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MS Am 1549

Dresel, Ellis Loring,1865-1925. Ellis Loring Dresel papers, 1879-1926: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1549
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Dresel, Ellis Loring,1865-1925.
Title: Ellis Loring Dresel papers,
Date(s): 1879-1926 (inclusive),1916-1922 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 collection (12 (6 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, military and economic reports of American lawyer and diplomat Ellis Loring Dresel.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of Mrs. F. Stanton Cawley, 30 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge 38, Mass.; received: 1958 December.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Ellis Loring Dresel Papers, 1879-1926 (MS Am 1549). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Dresel was an American lawyer and diplomat. He was attaché to the U.S. embassy in Berlin in charge of relations between British prisoners of war and the German government (1915-1917); settled the affairs of the U.S. embassy in Vienna after the U.S. entry into the war; worked with the American Legation, its War Trade Board, and the American Red Cross in Berne, Switzerland (1917-1918); headed the political information section of the Paris Peace Conference (1919), for which he made two inspection tours of Germany; and was U.S. commissioner to Germany (1919-1921) with a title change to chargé d'affaires (1921-1922) when relations were normalized. He signed the formal peace treaty in 1921 and returned to the U.S. in 1922.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Scope and Contents

Chiefly contains correspondence during Dresel's diplomatic service in Europe during and after World War I. Major correspondents include William Richards Castle, Joseph Clark Grew, Hugh Gibson, Henry Remsen Whitehouse, Henry Cabot Lodge, Boylston A. Beal, Geoffrey Drage, André L. Picard, and Allen Welsh Dulles. Also includes correspondence of the American Red Cross, the War Trade Board in Berne, and the U.S. State Department; correspondence and statements of accounts of the U.S. Embassy in Vienna and the U.S. Bureau of Accounts; military and economic reports; photographs; and miscellaneous material.

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