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Henry W. Black Research Collection

 Unprocessed Collection
Identifier: AM95-7

Form of Material

Copies of correspondence, documents, and research notes gathered and compiled by Henry W. Black for his dissertation research which was completeed at USM in 1972. Title of dissertation was William C. Bullitt and the World Crisis, 1936-1943. It focuses upon Bullitt's service as an American Ambassador to France (1936-1940), and the events that preceded the disintegration of the Third French Republic and the gradual involvement of the U.S. in European affairs. Bullitt was a personal friend of Roosevelt.

Collection includes copies of correspondence and documents from the State Department, National Archives, Roosevelt Presidential Library and other sources.


  • circa 1934-1945

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

William Christian Bullitt Jr. was an American diplomat, journalist, and novelist. He is known for his special mission to negotiate with Lenin on behalf of the Paris Peace Conference, often recalled as a missed opportunity to normalize relations with the Bolsheviks. He was also the first US ambassador to the Soviet Union, and US ambassador to France during World War II. In his youth he was considered a radical, he later became an outspoken anti-communist.


5.50 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



Transferred from Gulf Coast, May 4, 1995.

Henry W. Black Research Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

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