American History/20th Century

Examples of papers in our collections include the Adlai E. Stevenson Papers, Allen Dulles Papers, John Foster Dulles Papers, American Civil Liberties Unions Records, Bernard Baruch Papers, Council on Foreign Relations Records, David E. Lilienthal Papers and more.

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Collections with Divisional Holdings

  • Frank Augustus Scott Papers

    Consists of papers of Scott relating, for the most part, to his positions as chairman of the General Munitions Board during World War I, co-founder and chairman of the War Industries Board (1917), chief of the Cleveland Ordnance District (1924-1928), and adviser to the Army Industrial College (1925). Included are speeches by Scott and others, correspondence (1912-1954) including letters from Newton D. Baker, Palmer E. Pierce, and Bernard M. Baruch, reports, minutes of meetings, journal notes, printed matter, clippings, and photographs of army officers and friends.

  • Project on Ethnic Relations Records

    Consists of paper and digital reports and records of consultations, meetings, roundtables and discussions and preparations for them, and correspondence with leaders of political parties and representatives of governments and international organizations. Some of the records are in the form of published reports that summarize the positions of the disputants and interlocutors and the substance of their debates, providing a detailed picture of the nature of their claims and counterclaims and changes over time.

  • Hugh C. Wallace Papers

    Consists of correspondence primarily of Wallace, former member of the Democratic National Committee in 1916, relating to the campaign and reelection of president Woodrow Wilson. As Wallace was appointed American ambassador to France in 1919, there is also correspondence concerning the signing of the peace treaty of Versailles and the Supreme Council and Conference of Ambassadors in Paris. Also included is correspondence with Robert Underwood Johnson and William Colby, as well as a memorandum, concerning E.M.House.

  • Woodrow Wilson Collection

    The Woodrow Wilson Collection consists of Wilson holdings which have been acquired by the Princeton University Library Department of Special Collections gradually over many years by purchase and gifts from many sources. The collection is rich in material prior to Wilson's presidential years, although it is not limited to this period; researchers will find materials documenting both the public and private life of Woodrow Wilson.

  • Arthur Garfield Hays Papers

    Consists of correspondence, case files, speeches, articles, books, news clippings, and photographs which document Hays's career as a New York City lawyer and general counsel for the ACLU beginning in 1920. Case files comprise the single largest series of this collection and include correspondence, court papers, legal briefs, and other items related to particular court cases in which Hays was a participant.

  • Charles W. Yost Papers

    Yost's papers document his professional life in the Foreign Service, as well as his time in academia, and include his correspondence, writings, and photographs. The papers document Yost's service as ambassador to the United Nations, as well as his work in Europe and Asia in several diplomatic posts, notably in Laos and the Middle East.Please see the series descriptions in the contents list for additional information about individual series.

  • Julian L. Street Papers on Theodore Roosevelt

    Street's papers on Theodore Roosevelt are composed of correspondence, the majority being letters from Roosevelt to Street, as well as copies of articles, clippings, and other related materials which Street collected and prepared for a book of manuscript materials documenting his association with Roosevelt.

  • Francis Martin Ellis notes on Japan

    Contains notes of Ellis (Princeton Class of 1945) entitled \Notes on the Present Political Situation\ in Japan, covering June 28 to August 10, 1946, during the period in which he served as a translator and interpreter of Japanese, and \Proceedings of the Japanese Diet,\ May 31 to Sept. 7, 1946, which he summarized and translated into English.

  • Political Cartoon Collection

    This artificial collection consists of one thousand original drawings, including
    a significant number by Charles Lewis Bartholomew, Otho Cushing, Homer C.
    Davenport, John Tinney McCutcheon, and Frank Arthur Nankivell. Other artists
    that are well represented include Louis Glackens, Harold Imbrie, Udo J. Keppler,
    Norman Ritchie, and Fred O. Seibel.

  • Hugh Lenox Scott Papers

    Consists of papers of Scott relating primarily to his mission as a military member of the Special Diplomatic Commission headed by Elihu Root, which was sent to Russia by Woodrow Wilson in 1917 to encourage the Russian people to continue participation in World War I and to assure them of American aid.

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