Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

George V. Allen Papers

Dates: 1944-1971

U.S. Ambassador to Iran, 1946-1948; Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, 1948-1949; U.S. Ambassador to Yugoslavia, 1949-1953.

The papers of George V. Allen concentrate primarily on the Iranian crisis of 1946 that occurred while he was serving as Ambassador to Iran. A good portion of the collection consists of an unpublished manuscript written by Allen on his diplomatic service in Iran. Also included in the collection are personal letters to Allen's family, general correspondence, an article by Allen that was posthumously published in Vox Persica (Voice of Iran) in October 1971.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: Less than one-half of one linear foot (about 450 papers).
Access: Open.
Copyright: The Truman Library has received no donation of copyright interest in the writings in this collection. Documents created by U.S. Government employees in the course of their official duties are in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents presumably belongs to the creators of these documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Erwin J. Mueller (1972).
Updated by: Tessa Li Powell (2003) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and Amy Williams.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1903 (November 3) Born George Venebale Allen in Durham, NC
1946-1948 U.S. Ambassador to Iran
1948-1949Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
1949-1953U.S. Ambassador to Yugoslavia
1953-1954U.S. Ambassador to India and Nepal; Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern, South Asian, and African Affairs
1956-1957U.S. Ambassador to Greece
1957-1960 Director, U.S. Information Agency
1970 (July 11) Died

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Many of the documents in the George V. Allen Papers are copies of original documents located in the Allen-Angier family papers in the Perkins Library at Duke University. Those documents that were not in the family papers include a typed manuscript of George Allen’s that was never published and a few pieces of correspondence.

The collection is organized into three series. The first series, the Correspondence File, contains a letter written in July 1945 in regards to the Potsdam Conference, and also correspondence between Allen and Professor Alexander George of Stanford University discussing Truman's handling of the Iran Crisis of 1946.

The second series, the Manuscript File, contains a typewritten manuscript, outlining the Iran Crisis of 1946, as well as George V. Allen's experiences during his time spent in Iran. It is divided into ten chapters and describes the society and government of Iran, and Soviet influence in the region.

The Family File, the third series, consists of a series of documents from the Allen-Angier collection at Duke University. The "Family Correspondence" folder contains letters, both written and typed, between George V. Allen and his family. The letters are mostly of a personal and familial nature, though some business is discussed (such as his impressions of the Potsdam Conference). These letters span the years 1945-1953.

The “General Correspondence” folder contains a number of letter relating to Allen and his diplomatic career. One letter is from a publisher rejecting Allen’s request for the publication of his manuscript on Iran.

The Family File also contains articles written by George V. Allen. “American Advisers in Persia” was written for the July 23, 1944 issue of the Department of State Bulletin. The Vox Persica, a publication of the Iranian Embassy in Washington, contains “Metamorphosis in Iran" (1943-1970), another Allen article.

The Speeches folder within the Family File contains a one-page statement regarding the Iranian parliament and its consideration of an oil agreement with the Soviet Union. The other two documents in this folder are summaries of speeches on Iran delivered by Allen.

Other relevant materials at the Truman Library include an oral history interview with Evan M. Wilson, who served as assistant chief of the Division of Near Eastern Affairs in the State Department, 1946-1947, and as second secretary and vice consul, and later first secretary and consul at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, March 1947-June 1949. (OH No. 259)

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1 CORRESPONDENCE FILE, 1945-1969
Letters regarding the Potsdam Conference and Truman's handling of the Iran Crisis of 1946. Arranged chronologically.
MANUSCRIPT FILE, undated
Unpublished manuscript by George V. Allen addressing his time spent in Iran and outlining the Iran Crisis of 1946. Arranged numerically by chapter.
FAMILY FILE, 1944-1971
Personal letters within George V. Allen's family; general correspondence; articles in the Vox Persica and the Department of State Bulletin, both concerning Iran and summaries of speeches. Arranged by type of matereial and thereunder chronologically, the documents in this series are copies of originals in the Allen-Angier family papers, Perkins Library, Duke University.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1

    CORRESPONDENCE FILE, 1945-1969
  • Correspondence, 1945-1969
    MANUSCRIPT FILE, undated
  • Unpublished Manuscript by George V. Allen
    • [1 of 10] Chapter I, "Mission to Iran."
      [2 of 10] Chapter II, "The Romance of Tabriz."
      [3 of 10] Chapter III, "The Shah, Qavam, and the Majlis."
      [4 of 10] Chapter IV, "The Battle for Azerbaijan."
      [5 of 10] Chapter V, "Visit to Azerbaijan and Kurdistan."
      [6 of 10] Chapter VI, "Tribal Iran."
      [7 of 10] Chapter VII, "Purging the Tudeh."
      [8 of 10] Chapter VIII, "The Soviet Oil Agreement."
      [9 of 10] Chapter IX, "Visit to India."
      [10 of 10] Chapter X, "Farewell to Tehran."
    FAMILY FILE, 1944-1971
  • Family correspondence, 1945-1953
  • General correspondence, 1945-1966
  • "American Advisers in Persia," by George V. Allen, Department of State Bulletin, July 23, 1944
  • Speeches by George V. Allen, 1947
  • Vox Persica (Voice of Persia), October 1971.

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