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The Papers of Raymond Blaine Fosdick (1883-1972) from the Seeley G Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University

"Throughout his lengthy career, Fosdick moved in elite circles, whether at home or abroad. His papers include correspondence with such leading American and European figures as Dean Acheson, Hamilton Fish Armstrong, Newton D Baker, Winston Churchill, John W Davis, Felix Frankfurter, President Herbert Hoover, Colonel Edward M House, Thomas W Lamont, Walter Lippmann, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, assorted Rockefellers, President Franklin D Roosevelt, Secretary of State Elihu Root, President William Howard Taft, President Woodrow Wilson, and numerous officials of the League of Nations."
Dr Priscilla Roberts

Department of History and Director of the Centre of American Studies,
University of Hong Kong

The Papers of Raymond Blaine Fosdick (1883-1972), lawyer and writer, focus on his national and international contribution to public administration. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence relating to the political and social events occurring during World War I and the Inter War period.

Important topics include:

  • The League of Nations.
  • The Rockefeller Foundation and philanthropic activities.
  • Police systems, liquor control and public hygiene.
  • The inter-relationship between the worlds of big business and philanthropy.
  • Social reforms in New York City and NY State as well as movements and organisations involved in reform measures.
  • Policies and work in China and throughout Asia.
  • International relations and US foreign policy in the inter-war years.

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