Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Diaries, 1939-1945

3 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Series 1: Diaries, 1939-1945, covers MacVeagh's tour of duties as Minister to Greece (with the omission of his tours in Iceland and The Union of South Africa), his term as Ambassador to the Greek and Yugoslav Governments-in-exile in Cairo and his return to Greece after liberation. These are photocopies of transcriptions as the original diaries remain the property of the MacVeagh family.

The diaries contain Lincoln MacVeagh's reflections on Greece under the Metaxas dictatorship of the late 1930s and during World War II, though there are two major gaps (June 7, 1941-November 22, 1943 and December 8, 1944-April 12, 1945). Within the early entries, MacVeagh discusses the turbulence of Polish refugees passing through Greece en route to France to join the Polish legations and rumors of Hitler's "deadly weapons." Turkish-Anglo-French mutual assistance pacts, as well as non-aggression pacts between Italy and France are recorded. Greek military actions, such as the May 1940 militarization of the Albanian frontier and Italy's attack on Greece in October 1940 are detailed, as well as the diplomatic maneuvers prior to and after those and other events. American efforts to provide humanitarian assistance through the Greek Red Cross are also discussed. The diary further records a conference between Anthony Eden and members of the Greek government on February 24, 1941, an interview between MacVeagh and Eden regarding British aid to Greece in the form of military planes and tanks, and MacVeagh's interviews with President Roosevelt in December 1943 (Cairo) and August 1944 (Washington, D.C.).

Other topics detailed by MacVeagh's diaries while in Greece include:

These diaries contain no entries from June 7, 1941 until November 23, 1943, during MacVeagh's service in Iceland and South Africa. Entries resume when MacVeagh and his family arrived in Cairo, the seat of the governments-in-exile of Yugoslavia and Greece.

Later entries contain numerous important political discussions with various diplomatic representatives regarding post-war plans for the Balkans, "the rise of the communist specter in the resistance movements" and the politics of exile, liberation and civil war.


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Collection History


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Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jean Holliday in 1992. Finding aid written by Jean Holliday in 1992.

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Series 1: Diaries; Lincoln MacVeagh Papers, MC067, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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