Biography and History

Brooks Emeny was a prominent international relations scholar who specialized in American foreign policy during the second World War. Born in Salem, Ohio, in 1901, Emeny attended Governor Dummer Academy and Mercersburg Academy before entering Princeton University in 1918. After graduation, he went abroad as a Carnegie Fellow in international law, studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, the London School of Economics, the Konsular Akadamie in Vienna, and the University of Madrid. When he returned to the U.S., he taught government at Yale University, but he left the post to devote himself entirely to writing and research. In 1934, he published The Strategy of Raw Materials: A Study of American Peace and War, a seminal work that became a standard text for the United States Military Academies. Emeny served as advisor to the Cultural Relations Division of the Office of Inter-American Affairs and American delegate to numerous conferences. In 1947, he was appointed president of the Foreign Policy Association, which exists to educate the public about foreign policy. Between 1957 and 1980, he served on the advisory council of the Woodrow Wilson School. Emeny died in 1980.

Source: From the finding aid for MC047

  • Brooks Emeny Papers. 1921-1980 (inclusive), 1940-1980 (bulk).

    Call Number: MC047

    The papers of Brooks Emeny (1901-1980, Class of 1924) consist of two separate collections: a collection of 28 boxes which he donated to Princeton University (Manuscripts Collection 047) and a bequest of 54 boxes to the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University (AM 16540). Brooks Emeny, author and lecturer, was a member of the advisory council of the Woodrow Wilson School 1957-1980.