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Arndt, Richard T. (1928-)
Richard Arndt Papers
Public Policy Papers
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  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Boxes 1, S-000274 to S-000277, S-000279 to S-000296


Richard T. Arndt (1928-) worked in cultural diplomacy for over two decades for the U.S. Information Agency and the Department of State. The collection contains his papers, speeches, article clippings, and correspondence related to cultural diplomacy.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection documents Richard Arndt's commitment to cultural diplomacy and his advocacy of programs like the Fulbright Program in order to cultivate positive international relations. Included are papers written by Arndt and his speeches, article clippings, and correspondence on the topic of cultural diplomacy. Many documents are related to his book The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century. Also of note are translations by Arndt of a French novel and play.


Materials remain in their original order as received from the donor.

Collection Creator Biography:


Richard T. Arndt (1928-) is a longtime advocate of and participant in cultural diplomacy, having been the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to study at the University of Dijon, France in 1949-1950. He went on to serve with the State Department and the U.S. Information Agency from 1961-1985. Since then he has taught at universities including the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University, and George Washington University. He has served on the boards of many organizations, including as president of the Fulbright Association (formerly the Fulbright Alumni Association) from 1990-1992.

Arndt received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in French Literature in 1949 and his PhD in 18th-century French Literature from Columbia University in 1959, teaching at Columbia until he began his public service career in 1961. He is the author of The Fulbright Difference, 1948-1992 (1993) and The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century (2005).

Collection History


The collection was donated by Richard T. Arndt '49 in 2015 . The accession numbers associated with this donation are ML.2015.020 and ML.2015.024. Additional accruals were donated by Richard Arndt in 2018 and 2021.The accession numbers associated with these donations are ML.2018.010 and ML.2021.013.


Some duplicate publications were separated from the collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Mairead Horton '17 and Rachel Van Unen in June 2015 at the time of accessioning. Some materials were placed in archival folders and supplied titles, though no physical rearrangement was done at this time. All materials were described in an inventory and finding aid. The 2018 and 2021 accruals were processed by Will Clements in 2022.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Richard Arndt Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Boxes 1, S-000274 to S-000277, S-000279 to S-000296