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Collection Overview

Wood, Chalmers Benedict, 1917-1991
Chalmers Benedict Wood Papers
Public Policy Papers
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1929-1991 (mostly 1933-1967)
2 boxes
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-2


Chalmers Benedict Wood joined the Foreign Service after serving in World War II and held positions in several embassies as well as working in the State Department. These papers include writings, correspondence, clippings, and State Department documents from his time as a Foreign Service Officer in Vietnam in 1967-1969.

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection includes writings, correspondence, clippings, and State Department documents from Chalmers Benedict Wood's time as a Foreign Service Officer in Vietnam in 1967-1969.

Collection Creator Biography:

Wood, Chalmers Benedict, 1917-1991

Chalmers Benedict Wood was born in 1917. After graduating from Harvard College in 1940, he served in the Army Air Force from 1940 to 1945. He then joined the Foreign Service in 1947. He was stationed in Brussels and Manila before going to Washington to serve as the State Department's officer for Greece.

In 1957, he was named second secretary at the United States Embassy in Saigon and from 1959 to 1963 was in charge of Vietnamese affairs at the State Department. From 1964 to 1966 he served as first secretary in London and the next year directed the Cyprus office at the State Department.

Mr. Wood was then senior adviser for Binh Dinh province in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. He returned to the State Department in 1970 with the office of Philippine affairs and from 1971 to 1974 served in the American Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand, as deputy chief of mission and charge d'affaires.

Collection History


Gift of Felicity Wood in May 2011 [ML.2011.019] and September 2012 [ML.2012.039].


No material was separated from this collection at time of processing or accession.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Maureen Callahan in May 2011.At this time, materials were re-housed in archival folders and boxes. Finding aid was updated by Maureen Callahan in April 16, 2013 to include materials from the September 2012 accession.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing 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:

Chalmers Benedict Wood Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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