Correspondence, dispatches, reports, diaries, certificates, and photographs relating to American foreign relations, especially
with Jordan, Bolivia and Haiti.
The Honorable Gerald Augustin Drew (1903-1970) was a career Foreign Service Officer. He graduated from the University of California,
Berkeley in 1924, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau. Drew then attended the University of Madrid and the University of
Grenoble for a year each, studying Spanish and French, respectively, in preparation for joining the Foreign Service. He entered
the Foreign Service in 1927. His first post was as vice consul in Para-Belem, at the mouth of the Amazon in Brazil; he was
stationed there from 1928-1930. Upon returning to California, he married Doris Hunter in 1931. This collection contains a
multitude of correspondence from Drew to his wife. Shortly after they married, they served in Haiti until 1934--the last three
years of the 19-year Marine occupation. During this time, they had two daughters. From Haiti, he was sent to San Jose, Costa
Rica, where a third daughter was born. In 1936, he was assigned to brief tours in each of the Central American republics in
preparation for becoming desk officer for Central America in the State Department. In 1940, Drew was transferred to Ecuador
and then to Guatemala in 1942. In 1944, he was named the first U.S. consul to liberated France. In spring of 1945, Drew was
named protocol chief for the founding conference of the United Nations. When the Conference ended, he was assigned to escort
a congressional subcommittee around liberated Europe. He then resumed his post as first secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Paris,
serving there until 1947. He was then posted to the legation in Budapest as a counselor for four months. Drew was then named
deputy U.S. delegate to the U.N. Special Committee on the Balkans (UNSCOB) to look into the Greek Civil War. By 1949, he became
the U.S. delegate. In 1950, Drew was named the first U.S. minister to Jordan and remained there until 1952, when he was assigned
to Washington as Director General of the Foreign Service. He then served as an ambassador to Bolivia from 1954-1957. He then
tranferred back to Haiti as an ambassador, where Dr. Charles Duvalier (Papa Doc) was soon to take power. In 1960, Drew returned
to Washington for the job of Inspector General of the Foreign Service. In 1961, he had a short-term assignment as U.S. member
of a five-man Organization of American States (OAS) team investigating the assassination of Dominican Republican dictatory
Rafael Trujillo. In May of 1962, Drew retired from the Foreign Service.
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