Lansing, Robert, 1864-1928.
1882-1929 (mostly 1905-1928)
5.5 linear feet, 13 archival boxes
The Robert Lansing Papers document the later years of Robert Lansing (1864-1928),
lawyer, writer, and the longest serving of Woodrow Wilson's three Secretaries of State.
During his tenure as Secretary of State (June 23, 1915 to February 13, 1920), the United
States entered the First World War on the side of the Entente Powers. Deliberations and
negotiations associated with the precarious neutrality which preceded this event and the
troubled peace which followed it dominated Lansing's time in office and are reflected in
his papers. Lansing's interests as a lawyer, which were international in scope and
substance, and the diverse subjects which commanded his attention as a writer – subjects
ranging from biblical history to English etymology – are also evident. The Lansing
Papers consist of official papers, personal papers, writings and speeches, diaries,
sketches, and photographs. Though by no means exhaustive, they shed light on many
aspects of Lansing's life and times.