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MS Am 1407

Moffat, Jay Pierrepont, 1896-1943. Jay Pierrepont Moffat diplomatic papers, 1917-1943: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Am 1407
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Moffat, Jay Pierrepont, 1896-1943.
Title: Jay Pierrepont Moffat diplomatic papers,
Date(s): 1917-1943.
Quantity: 1 collection (42 volumes and 7 boxes (10.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of American diplomat and State Department official Jay Pierrepont Moffat.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

55M-181. Gift of his father-in-law, Joseph C. Grew; received: 1956.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Any proposed publication based on the papers must be submitted to the Curator of Manuscripts and may be submitted for clearance to Historical Division, State Department.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Jay Pierrepont Moffat Diplomatic Papers, 1917-1943 (MS Am 1407). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Moffat was a U.S. diplomat and State Department official. He was private secretary to the U.S. minister to the Netherlands (1917-1919); secretary of the American legation in Poland (1919-1921), Japan (1921-1923), and Turkey (1923-1925); protocol officer at the White House (1925-1927); secretary of the American legation to Switzerland (1927-1931) where he became an expert on disarmament; chief of the Western European Division of the State Dept. (1932-1935); consul general in Sydney, Australia (1935-1937); chief of the new Division of European Affairs at the State Dept. (1937-1940); and U.S. minister to Canada (1940-1943).


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Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection is Moffat's diplomatic journals and volumes of correspondence, 1922-1942, and memoranda, 1931-1942, documenting his career. The journals give a detailed picture of his work in the Hague, Warsaw, Berne, Washington D.C., Sydney, and Ottawa. One volume is on Turkish history. Also contains speeches, condolences, clippings, and other papers.

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