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- Hoskins, Harold B.
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Harold B. Hoskins Papers
- Public Policy Papers
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- 17 boxes
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-17
Harold Boies Hoskins was a businessman, diplomat, and educator working in Middle Eastern affairs. This collection consists of correspondence, diaries, notes, photographs, publications, maps, and professional files that document Hoskins' personal and professional activities, as well as the Hoskins family.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The Harold B. Hoskins Papers consist of correspondence, diaries, notes, photographs, publications, maps, and professional files that document Hoskins' personal and professional activities, as well as the Hoskins family. See individual series descriptions for more specific information on each series.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Harold Boies Hoskins was a businessman, diplomat, and educator working in Middle
Eastern affairs. Born in Beirut and raised by American missionary parents, he
graduated from Hill School in 1913 and Princeton in 1917. Hoskins served in both WWI
and II, and in 1942, he was commissioned by President Roosevelt to act as a U.S.
diplomatic emissary in Palestine. He became a special assistant to the U.S.
ambassador in Tehran in 1944, and served as a counselor for economic affairs at the
American embassy in Cairo, and for American diplomatic missions in Lebanon,
Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Ethiopia over the course of his career.
From 1955 until his retirement in 1961, he served as director of the Foreign Service
Scott Rodman approved the gifting to Mudd on behalf of the Hoskins family in November 2007 (accession number ML.2007.037). Grania Ackley donated eight rolls of 16mm safety film and a file of correspondence in May 2012 (accession number ML.2012.020). The materials that comprise Series 3 were donated by John and Binti Ackley in 2014 (accession number ML.2014.029).
- Custodial History:
Gifted to the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming by Grania H. Ackley in 1991. The American Heritage Center deaccessioned the papers in November 2007. Transferred from the American Hertitage Center at the University of Wyoming in November 2007.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
Two boxes of books were separated during processing in 2007. No materials were separated from Series 3.
These papers were processed with the generous support of the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Fund.
- Processing Information:
A preliminary inventory list, MARC record and collection-level description were created in 2007. The April 2011 accession was incorporated into the collection and was processed by Kate Dundon in 2011. The finding aid was revised by Kate Dundon in July 2011. Materials from the May 2012 accession were incorporated into Series 2 and the finding aid was updated at this time. The finding aid was updated by Rachel Van Unen in October 2014 to reflect the materials from the 2014 accession.
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:
Harold B. Hoskins Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA(609) 258-6345