Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Lucius D. Battle  

Lucius D. Battle Papers

Dates: 1952-63, 1970

State Department Official 1946-55, 1964-68, including Special Assistant to the Secretary of State, 1949-53.
 
The papers of Lucius D. Battle contain most importantly forty-three letters from Dean Acheson, written between 1952 and 1963 and in 1970. The letters are primarily personal in nature, though they do contain a few comments on Republican policies and personalities in the 1950s.

See also Oral History

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: About 100 pages
Access: Open, with the exception that one letter has been closed in accordance with the provisions of the donor's deed of gift.
Copyright: Lucius D. Battle donated his copyright interest in any unpublished writings in this collection or any other collection in the possession of the United States Government to the people of the United States. Copyright interest in documents created by people other than Lucius Battle, and in particular by Dean Acheson, are presumed to remain with the writers of the documents or their heirs.
Processed by: Dennis Bilger

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1918 Born, Dawson, Georgia
1939 A.B., University of Florida
1946 LL.B., University of Florida Law School
1942-43 Associate Administrative Analyst, War Department
1946-49 Foreign Affairs Specialist, Department of State
1949-53 Special Assistant to the Secretary of State
1953-1955 First Secretary, American Embassy, Copenhagen
1956-64 Vice President, Colonial Williamsburg, Inc.
1964-67 Ambassador to the United Arab Republic
1967-68 Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs
1968 Vice President of Communications Satellite Corporation (Comsat).  
1973-75 President of the Middle East Institute  
1980 Started Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies  
1986-1990 President of the Middle East Institute  
2008 (May 13) Died, Washington, DC  

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Lucius D. Battle served as Secretary of State Dean Acheson's special assistant from 1949 to 1953 and the two men maintained a personal friendship until Acheson died in 1971. Battle's papers contain forty-three letters from Dean Acheson, written between 1952 and 1963 and in 1970. The letters are primarily personal in nature, though they do contain a few comments on Republican policies and personalities in the 1950s. The collection also contains a copy of a letter from Robert Schuman to Acheson, dated March 5, 1953; a letter from Battle to Acheson which suggests editorial changes in Acheson's forthcoming book, A Democrat Looks at His Party; and a copy of a speech by Ben Hill Brown, Jr., American Consul General to Turkey, given to the Istanbul Rotary Club on December 20, 1960. The collection is arranged in a subject file with the Acheson correspondence is placed first in the series, arranged in chronological order; the other items are filed in chronological order.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

    SUBJECT FILE, 1952-63, 1970
Box 1
    Letters to Lucius D. Battle from Dean Acheson, 1952-56
    Letters to Lucius D. Battle from Dean Acheson, 1957-63, 1970
    Letter to Lucius D. Battle from Barbara Evans, April 15, 1953, Enclosing a Copy of a Letter from Robert Schuman to Dean Acheson, March 5, 1953
    Letter to Dean Acheson, August 26, 1955
    Speech by Ben Hill Brown, Jr., American Consul General to Turkey, December 20, 1960

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