Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Jack B. Tate Papers

Dates: 1941-1969

General Legal Counsel, Federal Security Agency, 1939-1947; Deputy Legal Adviser; Department of State, 1947-1954; Associate Dean, Yale University Law School, 1954-1968.

The papers of Jack Bernard Tate consist of correspondence, handwritten notes, newspaper clippings, reports, speeches, printed materials and other items created during and after his government service as legal adviser to the Federal Security Agency and the State Department.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: Less than one linear foot (about 800 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: No donation of copyright was received with 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 those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Laura N. Heller (1969).
Updated by: Jennifer Farr (2007) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1902 (August 14) Born, Bolivar, Tennessee
1924B.A., University of Tennessee
1926J.D., Yale Law School
1927LL.M., George Washington University
1928-1934Assistant Legal Adviser, Department of State
1934-1936Division Counsel and Division Administrator, National Recovery Administration
1936-1939Assistant General Counsel and General Counsel, Social Security Board
1939-1947General Counsel, Federal Security Agency
1947-1954Deputy Legal Adviser, Department of State
1948 (March-April)Alternate United States Delegate to the Ninth International Conference of American States (Pan American Conference) at Bogotá, Colombia
1949-1951Legal Adviser to the United States Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly
1954-1968Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Yale University
1968 (March 20)Died, New Haven, Connecticut

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Jack Bernard Tate consist of printed materials, correspondence, newspaper clippings, handwritten notes, reports, speeches and speech drafts, memorabilia and other items dealing primarily with his government service as legal adviser to the Federal Security Agency and the State Department. The collection is comprised of one series, a Subject File, arranged alphabetically by folder title.

The newspaper clippings and printed materials mostly relate to the Ninth International Conference of American States, held at Bogotá, Colombia in March-April 1948. The correspondence includes excerpts from letters from Tate to his wife Elizabeth describing his experiences as a delegate to the Bogotá Conference, which was interrupted by a violent revolt.

Another letter, from Tate to his mother, describes his dinner at the White House with the President and Mrs. Roosevelt in 1944.

The collection also includes memoranda, speeches and speech drafts, and other items pertaining to the Bricker Amendment, the doctrine of sovereign immunity, and the President's legal authority to wage war in Korea.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1 SUBJECT FILE, 1941-1969
Correspondence, handwritten notes, newspaper clippings, reports, speeches, photographs, memorabilia, and other items created during and after his government service as legal adviser to the Federal Security Agency and the State Department. Arranged alphabetically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • Bogotá Conference, March- April, 1948 – Letters to Mrs. Tate
  • Bogotá Conference, March-April, 1948 – Newspaper Clippings
  • Bogotá Conference, March-April, 1948 – Pamphlets
  • Bricker Amendment, 1952-1956
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Dinner at the White House, February 12, 1944
  • Lectures at Yale University, 1951-1954
  • Powers of the President – Korea
  • Speeches and Statements
  • St. Lawrence Seaway Authority
  • Subversive Activities Control Act, 81st Congress, 2nd Session
  • Tate Letter [law of sovereign immunity]
  • United Nations Participation Act, 79th Congress, 1st Session
  • Yale Law Report, 1968 (Jack B. Tate Obituary)

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