Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Stanton Griffis Papers

Dates: 1900-1967.

U.S. Ambassador to Poland, 1947-1948; U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, 1948-1949; U.S. Ambassador to Argentina, 1949-1950; U.S. Ambassador to Spain 1951-1952.

The Papers of Stanton Griffis contain newspaper clippings, correspondence, and other historical documents from his personal scrapbooks relating to his public career as a United States government official and his private career as a businessman.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 2 linear feet, 7 linear inches (about 4,800 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: 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 those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Carol Briley (1974); Amy Crossley (2013).
Updated by: Andrew Luce (2014) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1887 (May 2)Born, Boston, Massachusetts
1910B.A., Cornell University
1917-1918Captain, Army General Staff
1930Appointed Trustee of Cornell University by Franklin D. Roosevelt
1935-1942Director of Paramount Pictures, Chairman of the Executive Committee (1936)
1942Chairman of the Special Events Committee of the Navy Relief Drive
1942-1943Special Envoy for the Government to England, Sweden, Finland, Spain, and Portugal
1943-1944Chief of the Office of War Information Motion Picture Bureau
1944LL.D., Union College
1944 (April to June)Special Representative of the Foreign Economic Administration to England and Sweden
1944-1945 Commissioner of the Red Cross for the Pacific Ocean area
1947-1948Ambassador to Poland
1948-1949Ambassador to Egypt, Director of United Nations Relief for Palestine Refugees
1949-1950Ambassador to Argentina
1951-1952Ambassador to Spain
1952Published autobiography, Lying in State
1974 (August 29)Died, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Stanton Griffis consist of newspaper clippings, correspondence, and other materials related to his business career and his diplomatic service with the United States Government. The collection is comprised of two series, the Scrapbook Newspaper Clippings File and the Scrapbook General File, both arranged chronologically.

The first series includes newspaper clippings from both domestic and foreign papers relating to the life, interests, and career of Stanton Griffis. The clippings encapsulate Mr. Griffis's rise to prominence and highlight both his accomplishments and failures. The large majority of articles pertain directly to Griffis and his career, while a small number of articles deal with topics of significance to Mr. Griffis, such as his social activities and his involvement in the motion picture industry.

The second half of the collection contains correspondence, press clippings, and other memorabilia concerning Griffis that he compiled into his scrapbook. Within the collection, there is a three part "series" in which Ambassador Griffis describes his experiences abroad in post-war Europe during his service. These provide eloquently-detailed descriptions of what he saw in war-ravaged Eastern Europe.

Many of the documents concern Mr. Griffis's service as U.S. Ambassador to Poland, Egypt, Argentina, and Spain. Business cards, radio interview transcripts, correspondence between dignitaries, and letters of scathing criticism from the indigenous populations are some of the many types of documents Mr. Griffis retained in his scrapbook.

Notable letters contained in this collection are from Harry S. Truman, Bess Truman, Jacqueline Kennedy, Eva and Juan Peron, Francisco Franco, Abigail Van Buren, Bette Davis, Bing Crosby, George C. Marshall, Dean Acheson, and Alben Barkley.

Related collections at the Truman Library include the papers of James C. Dunn, who was the Ambassador to Italy, France, Spain, and Brazil from 1946 to 1955. Official Files 463 and 422 in the papers of Harry S. Truman include information on Poland and Spain, respectively.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.Series
1-3SCRAPBOOK NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS FILE, 1936-1967
Copies of newspaper clippings from the scrapbook. Arranged in chronological order.
4-6SCRAPBOOK GENERAL FILE, 1900-1967
Copies of correspondence, press clippings, invitations, brochures, business cards, reports, speeches, radio transcripts, and other memorabilia from the scrapbook. Arranged in chronological order.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • July 1936-December 1939
  • January 1940-November 1941
  • December 1941-September 1942
  • October 1942-March 1944
  • April 1944
  • May 1944-April 1945
  • May 1945-June 1946
  • July 1946- September 1947
  • October 1947-June 1948
Box 2
  • July-October 1948
  • November 1948-May 1949
  • June-December 1949
  • January-June 1950
  • July-November 1950
  • December 1950-February 1951
Box 3
  • March 1951-October 1952
  • November 1952-February 1953
  • March 1953-December 1955
  • January 1956-March 1961
  • April 1961-April 1965
  • May 1965-February 1967

Box 4
  • June 1900-December 1939
  • February 1940-November 1941
  • December 1941-September 1942
  • October 1942-May 1944
  • June 1944-January 1945
  • February-December 1945
  • March 1946-October 1947
  • November 1947-May 1948
  • June-October 1948
  • November 1948-May 1949
Box 5
  • June-November 1949
  • December 1949-June 1950
  • July-October 1950
  • November 1950-April 1951
  • May 1951-January 1953
  • February 1953-December 1956
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • January 1957-December 1960
  • January 1961-August 1965
Box 6
  • January 1966-May 1967
  • Cross Reference Sheets

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