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MS Am 1687-1687.9

Grew, Joseph C. (Joseph Clark), 1880-1965. Joseph Clark Grew papers: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Am 1687-1687.9
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Grew, Joseph C. (Joseph Clark), 1880-1965.
Title: Joseph Clark Grew papers
Date(s): 1904-1948
Quantity: 34 linear feet (120 volumes, 39 boxes)
Abstract: Papers of United States diplomat and author, Joseph Clark Grew.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*52M-1 (1-7). Gift of Hon. Joseph C. Grew, 2840 Woodland Drive, Washington 8, D.C.; received: 1952 July.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Joseph Clark Grew Papers (MS Am 1687-1687.9). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Clark Grew (1880-1965) was a diplomat, U.S. ambassador to Japan, undersecretary of state, and author. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Edward Sturgis Grew, a wool merchant, and Annie Crawford Clark. He attended Groton School (1892-1898) and Harvard College (A.B. 1902). In 1905 he married Alice de Vermandois Perry and they eventually had four daughters.
He was a career diplomat holding the following posts: attached to the U.S. embassies in Egypt, Mexico, Russia, Germany, and Austria (1904-1916); secretary-general to the U.S. delegation at the Paris Peace Conference; minister to Denmark (1920) and to Switzerland (1921-1923); negotiator at the Lausanne Conference on Near Eastern Affairs (1922-1923); under secretary of state (1924-1927, 1944-1945); ambassador to Turkey (1927-1932) and to Japan (1932-1941); special assistant to secretary of state Cordell Hull (1942); and director of the Office of Far Eastern Affairs (1944). In retirement he remained active on national boards and commissions.
Some of Grew's better know writings are: Sport and travel in the Far East (1910), Ten years in Japan (1944), and Turbulent era (1952).


Arranged into ten series:

Scope and Contents

Contains letters, diaries, speeches, essays, transcripts of conversations, photographs, and clippings that cover Grew's entire diplomatic career. Included are minutes; correspondence and memos of the American Commission to Negotiate Peace, 1918-1919; Grew's official report to Roosevelt upon his return to the U.S. from Japan, 1942; and a typescript of his book, Ten Years in Japan. "Letters," by far the largest series, are to family members and friends from his various posts overseas, as well as to many professional associates. Two volumes of letters for 1939 were destroyed by enemy action after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Container List

Index for MS Am 1687.3 (1)

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