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An Inventory of the Elbridge Durbrow papers, 1926-1996
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  • Accruals
  • Related Materials
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: Elbridge Durbrow papers,
    Dates: 1926-1996
    Collection Number: 85026
    Creator: Durbrow, Elbridge, 1903-1997
    Collection Size: 71 manuscript boxes (28.4 linear feet)
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: In English, French, Russian, and Polish
    Abstract: The collection documents the U.S. Foreign Service career and post-retirement of Elbridge Durbrow relating to the spread of communism, U.S. foreign policy and world politics following World War II, represented in the form of correspondence, clippings, interview transcripts, speeches and writings, press summaries, other printed material, and memorabilia. Consisting largely of Durbrow's writings, research materials, and correspondence, the collection reflects Durbrow's vast subject knowledge and expertise in foreign affairs.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives


    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], Elbridge Durbrow papers,1938-1996, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1985.


    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.

    Related Materials

    Elbridge Durbrow Oral History, Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University Libraries
    Oral History Interviews, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
    Lyndon Baines Johnson Oral History Collection, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

    Biographical Note

    September 21, 1903 Born, San Francisco, California
    1926 Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Yale University
    1927-1929 Graduate studies at Stanford University and L'Académie de Droit International de la Haye; diploma in Sciences Politiques, École Libre des Sciences and Politiques
    1930-1934 U.S. Vice-Consul, Warsaw, Poland and Bucharest, Romania
    1934-1937 U.S. Vice-Consul, Moscow, U.S.S.R., The United States' first mission to the U.S.S.R.
    1937-1939 U.S. Consul in Naples, Italy
    1939-1940 Postgraduate work, University of Chicago
    1940-1944 U.S. Consul, Rome, Italy, and Lisbon, Portugal
    1944 Member of the U.S. delegation at the Bretton Wood Conference
    1944-1946 Chief of the Eastern European Division, State Department
    1946-1948 U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission, Moscow, U.S.S.R.
    1948-1950 U.S. Deputy for Foreign Affairs and instructor, National War College
    1950-1952 Division of Foreign Service Personnel, U.S. State Department
    1952-1954 U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission, Rome, Italy
    1955-1957 U.S. Minister and Consul General, Singapore
    1957-1961 U.S. Minister and Consul General, Singapore
    1961-1965 Alternate permanent representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Council in Paris, France
    1965-1968 Advisor to the commander of the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
    1968 Retired from the State Department
    1971 Director, Center for International Strategic Studies and the Freedom Studies
    1976 Chairman, American Foreign Policy Institute
    1977 President, Security and Intelligence Fund
    May 16, 1997 Died, Walnut Creek, California

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The majority of the collection focuses on the materials used by Durbrow in the research for his writings, speeches, and lectures on foreign affairs before and after retirement. The main themes in his work relate to the spread of and adherence to communism throughout the world after World War II, and the United States' policies and relations with the Soviet Union. Excerpts from various books, articles and essays on the subjects of communism, the Soviet Union and the Cold War used by Durbrow in his research can also be found throughout the collection.
    The papers include notes, outlines, drafts, and final versions of Durbrow's writings, speeches, and lectures. The bulk of the material dates from after Durbrow's retirement from the U.S. Foreign Service, when he became involved in foreign policy and national security think tanks, continuously researching, writing, and lecturing on foreign affairs.
    Throughout the collection there are notes related to research topics, lectures, speeches, and writings, along with annotations on most clippings. In addition there are transcripts of radio and television interviews given by Durbrow; along with interviews for oral history projects at Columbia University, Lyndon Baines Johnson Oral History Collection and the Harry S. Truman Library.
    Accompanying these materials is correspondence pertaining to Durbrow's writings, research, and personal matters. In particular, there is correspondence with prominent figures of the time: George Kennan, Clare Booth Luce, Walter Cronkite, William F. Buckley Jr., Ronald Reagan, and Spiro Agnew.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Security and Intelligence Foundation.
    United States--Dept. of State.
    Soviet Union--Economic conditions.
    Soviet Union--Foreign relations--United States.
    United States--Foreign relations--Soviet Union.
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
    World politics--1945-1989.