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Charles Montgomery Hathaway, Jr. Papers
Bernath Mss 9  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Materials

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Charles Montgomery Hathaway, Jr. Papers
    Dates: 1895-1939
    Collection Number: Bernath Mss 9
    Creator: Hathaway, Charles Montgomery
    Collection Size: 7 linear feet (5 cartons; 1 oversize box; 2 map folders)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Physical Location: Boxes 1-5 (SRLF); Box 6 (Annex 2); Map Folders (Map Cabinet 20/5).
    Abstract: The collection includes calendars or lists for dispatches and reports from Ireland and Germany, depositions and proceedings from the Dail Funds Suit, documents and official dispatches, correspondence, clippings and notes from both Ireland and Germany, and financial statements and reports on trade with Ireland.
    Language: English.

    Access Restrictions

    Majority of collection is stored off-site; advance notice required for retrieval. Collection contains confidential material that was declassified by the State Department in 1962. See Head of UCSB Special Collections for further details.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Charles Montgomery Hathaway, Jr. Papers. Bernath Mss 9. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchase, 1962.


    Charles Montgomery Hathaway, Jr., was born in Deposit, New York, on March 31, 1874, and received his B.A. (1899), M.A. (1901) and Ph.D. (1902) degrees from Yale. Hathaway was a Ben Jonson scholar and author of a critical edition of Jonson's The Alchemist, Yale Studies in English, vol. 17 (New York: H. Holt, 1903). He taught English at Adelphi College (1902-1903) and Columbia University (1903-1905), and was an Instructor in English and law at the U.S. Naval Academy (1905-1911), before his first diplomatic appointment as Consul in the Dominican Republic in 1911. His Irish experience began with an assignment as Consul in Cork on May 22, 1917, and except for brief terms in Budapest and Bombay, between 1919 and 1921, he remained in Ireland, principally at Dublin, until 1927. He was transferred to Munich on July 27, 1927, where he served as Consul until his retirement in 1939. On his return to the United States, Hathaway lived in Santa Barbara, California until his death in 1954.
    A more extensive account of Hathaway's career and a description of some of the collection's highlights can be found in Christian Brun, "The Papers of Charles M. Hathaway: A Diplomat's Experience in Ireland and Germany," [UCSB Library] Soundings (Nov. 1970): 17-29.

    Scope and Content of Collection


    The Charles Montgomery Hathaway, Jr., Papers are divided into the following series:
    General. Contains calendars or lists for dispatches and reports from Ireland, ca. 1917-1927, and Germany, 1930-1938.
    Dail Funds Suit [Irish Free State, Provisional Government of Ireland, et al, Plaintiffs, against Guaranty Safe Deposit Company, Central Union Safe Deposit Company, et al. Defendants]. Includes depositions, proceedings, and other court records, ca. 1923-1924.
    Documents. The largest series in the collection, which includes material relating both to Ireland and Germany, in the form of Official Dispatches, Weekly Summary of Events, Monthly Reports, Reports, and Miscellaneous Documents. Of particular note is Hathaway's April 13, 1932 report on "The Economic and Social Ideas of the National-Socialistic Movement of Adolf Hitler," and his August 5, 1933 dispatch to Ambassador William E. Dodd, on his "Visit to Dachau Concentration Camp," in which he describes the prisoners and conditions at that camp.
    Correspondence. Primarily outgoing, 1918-1938.
    Ephemera, relating both to Ireland and Germany. Mainly clippings, notes, and printed documents and pamphlets. Included is a copy of "The Jews in Nazi Germany: The Factual Record of Their Persecution by the National Socialists" (New York: The American Jewish Committee, 1933).
    Oversize. Includes financial statements and reports on trade with Ireland, some apparently related to the Dail Funds Suit.
    Newspapers. Irish, ca. 1922-1925, and German, ca. 1928-1933.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Hathaway, Charles Montgomery -- Archives.
    Consuls -- United States.
    Consular reports -- United States.

    Related Materials

    The Hathaway Collection, purchased by UCSB in 1962, not only contained his diplomatic papers, but a number of printed Ben Jonson items, including some early editions. These have been cataloged separately and are housed in the UCSB Department of Special Collections.