Contents and Arrangement

Series 2, Office Correspondence and Papers, 1921-1947

4 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Series 2, Office Correspondence and Papers, 1924-1947, is not extensive, incomplete, and should be considered as a supplement to Series 1. Of the pre-war office files, the file on Damascus (1924-1928) is the most extensive. It includes reports on the Druze revolt of 1925, correspondence with the High Commissioner of France, and other official correspondence.

During World War II Keeley left his position in Greece for various duties in Washington, where he was assistant, later acting chief of the Special War Problems Division. Among the issues he addressed were the condition of prisoner of war camps and detention stations. Of special interest are the documents concerning the relocation of Japanese-Americans. Albert Clattenburg, chief of the Special War Problems Division, wrote in 1946 that Keeley should be considered "the father of the present repatriation program." Of some interest are Keeley's suggestions how to improve the Foreign Service.

Between September 1944 and November 1945 Keeley served as consul general in Antwerp, Belgium, a particularly trying time, since his family remained in America. Keeley witnessed intense German V-1 bomb attacks from October 13, 1944 to March 30, 1945. The file on Antwerp is not extensive, but his correspondence to his wife and family is particularly rich for this period.

The majority of the files in this series concern Keeley's work as consul general in Athens, Greece, in 1946-1947 (once again under Ambassador Lincoln MacVeagh) and his involvement in the Allied Mission for Observing the Greek Elections (AMFOGE).


The series is arranged chronologically according to the positions that Keeley held.

Collection History


No information about appraisal is available for this collection.


These papers were processed with the generous support of Edmund and Robert Keeley and Princeton University's Department of Hellenic Studies.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Grace Kashangaki in 1999 and Helene van Rossum in 2002. Finding aid written by Grace Kashangaki in 1999 and Helene van Rossum in 2002. The materials were arranged into series and sub-series and collection-level and series-level descriptions were created within this time frame. Restricted materials were removed during processing, re-housed in separate boxes and listed as restricted in the finding aid.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Series 2, Office Correspondence and Papers; James Hugh Keeley, Jr. Papers, MC191, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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