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Inventory of the William J. Donovan Memorial Foundation records
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  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: William J. Donovan Memorial Foundation records
    Date (inclusive): 1918-2002
    Date (bulk): 1980-2002
    Collection Number: 2002C69
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 51 manuscript boxes, memorabilia (21.3 linear feet)
    Abstract: Minutes, meeting materials, correspondence, financial records, printed matter, and memorabilia relating to efforts to promote the legacy of the United States Office of Strategic Services.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: William J. Donovan Memorial Foundation.


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], William J. Donovan Memorial Foundation records, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2002.


    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 online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Historical Note

    The William J. Donovan Foundation, a private American nonprofit organization, was created in the early 1980s with the goal of promoting the life and legacy of Donovan, the head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the American intelligence agency active during World War II. The Foundation’s membership and Board of Directors met annually.
    The Foundation awarded a William J. Donovan Medal to notable persons who were seen to embody the values of Donovan. It also sought to establish a fellowship in Donovan’s name that would be given to students in foreign affairs. The Foundation ceased operations in the late 1990s.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The William J. Donovan Memorial Foundation records contain minutes of meetings, reports, and financial records that detail the work of the organization. The mainstay of the group was Geoffrey Jones, whose extensive correspondence with members and others is a major part of the records.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United States. Office of Strategic Services.
    Secret service--United States.
    World War, 1939-1945--Secret service.
    Donovan, William J. (William Joseph), 1883-1959.