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Collection Overview

Creator:
Munro, Dana Gardner, 1892-1990
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Dana Gardner Munro Papers
Repository:
Public Policy Papers
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/c534fn96k
Dates:
1906-1981
Size:
7 boxes
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-7
Language:
English Spanish; Castilian

Abstract

Dana Gardner Munro (1892-1990) was an American diplomat to Latin America and a professor of history and director of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. His papers document segments of his scholarly and diplomatic work, and include Department of State press releases, subject files, lectures, correspondence, and articles relating to United States-Latin American relations and Latin American history.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The Dana Gardner Munro Papers document segments of the scholarly and diplomatic work of Munro. Included in the collection are drafts of articles, book chapters, book reviews, and lectures. Munro's time as a diplomat is reflected in subject files and State Department Press Releases chronicling United States relations with individual Latin American countries as well as larger regional themes. The papers also include correspondence written by Munro's wife Margaret Munro, documenting their time in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua, as well as letters from Munro's children regarding his publications.

Please see the series descriptions in the contents list for additional information about individual series.

Collection Creator Biography:

Munro, Dana Gardner, 1892-1990

Dana Gardner Munro was a leading authority on Latin America relations in the mid-twentieth century. He was actively involved with the United States Department of State as a diplomat and was also a professor at Princeton University for more than thirty years.

Munro was born in Providence, Rhode Island on July 18, 1892. He earned bachelor's degrees from both Brown University and the University of Wisconsin, and went on to receive a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Munro then spent two years studying economic and political conditions in Central America for the Carnegie Peace Foundation. After serving in the U.S. Army's Air Service during World War I, the State Department hired him as an economist in 1919; during the 1920s, he was the acting chief, and later chief, of its Latin American Division. Among his diplomatic positions, he was a secretary of legation in Panama and Nicaragua, charge d'affairs in Managua, a special envoy to Haiti, a consul to Chile, and minister to Haiti (1930-1932).

Munro's career as an educator began in 1930 when he was hired as a professor of Latin American History at Princeton University. Nine years later, he became director of the University's School of Public and International Affairs. After his retirement from academia in 1961, Munro returned to an earlier role as president of the Foreign Bondholders Protective Council, a component of the State Department intended to advise in the protection of American investors.

Munro contributed to journals such as the Hispanic American Historical Review and The American Political Science Review, and authored several monographs including The Latin American Republics: a History; A Student in Central America, 1914-1916; Intervention and Dollar Diplomacy in the Caribbean, 1900-1921; and The United States and the Caribbean Republics, 1921-1933.

He died in June 1990 at the age of 97.

Munro, Dana Gardner, 1892-1990

Dana Gardner Munro was a leading authority on Latin America relations in the mid-twentieth century. He was actively involved with the United States Department of State as a diplomat and was also a professor at Princeton University for more than thirty years.

Munro was born in Providence, Rhode Island on July 18, 1892. He earned bachelor's degrees from both Brown University and the University of Wisconsin, and went on to receive a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Munro then spent two years studying economic and political conditions in Central America for the Carnegie Peace Foundation. After serving in the U.S. Army's Air Service during World War I, the State Department hired him as an economist in 1919; during the 1920s, he was the acting chief, and later chief, of its Latin American Division. Among his diplomatic positions, he was a secretary of legation in Panama and Nicaragua, charge d'affairs in Managua, a special envoy to Haiti, a consul to Chile, and minister to Haiti (1930-1932).

Munro's career as an educator began in 1930 when he was hired as a professor of Latin American History at Princeton University. Nine years later, he became director of the University's School of Public and International Affairs. After his retirement from academia in 1961, Munro returned to an earlier role as president of the Foreign Bondholders Protective Council, a component of the State Department intended to advise in the protection of American investors.

Munro contributed to journals such as the Hispanic American Historical Review and The American Political Science Review, and authored several monographs including The Latin American Republics: a History; A Student in Central America, 1914-1916; Intervention and Dollar Diplomacy in the Caribbean, 1900-1921; and The United States and the Caribbean Republics, 1921-1933.

He died in June 1990 at the age of 97.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Gift of Professor Dana Gardner Munro to the Manuscript Division of the Princeton University Library on March 3, 1986 .

Custodial History:

The collection was transferred to the Mudd Manuscript Library, Public Policy Papers in 1991.

Archival Appraisal Information:

Loose published articles not written by Munro have been removed from the collection.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Diann Benti in July 2007. Finding aid written by Diann Benti in July 2007.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

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.

Credit this material:

Dana Gardner Munro Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/c534fn96k
Location:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345

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Related Material:

Other material at the Mudd Manuscript Library relating to Dana Gardner Munro includes his faculty file in the Office of Dean of the Faculty Records (AC118), the Department of History Records (AC049), his writings in the Alumni and Faculty Offprint Collection (AC121), and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Records (AC129)

Publication Note:

The following sources were consulted during the preparation of the biographical note: Obituary, The New York Times, 19 June 1990. Obituary, The Trenton Times, 19 June 1990.

Subject Terms:
Diplomatic and consular service, American -- Latin America -- 20th century.
Diplomats -- United States -- 20th century.
Genre Terms:
Correspondence.
Lectures.
Press releases.
Names:
Foreign Bondholders Protective Council, inc.
Organization of American States
Places:
United States -- Foreign relations -- 20th century.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Latin America.