John
Sweetser, Arthur
Wilson, Hugh R. ‑ Memoranda

CHURCHILL, WINSTON: See:  Kennedy, Joseph
CZECHOSLOVAKIA: See:

Carr, Wilbur J.
Hull, Cordell
Johnson, Hallett
Kennedy, Joseph
Mastny, Vojtech
Moffat, Pierrepont
Weizsaecker, Baron von

Davis, Norman: See also: Welles, Sumner
DISARMAMENT CONFERENCE 1933: See:

Dulles, Allen W.
Hull, Cordell

Dolbeare, Fred: See also: Hull, Cordell
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: See:  Welles, Sumner
Dunn, James C.: See also: Wilson, Edwin
Eden, Anthony: See also:

Atherton, Ray
Hull, Cordell
Moffat, Pierrepont

EMBARGOES: See:

Castle, William R., Jr.
Green, Joseph C.
Hull, Cordell

ENGLAND: See:

Atherton, Ray
Henderson, Nevil
Kennedy, Joseph
Massigli, Rene
Moffat, Pierrepont
Strang, William

ESTONIA: See:  Stuart, R. Douglas
ETHIOPIA: See:

Green, Joseph C.
Hull, Cordell
Madariaga, Salvador de
Massigli, Rene
Moffat, Pierrepont
Strang, William
Wilson, Hugh R., Jr.

FINLAND: See:

Advisory Committee on Problems of Foreign Relations
Moffat, Pierrepont

GENEVA CONFERENCE, 1927: See: Kellogg, Frank B.
GENEVA CONFERENCE, 1932: See: Stimson, Henry L.
GENEVA CONFERENCE, 1937: See: Welles, Sumner
GENEVA DISARMAMENT CONFERENCE, 1935:See: Atherton, Ray
GERARD, JAMES: See: Villard, Oswald G.
GERMANY: See:

Duggan, Lawrence
Geist, Raymond
Gilbert, Prentiss
Green, Joseph C.
Heath, Donald R.
Henderson, Nevil
Hull, Cordell
Johnson, Hallett
Kennedy, Joseph
Kirk, Alexander
Klieforth, A. W.
Lipski, Ambassador
Long, Breckinridge
Mackersen, George von
Massigli, Rene
Mastny, Vojtech
Messersmith, George
Moffat, Pierrepont
Murray, Wallace
Neurath, Konstantin von
Ribbentrop, Joachim von
Roosevelt, Franklin D.
Rublee, George
Sayre, Francis B.
Smith, Truman
Stuart, R. Douglas
Titulesco
Weizaecker, Baron von
Wiley, John
Wilson, Hugh R. ‑ Memoranda
Wilson, Hugh R. ‑ Speeches

Gibson, Hugh: See also:

Hull, Cordell
Kellogg, Frank B.
Mills, Edward S.

Goering, Hermann: See also: Moffat, Pierrepont
GREECE: See:  Aghnides, Thanassis
HAITI: See: Mayer, Fred
HELIUM: See:

Green, Joseph C.
Meister, F. W. von
Welles, Sumner

HERRICK, MYRON T.: See: Villard, Oswald G.
HESS, RUDOLF: See: MacMurray, John
HITLER, ADOLF: See:

Hull, Cordell
Kirk, Alexander
Moffat, Pierrepont

HOARE, SAMUEL: See: Hull, Cordell
HOOVER INSTITUTION: See: Herter, Christian
Hughes, Charles Evans: See also: Wright, J. Butler
Hull, Cordell: See also:

Advisory Committee on Problems of Foreign Relations
Castle, William R., Jr.

HUNGARY: See:

Ackerson, Garnet G.
Bowman, Isaiah
Weizsaecker, Baron von
Wiley, John

HUXLEY, JULIAN: See:  Advisory Committee on Problems of Foreign Relations
ICKES, HAROLD: See: Green, Joseph C.
INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE on refugees: See:

Taylor, Myron
Wilson, Hugh R. ‑ Memoranda

ITALY: See:

Aloisi, Pompeo
Green, Joseph C.
Hull, Cordell
Kennedy, Joseph
Lipski, Ambassador
Long, Breckinridge
Madariaga, Salvador de
Moffat, Pierrepont
Strang, William
Straus, Jesse L.
Titulesco
Wilson, Hugh R., Jr.

JAPAN: See:

Armour, Norman
Burnett, Charles
Castle, William R., Jr.
Grew, Joseph C.
Hull, Cordell
MacMurray, John
Moore, R. Walton
Sweetser, Arthur
Wilson, Hugh R. ‑ Memoranda
Wilson, Hugh R. ‑ Speeches
Wilson, Katharine

JEWS,  JEWISH EMIGRATION, REFUGEES: See:

Bullitt, William, 2‑2‑36
Geist, Raymond, 12‑5‑38
Hull, Cordell, 7‑30‑38
Moffat, Pierrepont, 8‑26‑38
Rublee, George, Oct 5, 14 and Nov 9,10,12, 1938
Sayre, Francis B., Nov 10, 14, 1938
Taylor, Myron, July 24, 27 1938; 7‑10‑39
Wiley, John, 6‑22‑38

Kirk, Alexander: See also: Hull, Cordell
LABOR – Comparative International Wages: See: Davis, James J.
LINDBERGH, CHARLES: See:

Goering, Herman
Bullitt, William

LITHUANIA: See: Mackersen, George von
LONGMANS, GREEN, AND COMPANY: See:  Mills, Edward S.
Mackensen, George von: See also: Ribbentrop, Joachim von
Madariaga, Salvador de: See also: Bullitt, William
MANCHURIA: See:

Grew, Joseph C.
Hornbeck, Stanley
Hull, Cordell
Sweetser, Arthur

MANN, HENRY: See:  Advisory Committee on Problems of Foreign Relations
Morgenthaw, Henry, Jr., See also: Welles, Sumner
MUNICH AGREEMENT: See:

Hull, Cordell
Moffat, Pierrepont

MUSSOLINI: See:

Hull, Cordell
Moffat, Pierrepont

NAVAL TALKS, NAVAL PACT: See:

Davis, Norman
Day, Franklin
Grew, Joseph C.
Massigli, Rene

NEUTRALITY, U. S.: See:

Davis, Norman
Dulles, Allen W.
Dunn, James C.
Shotwell, James T.
Simonds, Frank
Wilson, Hugh R., Jr.

PAGE, WALTER HINES: See: Villard, Oswald G..
PARIS PEACE CONFERENCE: See: Baruch, Bernard M.
Pasvolsky, Leo: See also: Advisory Committee on Problems of Foreign Relations
PERMANENT COURT OF INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE: See:  Kellogg, Frank B.
POLAND: See:

Belin, F. Lammot
Biddle, Anthony J. Drexel, Jr.
Hull, Cordell
Johnson, Hallett
Lipski, Ambassador
Mackensen, George von
Smith, Truman

Ribbentrop, Joachim von: See also: Moffat, Pierrepont
ROGERS ACT (professionalization of foreign service): See:

Armour, Norman
Caffery, Jefferson
Castle, William R., Jr.
Crosby, Sheldon
Dalbeare, Fred
Gibson, Hugh
Grew, Joseph C.
Hughes, Charles Evans
MacMurray, John
Moffat, Pierrepont
Newson, H. Dorsey
Schoenferd, J. F. Arthur
Sterling, F. A.
Wiley, John
Wilson, Hugh R. ‑ Memoranda
Wilson, Hugh R., Jr.
Wright, J. Butler

Roosevelt, Franklin D.: See also:

Castle, William R., Jr.
Davis, Norman
Hornbeck, Stanley

RUSSIA: See:

Green, Joseph C.
McMurray, John
Moffat, Pierrepont

SANCTIONS: See:

Davis, Norman
Dulles, Allen W.
Eden, Anthony
Green, Joseph C.
Hull, Cordell
Long, Breckinridge
Madariaga, Salvador de
Strang, William
Titulesco
Wilson, Hugh R., Jr.

SCHUSCHNIGG, KURT VON: See:

Hull, Cordell
Wiley, John

SENATE MILITARY COMMITTEE – 1939: See: Wilson, Hugh R. ‑Memoranda
SUEDETENLAND: See:

Hull, Cordell
Weizsaecker, Baron von

SEYSS‑INQUART, ARTUR: See: Wiley, John
SPAIN: See:  Bowers, Claude G.
SWITZERLAND: See:

Magruder, John
Wilson, Hugh R. ‑Speeches

TARIFF, U. S.: See:  Welles, Sumner
TURKEY: See:

Carroll, Joe
Grew, Joseph C.
MacMurray, John

VERSAILLES PEACE CONFERENCE: See:  Baruch, Bernard M.
Weizsaecker, Baron von: See also: Kirk, Alexander
Welles, Sumner: See also:

Advisory Committee on Problems of Foreign Relations
Hull, Cordell

WILSON, WOODROW: See: Villard, Oswald G.
WORLD WAR I DEBTS: See: Taylor, Myron
YUGOSLAVIA: See: Lane, Arthur Bliss
ZEPPELINS: See:

Green, Joseph C.
Meister, F. W. von
Welles, Sumner

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