Contents and Arrangement

Bowie, Robert R. (1909-2013) - Assistant Secretary of State for Policy Planning, 1964

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

John Foster Dulles's working habits; his relations with State Department personnel and the Foreign Service; the Policy Planning Staff, its work and functions; National Security Council meetings; John Foster Dulles's speeches; his attitude toward communism; his interests in European integration, underdeveloped countries, economic affairs, military and defense matters, arms control and disarmament, administration, Summitry; his relations with the President and other Cabinet members; his relations with foreign statesmen; Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO); the Aswan Dam proposal and the Suez crisis; John Foster Dulles's relations with Congress; the Quemoy-Matsu crisis; John Foster Dulles as a negotiator and his conduct of American diplomacy. [RDC]


Arranged alphabetically.


The idea of establishing an oral history collection as an adjunct to the Dulles Papers was first explored in 1963 in conversations between William S. Dix, Princeton University Librarian, and John W. Hanes, Jr., and Roderic L. O'Connor, former assistants to Secretary Dulles, who had been active in the negotiations that led to the presentation of the Papers to Princeton. The idea became a reality a little less than a year later when the Rockefeller Foundation awarded the Princeton University Library a grant (later supplemented by private donations) to launch the Dulles Oral History Project.

In January 1964, a professional Advisory Committee of Historians and former colleagues of Mr. Dulles was named by Princeton's President Robert F. Goheen. Chaired by Ambassador Hugh S. Cumming, Jr., the Committee offered suggestions concerning the topics that should be covered in the Project's program and helped in drawing up a list of the individuals to be invited to participate in interviews.

All in all, at the conclusion of the project, the interviewers had traveled to seventeen foreign countries and sixteen states across the nation, including the District of Columbia, and taped 315 hours of testimony from 285 men and women.

A complete account of those involved in the project can be found in the printed catalog for this collection under "Guides to the Collection."

Collection History


No information about appraisal is available for this collection.


A complete list of sponsors for the John Foster Dulles Oral History Project is available as part of the descriptive catalogue under "Guides to the Collection."

Processing Information

The John Foster Dulles Oral History Collection was first published in 1967 and subsequently revised by Nancy Bressler in 1974. Descriptions of the collection have existed as a printed catalog (and are still available in that form), and were converted to structured web data in 2011.

Microfilm and original audio inventories were added in July, 2019.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library holds a wide range of audiovisual media within its collections, many of which are obsolete or on fragile media or both. To ensure that the information contained within these materials remains accessible, no original media are played for research purposes. Mudd's policy requires that originals be dubbed to a digital medium and checked for copyright. At that point a reference copy may be provided to researchers. All costs of transferring are borne by the researcher.

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Bowie, Robert R. (1909-2013) - Assistant Secretary of State for Policy Planning; John Foster Dulles Oral History Collection, MC017, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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Find More

Existence and Location of Copies

FOR DIGITIZED CONTENT: Transcripts of each interview have been digitized and may be viewed or downloaded through this finding aid. To view materials, navigate to a specific person's name under "Interview Transcripts."

Microfilm of the transcripts is also available and is requestable through this finding aid.

Another set of microfilm of the transcripts is stored at ReCAP and accessible through the library catalog (call # Microfilm 11).

Related Materials

John Foster Dulles Papers, 1860-1988

John Foster Dulles State Department records, 1953-1959

John Foster Dulles Collection, 1943-1974

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library files relating to John Foster Dulles, 1951-1959

Ann Whitman Papers on John Foster Dulles, 1952-1959

Other Finding Aids

A full description of the history of this project in the form of the John Foster Dulles Oral History Collection Descriptive Catalogue is available through this finding aid under "Guides to the Collection."

Aswan Dam
Economic affairs
Foreign Service
Integration, European, economic/political
Military matters
National Security Council (NSC)
Relationships with foreign statesmen
Secretary of State, JFD's Relations with Other Departments
Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO)
Speeches made by J.F. Dulles
State Department Administration
Subject Terms:
Federal council of the churches of Christ in America
United Nations
United States
League of Nations.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Dulles, John Foster, 1888-1959.
Suez Canal (Egypt)