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  • Title: Eliot Grinnell Mears papers
    Date (inclusive): 1910-1944
    Collection Number: 25004
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize boxes (4.55 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, reports, and photographs relating to economic conditions in the Balkans and Near East, to American commerce with Turkey, and to the American war economy during World War II.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Mears, Eliot Grinnell, 1889-1946.


    Collection is open for research.
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    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Eliot Grinnell Mears papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1925.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the library catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    Eliot Grinnell Mears was born in 1889 in Worcester, Massachusetts. He attended Harvard College, receiving his BA in 1910 and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1912. From 1916 to 1920 Mears worked for the United States Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, serving as the Chief of the Foreign Service Division, the American Trade Commissioner in the Near East, and the US Trade Commissioner in Turkey. During this time, he operated primarily out of Constantinople and Athens and focused on capital flow in the defeated Ottoman Empire, particularly the Mediterranean and the Balkans. In 1921, Mears came to Stanford University as a professor of geography and international trade, working at the Stanford Graduate School of Business when it was established in 1925 and remaining in that position until his death. He also served as the director of the Hoover Library on War, Revolution, and Peace starting in 1924. Mears died from a heart attack in 1946 while on sabbatical from the University.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Eliot Grinnell Mears papers consist of correspondence, reports, and photographs relating to economic conditions in the Balkans and Near East, to American commerce with Turkey, and to the American war economy during World War II.
    The papers consist chiefly of memoranda, reports, and correspondence regarding trade in the defeated Ottoman Empire during Mears’ tenure as US Trade Commissioner in Constantinople from 1919 to 1920. Some documents are in Arabic or French, particularly those that deal with Turkish production and consumption of raw material. Others address the flow of capital and resources in the Mediterranean and the Balkans. Included in the first two boxes is a collection of photographs from Mears’ years in Turkey.
    Also of note is a collection of War Department training posters that were given to Mears by the US Naval Training Division. The 770 posters depict cartoon characters as naval mechanics and anti-submarine flight crews during World War II. They were designed to be displayed on ships to encourage discipline and enhance job performance.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United States. Navy Dept. Training Division.
    Balkan Peninsula--Economic conditions.
    Middle East--Economic conditions.
    Turkey--Commerce--United States.
    United States--Commerce--Turkey.
    World War, 1939-1945--Economic aspects.
    World War, 1939-1945--United States.