Series 6: Travels
4 boxes (1 partial)
This collection is stored at Mudd Manuscript Library.
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Collection Creator: Armstrong, Hamilton Fish, 1893-1973..
Extent: 4 boxes (1 partial)
Collection is open for research use.
The travel series is arranged alphabetically by country (according to the name currently in use at the time of Armstrong's travels) and chronologically within each file. Although it consists primarily of business-related correspondence, there are some personal letters between Armstrong and his wife and daughter. Armstrong spent a great deal of time abroad collecting information on the current political situation for Foreign Affairs, seeking articles from local intelligentsia, and meeting with key political figures. Some of the correspondence is in a foreign language, often French, most of which is not translated. The series is divided into three categories: correspondence pertaining to specific countries (1925-1972); trip itineraries (1947, 1954-1957, 1959-1968); and general travel correspondence (1935-1972, undated).
The country correspondence is the largest of the three. It contains letters written in preparation for Armstrong's trips, correspondence sent while he was away, telegrams, Armstrong's notes on countries and people, and travel schedules. The correspondence contains many letters of introduction, recommendations to Armstrong on whom to contact while abroad, and general discussion of his trips with colleagues. There are also drafts of related speeches and articles that Armstrong wrote.
During his trips abroad, Armstrong corresponded regularly with his secretary, Mary Stevens, who kept him updated on office matters and forwarded important mail to him. In addition to the letters which were sent to Armstrong, copies of many of the letters were sent to a Paris hotel, to which he often returned during his travels. Consequently, the France files are among the most substantial of the series. Armstrong corresponded with Philip Quigg, the Managing Editor of Foreign Affairs, on a fairly regular basis as well, but these files have been moved to Quigg's file in the Correspondence series.
The general travel correspondence consists primarily of the same types of materials as the country correspondence, but does not relate to one specific country. It is arranged in chronological order and contains one folder of undated materials. The itineraries are also organized chronologically.
(arranged alphabetically by country)
Series 6: Travels; 1925-1972; Hamilton Fish Armstrong Papers, Public Policy Papers, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.