Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Selected Correspondence and Related Materials, 1868-1991

172 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Selected Correspondence and Related Materials series contains Eberstadt's professional correspondence with government officials, politicians, and academics, as well as businessmen and investment bankers, policy organizations, social clubs, and charity groups. The series also includes correspondence that Eberstadt was copied on, and related government reports, records of Congressional hearings, meeting minutes, memoranda, academic papers, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The majority of the correspondence is related to Eberstadt's service to the United States government on defense and economic issues, especially during the 1940s and 1950s, including with the Reparations Conference in Paris in 1929, the Army-Navy Munitions Board, the War Production Board, with armed services unification and Defense Department reorganization, the Atomic Energy Commission, and the Hoover Commission on Government Reorganization. Significant correspondents include Bernard M. Baruch, James V. Forrestal, and Herbert Hoover. The correspondence documents Eberstadt's service to these organizations and their work with World War II policies, especially the production and distribution of supplies, post-war economic policies, and national security. The series also includes Eberstadt's correspondence with politicians, academics, and concerned citizens discussing these issues, as well as correspondence with his colleagues in the investment field regarding his business and investing, and correspondence with policy, social, and charity organizations regarding his membership and their meetings and causes.

Eberstadt's personal correspondence with his family is located in Series 14: Personal and Family Records.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.


These papers were processed with the generous support of the Ferdinand Eberstadt Foundation and the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Fund.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 1984.

Finding aid written by Adriane Hanson in November 2007.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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.

A record of a luncheon in honor of Howard S. Cullman is located in Series 10: Memorabilia, Box 194, and three audio cassette tapes of an interview of Eberstadt are located in Series 15: Additional Papers, Box 277.

Credit this material:

Series 1: Selected Correspondence and Related Materials; Ferdinand Eberstadt Papers, MC021, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Boxes 1-171; 212

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Related Materials

A collection of particular relevance to the Ferdinand Eberstat Papers at the Mudd Manuscript Library is the papers of James V. Forrestal. An oral history interview of Eberstadt, "Reminiscences of Ferdinand Eberstadt : oral history, 1960," is available at Columbia University.


The following sources were consulted during the preparation of the biographical note: "Eberstadt, Ferdinand," Current Biography, H.W. Wilson Company, 1942. Eberstadt, Ferdinand 1913 File; Undergraduate Alumni Records, Box 397, Folder 3; University Archives, Special Collections, Princeton University Library. "Ferdinand Eberstadt, Investment Banker Active in Government Service, Dies." The New York Times, November 13, 1969.

United Nations. Atomic Energy Commission
United States. Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government (1947-1949)
United States. Joint Army and Navy Munitions Board
United States. National Security Resources Board
United States. War Production Board
Baruch, Bernard M. (Bernard Mannes) (1870-1965)
Forrestal, James (1892-1949)
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964