Register of the John A. Dolan papers

Finding aid prepared by Alexandra Kelly
Hoover Institution Library and Archives
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Title: John A. Dolan papers
Date (inclusive): 1919-1923
Collection Number: 56021
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: Multiple languages
Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes (0.8 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, reports, and minutes relating to Allied administration of occupied territories, relief operations, labor relations, enforcement of laws and ordinances, and complaints made against Allied occupation troops in the Rhineland.
Creator: Dolan, John A.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


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Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1956.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John A. Dolan papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Biographical Note

John A. Dolan supervised the Child Feeding Relief Efforts in Germany following World War I. He continued his stay in Koblenz, occupying the position of District Executive for the American Department of the Inter-Allied Rhineland High Commission from 1920 to 1922, at which time the operations were transferred from the Americans to the French.

Scope and Content of Collection

The John A. Dolan papers are comprised of printed matter, correspondence, personnel papers, meeting minutes, reports, and ordinances regarding the post-World War I Inter-Allied Rhineland High Commission. The commission was established to assist post-war Germany in its recovery and to supervise the activies of the country.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Military government
Germany -- History -- Allied occupation, 1918-1930
Rhineland (Germany)
Inter-Allied Rhineland High Commission


American Friends Service Committee File 1920-1923

Language of Material: English.

Scope and Contents

The American Friends Service Committee began its work in the early 1920s and worked to feed hundreds of German children in various cities following World War I. The series is comprised of correspondence, memoranda and statistical reports relating to the committee's relief work.
box 1, folder 1

Correspondence 1920-1923

box 1, folder 2

Reports circa 1920


The Board of Conciliation File, 1920-1922

Scope and Contents

The Board of Conciliation was appointed by the Inter-Allied Rhineland High Commission to arbitrate disputes. The series is composed of meeting minutes, correspondence, and reports.
box 1, folder 3

Brohltal railroad 1922 April

box 1, folder 4

Koblenz street car strike 1920-1921

box 1, folder 5

Concordia Hutte 1922 March

box 1, folder 6

Correspondence 1920-1923

Language of Material: English.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence discussing official business, occupied territories, drivers licenses, and thanks for service. Correspondants include: John A. Dolan, the German Commissioner for the Occupied Rhineland Territories, the President of the Inter-allied Rhineland High Commission, the Secretary of State, Dr. Brandt, and Henry T. Allen.
box 1, folder 7

Crimes committed by soldiers, 1919-1922

Language of Material: English.
box 1, folder 8

Financial records, 1920-1922

Scope and Contents

Financial information pertaining to the aftermath of World War I, including costs of war, reparations determined at the Paris Conference and the Cannes Conference, fluctuations of the German mark, and costs of the Inter-Allied Rhineland High Commission.
box 1, folder 9-11

Intelligence Committee meetings c. 1920

Scope and Contents

Contains meeting minutes, correspondence, memoranda, reports, and draft ordinances.
box 2, folder 1-3

Intelligence Committee meetings c. 1920

box 2, folder 4

Meeting minutes, circa 1920

Language of Material: Multiple languages.

Scope and Contents

Discussing issues such as strikes, distribution of materials, and wages.
box 2, folder 5

Ordinances circa 1920

Language of Material: English.
box 2, folder 6

Personnel papers circa 1920

Language of Material: English.

Scope and Contents

Documents about Inter-Allied Rhineland High Commission employees, including recommendation letters, thanks for service, short biographies, statements of grief, and an address to the Graduating Class of General and Commercial School A.F.G.
box 2, folder 7

Printed matter 1920-1923

Language of Material: English.
box 2, folder 8

Reports 1921-1923

Language of Material: English.

Scope and Contents

Includes brief descriptions of the Commission and its purposes, explanations of representative duties, monthly reports, and information regarding the ongoings of occupied territories.


Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence and map regarding the A.R.A - US Navy communcation system in Europe.
box 2, folder 9

2016 May release of records 1922