Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: U.S. Army and Occupied Germany, 1919-1952 (mostly 1942-1951)

5 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Series 1 contains material reflecting Robert R. Bowie's wartime duty (1942-1945), his postwar assistantship to the Deputy Military Governor for Germany, General Lucius Clay (1945-1946), and his position as Special Adviser to High Commissioner for Germany John J. McCloy (1950-1951).

Series 1 also includes one folder of earlier correspondence by Robert Bowie's father Clarence K. Bowie, from 1927 to 1942.

Material from Bowie's wartime service in the Army and with the Deputy Military Governor, as well as additional material through 1949, appears in Series 1, Subseries 1. The series includes material from each of Bowie's Army assignments in Washington—the legal branch of the Purchases Division, the Office of the Director of Materiel, and the Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion. Wartime papers include correspondence and memoranda, pamphlets from the government printing office, meeting minutes, and drafts of legal material such as the War Department Technical Manual on fixed-price supply contracts, as well as amendments to a law on appropriations for national defense. Bowie also drafted speeches for Colonel Albert Browning, Director of the Purchases Division, and reported on contract termination in Canada. Bowie's work centered on wartime contracts with military suppliers—especially the renegotiation and termination of war contracts.

At the war's end, Bowie was appointed Special Assistant to General Lucius Clay, who was then the Deputy Military Governor for Germany. Material from this period includes monthly reports of the Military Governor for the U.S. Zone, memoranda from Bowie to General Clay, reports of the Denazification Policy Board, material from the Allied Control Authority and the Office of the Military Government of the United States on the issues of reparations and rebuilding industry in Germany.

Bowie's correspondence from Frankfurt and Berlin, in Box 4, characterizes some of his work under Clay; in 1945, he worked on revision of military government directives, drafted papers for setting up the Allied Control Council, and helped to draft a proclamation for General Eisenhower to the German people. In 1945 and 1946, Bowie turned to the process of denazification, as well as addressing the problem of food shortages.

Series 1, Subseries 2 includes some material from the period between Bowie's two positions in Germany—in particular, papers that relate to his service on the Hoover Commission in 1949 (including correspondence with Hoover), as well as the drafts and texts of talks Bowie gave on the occupation of Germany once he had returned to the United States. Material in Box 4 reflects his participation in the Rules Committee for the Maryland Court of Appeals.

From 1950-1951, Bowie served in Frankfurt as General Counsel to John J. McCloy, U.S. High Commissioner for Germany. Material from the Office of Military Government period appears in Series 1, Subseries 2. The papers reflect that Bowie drafted speeches for McCloy, as well as giving a speech of his own, "Economic Bases of a Democratic State," in Hamburg. Material in Box 5 includes issues of Information Bulletin, the monthly magazine of the U.S. High Commission for Germany, as well as the office's press releases.

The "decartelization" of industry was one of Bowie's areas of focus, as well as creating a working and secure civilian government in the new Federal Republic. In particular, papers from this period focus on the Schuman Plan for creating a European Coal and Steel Community. Much of the Schuman Plan material in Box 5 is printed material, published in France and elsewhere—reports and bulletins of the French Assemblée Nationale; clippings in favor and in opposition; and German pamphlets introducing the Schuman Plan to the public.


Materials remain in the order in which they were received from the donor.

Collection History


One box of personal files, framed certificates and some photographs was returned to the donor.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Phoebe Nobles in March, 2017.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

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Credit this material:

Series 1: U.S. Army and Occupied Germany; Robert R. Bowie Papers, MC290, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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