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  • Title: Elbridge Durbrow papers
    Date (inclusive): 1926-1996
    Collection Number: 85026
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 71 manuscript boxes (28.4 Linear Feet)
    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.
    Creator: Durbrow, Elbridge, 1903-1997
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1985.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Elbridge Durbrow papers,1938-1996, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    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.

    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

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

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