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Inventory of the Paul B. Ryan papers
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  • Title: Paul B. Ryan papers
    Date (inclusive): 1850-1987
    Date (bulk): 1940-1985
    Collection Number: 78010
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 56 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder (22.8 linear feet)
    Abstract: The papers of Paul B. Ryan, an American historian and retired United States Navy Captain, consist of clippings, reports, studies, other printed matter, notes, correspondence, writings, speeches, and photographs relating to Ryan's research on the 1978 Panama Canal treaty, the development of the United States Navy since World War II, the Iran hostage crisis, and Ryan himself.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Ryan, Paul B.


    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], Paul B. Ryan papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1978, with increments received from 1979 to 1988.


    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.

    Biographical Note

    Paul B. Ryan, 1913-1987, was a captain in the United States Navy, a historian, and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He received a BS from the US Naval Academy in 1936, a master's degree in international relations from Stanford University, and a master's degree in history from San Jose State University. His time in the Navy included combat in World War II, three commands at sea, two tours of duty at the Pentagon, and service as US Naval Attaché for the US embassies in Havana, Cuba and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He also served as Deputy Director of Naval History in the Department of the Navy from 1969-1972. As a Hoover scholar and historian he published multiple books, including The Panama Canal Controversy: U.S. Diplomacy and Defense Interests (1977), First Line of Defense: The U.S. Navy Since 1945 (1981), and The Iranian Rescue Mission: Why It Failed (1985). In 1987 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Navy League of the United States for his writings on naval history.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Paul B. Ryan papers consist of clippings, reports, studies, other printed matter, notes, correspondence, and writings broadly related to the Panama Canal and the 1978 Canal Treaty, the United States Navy post-World War II, the Iran hostage crisis, and Ryan himself.
    Ryan organized and labeled his research materials based on subject, and from these six series were created, which were then further subdivided by topic; as a result, related materials are not necessarily located together. The Biographical File includes personal files, reports, and educational documents related to Ryan. Correspondence is organized chronologically and by topic. The Panama Canal Controversy Research Materials File, the First Line of Defense Research Materials File, and The Iranian Rescue Mission Research Materials File include materials gathered for use by Ryan when writing his books, as well as his notes. Finally, the Photographs file includes photographs and negatives largely related to the US Navy, as well as some related to the Panama Canal and the Iran hostage crisis.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United States. Navy.
    Panama Canal.
    Panama--Foreign relations--United States.
    United States--Foreign relations--Panama.
    United States--Military policy.