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Title: Hugh Gibson papers
Date (inclusive): 1900-1983
Collection Number: 56000
Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material:
137 manuscript boxes, 27 oversize boxes, 22 envelopes, 1 phonorecord, memorabilia
(92.4 linear feet)
Diaries, writings, correspondence, reports, minutes of meetings, photographs, and printed matter relating to American foreign
relations, international disarmament, the League of Nations, and relief work in Europe during World Wars I and II. Diaries
from 1918 also available on microfilm (1 reel). Food mission diaries of 1946 and 1947 are also available at
Hoover Institution Archives
Gibson, Hugh, 1883-1954.
The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
[Identification of item], Hugh Gibson papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1956, with additional increments in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
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
https://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.
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List of items from the collection transferred to the Hoover Library:
All bound publications of the League of Nations regarding various disarmament conferences
Conference on the Limitation of Armament - Subcommittees, Washington, D.C., 1921-1922
Testament Politique du Cardinal Duc de Richelieu, Henri Desbordes, Amsterdam, 5th edition, 1696
Le Temps Present, nos. 1-36 (not inclusive), 1914-1915
La Vie Universelle, no. 2
La Petite Illustration, 1921 March 3
American Experiments in Disarmament and the London Conference of 1930, by William I. Hull, Committee on Peace and Service of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends, 12 p., 1929
Cost of Armaments, by William H. Gardiner, Navy League of the United States, 8 p., 1930 January 7
The Covenant of the League of Nations with a Commentary thereon, London: Majesty's Stationery Office, 19 p., 1921
Covenant of the League of Nations with Annex (French/English)
Final Protocol of the Locarno Conference (and annexes), together with Treaties between France and Poland, and France and Czechoslovakia, London: Majesty's Stationery Office, 1925
Fleet (the British Empire and Foreign Countries), London: Majesty's Stationery Office, 95 p., 1929
Investigation of Communist Propaganda, Report no. 2290, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., 1931 January 17
Limitation and Reduction of Naval Armament, Treaty between the United States of America and Other Powers, Treaty Series, no. 830, Washington, D.C., 37 p., 1931
London Naval Conference, speeches and press statements by members of the American delegation, State Department Publication, Washington, D.C., 67 p.,
London Naval Treaty of 1930, State Department Publication, Washington, D.C., 23 p., 1930
Memorandum ... of the Optional Clause of the Statute of the Permanent Court of International Justice, London: Majesty's Stationery Office, 13 p., 1929
Organisation et programme des cours, Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques, Paris, 141 p., 1906-1907
Papers regarding the Limitation of Naval Armaments, London: Majesty's Stationery Office, 46 p., 1928
Parity in Naval Strength, by William H. Gardiner, Navy League of the United States, 12 p., 1930 January 11
Peace Treaty of Trianon, Society of Hungarian Lawyers, Budapest, 39 p., 1931
Photographic History of the Bolshevik Atrocities, 39 p., undated
Records of the Conference for the Limitation of Naval Armament, presented by Mr. Hale, 70th Congress, 1st session, Sen. Doc. No. 55, Washington, D.C., 220 p., 1928
Report of the Preparatory Commission for the Disarmament Conference and Draft Convention, State Department Publication, Washington, D.C., 102 p., 1931
Trade and Navies, by William H. Gardiner, Navy League of the United States, Washington, D.C., 11 p., 1930 January 9
The United States and the Other American Republics, Address by Henry L. Stimson, Secretary of State, Washington, D.C., 18 p., 1931
The Year's Major Factors in the Progress of Peace, Address by Charles E. Hughes, 71st Congress, 1st session, Senate Document no. 19, Washington, D.C., 11 p., 1929
|1883 August 16
||Born, Los Angeles, California
||Attended Los Angeles Military Academy
||Attended Pomona College
||Graduated, École libre des sciences politiques, Paris
||Took the Diplomatic Service Examination
||Secretary, American Legation, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
||Second Secretary, American Embassy, London
||Private secretary to the Assistant Secretary of State, Washington
||Clerk, Department of State, Washington
||Secretary, American Legation, Havana, Cuba
||Observer, elections for Constituent Assembly of Santo Domingo
||Secretary, American Legation, Brussels; liaison between Herbert Hoover and the Belgian government for the Commission for Relief
||First Secretary, American Embassy, London
||Assigned to State Department - War Missions
||Author, <title render="italic">A Journal from Our Legation in Belgium</title>
||Aide to Lord Balfour, British Minister of Foreign Affairs, during visit to the U.S.
||Attached to Belgian War Mission during visit to the U.S.
||First Secretary, American Embassy, Paris; advisor to General Pershing
||Member, Interallied Mission to Countries of former Austro-Hungarian Empire
||Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Poland (Warsaw)
||Married Ynes Reyntiens, Brussels
||Attended Temporary Mixed Commission for the Reduction of Armaments, League of Nations, Geneva; maintained as Ambassador-at-Large,
League of Nations
||Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Switzerland (Bern)
||Vice-Chairman, American Delegation, Arms Traffic Conference, Geneva
||Chairman, American Delegation, Preparatory Commission for the Disarmament Conference, Geneva
||Delegate, Conference on Private Manufacture of Arms, Geneva
||Chairman of American delegation and conference, Conference for the Further Limitation of Naval Armaments (also called Tripartite
Naval Conference or the Three Power Conference), Geneva
||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Belgium and Envoy Extraordinary Minister Plenipotentiary to Luxemburg (Brussels)
||Doctor of Diplomacy and Political Science, Universite Catholique de Louvain
||Birth of son Michael Francis, Brussels
||Delegate, London Naval Conference
Doctor of Law, Universite Libre de Bruxelles
||Doctor of Law, Yale University
||Observer, Conference of Experts for a Moratorium on Intergovernmental Debts (also called the London Conference or the International
Conference of Ministers), London
||Acting Chairman, American Delegation, General Disarmament Conference, Geneva
||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
||American Representative, Mediatory Group to end the Chaco War between Bolivia and Paraguay; delegate, Chaco Peace Conference,
||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Belgium and Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Luxemburg
||Retired from foreign service
||Author, <title render="italic">Belgium: The Country and Its People</title>
||Vice-President, Belgian American Educational Foundation; Chairman, A.R.A. Association
||Escaped from France during German occupation
||European representative for the National Committee on Food for Small Democracies
||Director General for Europe of the Commission for Polish Relief and the Commission for Relief in Belgium
The Problems of Lasting Peace (with Herbert Hoover)
The Road to Foreign Policy
The Basis of Lasting Peace (with Herbert Hoover)
||Member, Herbert Hoover Food Mission (Herbert Hoover, Chairman)
||Member, Investigatory Committee for postwar German economic policies
||Death of Ynes R. Gibson
||Director, Provisional Intergovernmental Commission on Movements of Migrants from Europe (ICEM)
|1954 December 12
||Died, Geneva, Switzerland
Scope and Contents note
The Hugh Gibson papers consist of diaries, writings, correspondence, reports, minutes of meetings, photographs, and printed
matter relating to American foreign relations, international disarmament, the League of Nations, and relief work in Europe
during World Wars I and II. Gibson's diaries of 1918 are also available on microfilm, and his food mission diaries of 1946
and 1947 are available at
The first increment was acquired in 2013 (boxes 153-155) and is comprised of family correspondence and an address book. The
bulk of the correspondence is letters sent to Ynes Gibson and maintains the original arrangement of the creator.
The second increment (boxes 156-157) was acquired in 2014 and is comprised of correspondence, Ynes Gibson's diaries, photographs,
and news clippings, speeches, and correspondence regarding Gibson's death.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
League of Nations.
Belgium--Foreign relations--United States.
Brazil--Foreign relations--United States.
Poland--Foreign relations--United States.
Switzerland--Foreign relations--United States.
United States--Foreign relations--Belgium.
United States--Foreign relations--Brazil.
United States--Foreign relations--Poland.
United States--Foreign relations--Switzerland.
World War, 1914-1918--Civilian relief.
World War, 1939-1945--Civilian relief.