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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Will Clayton Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1896-1990
    Collection number: 88015
    Creator: Clayton, Will (William Lockhart), 1880-1966
    Extent: 18 manuscript boxes, 1 envelope (7.9 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Correspondence, interview transcripts, speeches and writings, memoranda, notes, printed matter, and photographs, relating to post-World War II American foreign policy, especially formulation of the Marshall Plan, international trade policy, and Atlantic unity; the cotton industry; and family affairs. Includes original family correspondence, especially between Will Clayton and his fiancee Susan Vaughan, 1897-1902; copies of State Department documents and other papers; and papers of Ellen Garwood, daughter and biographer of Will Clayton, relating to her father.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open.
    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], Will Clayton papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1988.


    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 Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Access Points

    United States--Foreign relations--1945-1989
    United States--Foreign relations--1945-1953
    Economic assistance, American--Europe
    United States--Foreign relations--Europe
    Europe--Foreign relations--United States
    Cotton trade--United States
    United States. Dept. of State
    United States--Foreign relations
    Reconstruction (1939-1951)--Europe
    Statesmen--United States


    1880 Feb. 7 Born, Tupelo, Mississippi
    1902 Aug. 14 Married Susan Vaughan
    1904 Co-founder, Anderson, Clayton & Co., Houston, Texas
    1918 Member, Committee on Cotton Distribution, War Industries Board
    1940-1942 Vice-President, Export-Import Bank
    1942-1944 Assistant Secretary of Commerce
    1944 Administrator, Surplus War Property Administration
    1944-1945 Assistant Secretary of State
    1945-1947 Undersecretary of State for Economic Affairs
    1947 Head, U.S. Delegation, United Nations Conference on Trade and Employment, Havana, Cuba
    1946-1949 Alternate Governor, World Bank
    1949-1961 Vice President, Atlantic Union Committee
    1950 Author, We Must Trade Sovereignty for Freedom
    1951-1954 Member, National Security Training Commission
    1955 Author, The Road to Peace
    1958 Author, What Price Oil?
    1958 Author, We Are Losing the Cold War
    1960 Chairman, National Committee on Campaign Contributions and Expenditures
    1960- Board of Governors, Atlantic Institute
    1961 Co-Chairman, U.S. Citizens Commission on NATO
    1966 Feb. 9 Died, Houston, Texas