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MS Am 2232

Phillips, William, 1878-1968. William Phillips diaries, 1917-1947: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2232
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Phillips, William, 1878-1968.
Title: William Phillips diaries,
Date(s): 1917-1947.
Quantity: 1 collection (21 boxes, 1 volume (5.3 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Transcripts of original diaries of American diplomat William Phillips.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

55M-69. Gift of William Phillips, Highover, North Beverly, Mass.; received: 1955 October.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository, with the exception of one volume. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

William Phillips Diaries, 1917-1947 (MS Am 2232). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Phillips was an American diplomat, born in Beverly, Mass. His career included assignments with both the Foreign Service and the State Department. He was minister to the Netherlands (1920-1922), minister to Luxembourg, (1920-1922, 1924-1927), ambassador to Belgium (1924-1927), minister to Canada (1927-1929), ambassador to Italy (1936-1940), wartime ambassador to India (1942-1944), and a member of the Anglo-American Committee on Palestine (1946). He was married in 1910 to Caroline Astor Drayton.


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Scope and Contents

Transcriptions of Phillips' diaries, the originals of which were lost in the preparation of his memoirs, Ventures in Diplomacy. Also includes letters, reports, memoranda, and clippings, all related to the journals.


This collection is mostly shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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