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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA MF 333-337
1949-1953, 1980
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
5 reels and one published guide


Name of creator(s)

Dean Gooderham Acheson, US Secretary of State, 1949-1953.

Administrative / Biographical history

Dean Gooderham Acheson, 11 Apr 1893- 12 Oct 1971, was a lawyer, author, diplomat and member of the Yale Corporation. He served for twelve years at the US Department of State as Assistant Secretary of State, 1941-1945, Under Secretary of State, 1945-1947, and Secretary of State, 1949-1953. During these years Acheson helped to forge the Truman Doctrine, 1947, the Economic Recovery Program (Marshall Plan), 1947, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization, 1949, and assisted in the development of a post-war US foreign policy towards Germany, the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China. Official Conversations and Meetings of Dean Acheson, 1949-1953 are microfilmed copies of official transcripts and minutes of meetings and conversations of Acheson as Secretary of State during the Truman administration.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

University Publications of America, Inc., Bethesda, MD, with fully indexed guide edited by Paul Kesaris.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Official Conversations and Meetings of Dean Acheson, 1949-1953 are microfilmed copies of the minutes of conversations and meetings of Dean Acheson during his tenure as Secretary of State during the Truman administration, 1949-1953. Material includes minutes for meetings and conversations with Senator Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg concerning the Rhodes negotiations on the future of Palestine, 1949; Foreign Service employee George Frost Kennan relating to US-Soviet relations, 1949-1950; Rt Hon Sir Oliver Franks, British Ambassador to the US, concerning the former Italian colonies, the western mark for Berlin and the North Atlantic Pact, 1949; the US National Security Council relating to the re-training of the Austrian Army, Palestine, and the appointment of a military commander in Germany, 1949; President Harry S Truman concerning the Military Assistance Program, atomic energy, Palestine, British finances and the revolutionary situation in the Caribbean, 1949; Muhammad Riza Pahlevi, Shah-an-Shah of Iran, relating to financial assistance to Iran, 1949; Professor Hans Joachim Morgenthau concerning Cold War international relations; President Truman concerning the Korean crisis, 1950; US Department of Defense representatives concerning the Treaty of Peace with Japan, 1950, and the war in Korea, 1951-1953; US Gen George Catlett Marshall relating to the Economic Recovery Program (Marshall Plan).

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Enquiries concerning the copyright of the original material should be addressed to University Publications of America, Inc., 4520 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD, 20814-3389, USA.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This summary guide and a detailed published guide available in the Archives Reading Room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Harry S Truman Library, Independence, Missouri; Dean Acheson Collection, Yale University Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut



Compiled Jul 1999

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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  • Alliances
  • Central government
  • Colonial countries
  • Decolonization
  • Development aid
  • Diplomacy
  • East West relations
  • Economic aid
  • Financial aid
  • Foreign policy
  • Foreign relations
  • Government
  • International conflicts
  • International instruments
  • International law
  • International organizations
  • International politics
  • International relations
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
  • Organizations
  • Political systems
  • Public administration
  • War
  • Wars (events)

Personal names

  • Acheson, Dean Gooderham, 1893-1971, US Secretary of State
  • Franks, Oliver Shewell, 1905-1992, Baron Franks of Headington, Professor, economist
  • Kennan, George Frost, b 1904, US public official
  • Marshall, George Catlett, 1880-1959, US General and Secretary of State
  • Morgenthau, Hans Joachim, 1904-1980, US political scientist
  • Pahlavi, Mohammed Reza, 1919-1980, Shah of Iran
  • Truman, Harry S, 1884-1972, US President
  • Vandenberg, Arthur Hendrick, 1884-1951, US public official

Corporate names

  • NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • US Government


  • Americas
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Caribbean
  • China, East Asia
  • Korea, East Asia
  • London, England
  • USA, North America
  • USSR, Eastern Europe

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