Contents and Arrangement

Counselor to the Secretary of State, 1958-1972

2 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

As well as material documenting Bowie's position as Counselor to Secretary of State Dean Rusk from 1966 to 1968, Series 2, Subseries 2 contains material from between Bowie's two State Department positions.

Material from the period between Bowie's two State Department positions includes his correspondence with Jean Monnet, a transcript with Bowie's handwritten corrections of his interview for the John Foster Dulles oral history project at Princeton University, his 1960 report on the North Atlantic nations to the Secretary of State, and a 1964 report on Atlantic policy to the Secretary of State.

Box 7 contains chronological files documenting Bowie's position as Counselor to the Secretary of State from 1966 to 1968 (Bowie was Consultant to the Secretary of State earlier in 1966, and sworn in as Counselor in September, 1966). The chronological files from this period include memoranda, correspondence, and occasional daily schedules and travel schedules for Bowie, as well as occasional outlines of points for public talks. Correspondents include Walter Rostow, John J. McCloy, Dean Rusk, Gerard Smith, Kenneth Younger, R. Jack Smith, Eugene McAuliffe, Walter Dowling, Stuart Symington, Jean Monnet, John Leddy, Robert McNamara, Martin Hillenbrand, Thomas Hughes, Henry Owen, J. Robert Schaetzel, Jean Paul Von Bellinghen, Paul Henri Spaak, Harry Boardman, Max Kohnstamm, Henry M. Jackson, Walter Hallstein, Philip Trezise, and several American ambassadors to Europe, among many others.

Subjects addressed in memoranda and State Department correspondence from this period include nonproliferation, East-West relations, NATO forces, the Warsaw Pact, tripartite talks on NATO strategy, the visit of Chancellor Erhard, suggested language for the non-proliferation treaty, space goals after the lunar landing, the nature of the Soviet threat, a multilateral force, the Middle East, the Chinese nuclear program, civil air agreements with the Netherlands and with Italy, foreign aid, assessment of Soviet military capabilities, a Dutch nuclear submarine, INTELSAT, COMSAT, Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger's visit, the technological gap between the U.S. and Europe, the Harmel Study on the future of NATO, German Eastern policy, and Vietnam, among others. Bowie's resignation as Counselor and his return to Harvard took place on April 1, 1968.

Series 2 also includes correspondence with John J. McCloy, and a 1966 report to the Secretary of State, "U.S. Foreign Policy in the Next Decade."


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.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Counselor to the Secretary of State; Robert R. Bowie Papers, MC290, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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