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Collection Overview

Creator:
Dulles, Eleanor Lansing, 1895-1996
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Eleanor L. Dulles Papers
Repository:
Public Policy Papers
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/qj72p7194
Dates:
1863-1989 (mostly 1955-1989)
Size:
3 boxes
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-3
Language:
English

Abstract

Eleanor L. Dulles (1895-1996) was an economic specialist for the U.S. State Department from 1942 to 1962. She was most prominently known for her work in rebuilding West Berlin from 1952 to 1960. Dulles's papers document her political writings after her retirement from the State Department in 1962, as well as her fundraising work with the John Foster Dulles Memorial Fund, and include drafts of her articles and books, topical files, and some correspondence.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

Dulles's papers document her political writings after her retirement from the State Department in 1962, as well as her fundraising work with the John Foster Dulles Memorial Fund, and include drafts of her articles and books, topical files, and some correspondence. Several news articles written by Dulles about politics are included, as well as drafts of books on John Foster Dulles, Dean Acheson, and Dwight Eisenhower. A portion of her papers contains documentation and correspondence regarding articles and books written about members of her family. Also included are copies of two interviews conducted with her and a small amount of material related to her work in Germany with the State Department during the 1950s.

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

Collection Creator Biography:

Eleanor L. Dulles (1895-1996) was an economic specialist for the U.S. State Department from 1942 to 1962. She was most prominently known for her work in rebuilding West Berlin from 1952 to 1960. Dulles also taught economics and finance at several universities and was the author of several books.

Eleanor Lansing Dulles was born in Watertown, New York on June 1, 1895. She was the sister of former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and Central Intelligence Agency Director Allen Dulles. She attended Bryn Mawr College, earning her undergraduate degree in 1917 and a master's degree in labor and industrial science in 1920. During the early 1920s, she studied and worked in industry in the United States and England. Dulles received a master's degree from Radcliff College in 1924 and a doctorate in economics from Harvard University in 1926. From 1924 to 1936, Dulles studied and taught economics and finance at many different universities in the United States and across Europe, including the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr. During this period, she also authored several books on international finance.

Dulles entered U.S. government service in 1936, becoming director of financial research of the Social Security Board. In 1942, she left the Social Security Board to accept a position in the State Department. Initially her work was involved with postwar planning in international finance. Dulles was a member of the United States delegation at the Bretton Woods conference on international finance in 1944, and for the next seven years worked to implement the Marshall Plan in Austria. From 1952 to 1959, she was a prominent figure in the economic and cultural rebuilding of West Berlin. From 1959 to 1962, she conducted studies of sixty underdeveloped countries for the Office of Intelligence and Research on issues related to foreign aid programs. Dulles resigned from the State Department in 1962, after her brother Allen Dulles left the C.I.A.

After leaving the State Department she wrote articles and books on the political landscape during and after her career in the government. Eleanor Dulles died on November 4, 1996 in Washington, D.C. at the age of 101.

Collection History

Acquisition:

This collection was donated in November 1990 .

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were separated during processing in 2008.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Sumit Mehta in 2008. Finding aid written by Sumit Mehta and Adriane Hanson in January 2008.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

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:

Eleanor L. Dulles Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/qj72p7194
Location:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345

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Related Material:

Collections at the Mudd Manuscript Library of particular relevance to the Eleanor L. Dulles Papers are the papers of her brothers John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles.

Related materials at other institutions include a collection of her papers at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, the records of the American Association for Social Security at Cornell University, oral history interviews at Columbia University, and small collections of her papers and the papers of her grandfather, John Foster, at the Jefferson County Historical Society in Watertown, New York.

Publication Note:

The following sources were consulted during the preparation of the biographical note: "Dulles, Eleanor Lansing," from Current Biography, 1962. "Eleanor L. Dulles of State Dept. Dies at 101," The New York Times, November 4, 1996.

Subject Terms:
Cold War.
Educational fund raising.
Politics, Practical -- United States.
Public officers -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union.
United States -- Politics and government.
Genre Terms:
Correspondence.
Writings.
Names:
United States. Department of State
John Foster Dulles Program for the Study of Leadership in International Affairs
Dulles, Eleanor Lansing, 1895-1996
Dulles, John Foster, 1888-1959.