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Arndt, Richard T., 1928-
Richard Arndt Papers
Public Policy Papers
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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


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:

Arndt, Richard T., 1928-

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.


No materials were separated from this 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.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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:

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

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