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Matthews, H. Freeman, Jr., 1927-2006
H. Freeman Matthews, Jr. Papers,
Public Policy Papers
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H. Freeman Matthews, Jr., son of H. Freeman Matthews, was a career Foreign Service officer, serving with the State Department from 1952 to 1991. The collection consists of materials documenting Matthews, Jr.'s service with the State Department, in particular, his time as Deputy Chief of Mission in Cairo from 1976 to 1980.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The H. Freeman Matthews, Jr. papers document his career in the State Department and contain subject files, newspaper clippings, photographs, and day planners. The majority of the papers are related to his time in Egypt in the late 1970s and his work on the Garrison Diversion Unit project.

Collection Creator Biography:

Matthews, H. Freeman, Jr., 1927-2006

H. Freeman Matthews, Jr., Princeton University class of 1949, was a career Foreign Service officer, serving the State Department in a range of capacities from 1952 to 1985. Prior to his career with the State Department, Matthews, Jr. worked for the Central Hanover Bank & Trust Co. in New York. He joined the State Department in 1952 and served in Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Vietnam, and Mexico.

After returning from Mexico in 1974, he worked on the Garrison Diversion Unit project and became Director of Egyptian Affairs shortly thereafter. In 1976, the State Department transferred him to Egypt where he was Deputy Chief of Mission in Cairo from 1976 to 1980. He played a role in the peace negotians between Israel and Egypt, involving President Jimmy Carter, President Anwar Sadat, and Prime Minister Menachem Begin.

After returning from Egypt, Matthews, Jr. became a consultant with the Bureau of Diplomatic Security before officially retiring in 1985. After his retirement, he worked on the White House Iran-Contra Legal Task Force and Inter-Agency Review Committee from 1987 to 1991.

Matthews, Jr. died on July 22, 2006.

Collection History


Gift of Nancy Matthews in 2015.


The archivist separated two government publications from the collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Alexis A. Antracoli in 2015. Finding aid written by Alexis A. Antracoli in 2015

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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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:

H. Freeman Matthews, Jr. Papers,; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-2