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Taylor, Paul D. (Paul Daniel), 1939-
Paul D. Taylor Papers
Public Policy Papers
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English Spanish; Castilian


Paul D. Taylor (1939-) is a career Foreign Service official who served as the U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic from 1988-1992. The collection documents Taylor's ambassadorship, his prior role as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, and his other State Department positions in the form of correspondence, memoranda, and speeches.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection documents Paul D. Taylor's Foreign Service and State Department career, especially his service as U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, in the form of correspondence, memoranda, speeches, and other materials. To a lesser extent, the collection includes materials related to Taylor's earlier diplomatic posts in Brazil, Spain, and Guatemala and his work for the U.S. Naval War College. Also of note are State Department documents obtained by Taylor through declassification requests, his collected writings and edited volumes (especially from his tenure at the Naval War College), and Taylor's letters to Richard Nixon opposing the bombing of Cambodia and correspondence related to Nixon's impeachment.


Materials are arranged in approximate chronological order.

Collection Creator Biography:

Taylor, Paul D. (Paul Daniel), 1939-

Paul D. Taylor (1939-) is a career Foreign Service official who has served in a number of prominent positions, including as the U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic from 1988-1992. He was born in Lockwood, New York and graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in politics in 1960. Taylor also earned a master of public administration degree in developmental economics and studied international economics at Harvard University.

Taylor worked for the Peace Corps as the Venezuela desk officer (1964) and as the associate director of the program in Ecuador (1965-1966). After joining the Foreign Service, Taylor took diplomatic posts in Thailand (1967-1969), Brazil (1969-1972), Spain (1978-1981), and Guatemala (1981-1984). In addition to these international assignments, from 1973-1977 Taylor served the State Department as chief of the Food Policy Division, chief of the Energy Analysis Unit, and as a financial economist. He also studied at the National War College in 1977-1978.

From July 1985-August 1988, Taylor was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, responsible for Mexico and for economic relations with Latin America and the Caribbean. He was named U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic by Ronald Reagan and served from August 1988-January 1992.

Following his ambassadorship, Taylor held a number of positions at the U.S. Naval War College. He became a professor emeritus at the College in June 2009.

Collection History


The collection was donated by Paul D. Taylor in April 2018 . The accession number associated with this donation is ML.2018.007.


Approximately one linear foot of loose Spanish-language news clippings and two documents containing personally identifiable information were removed from the collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Rachel Van Unen in April 2018 at the time of accessioning. Some materials were rehoused in archival folders and all materials were described in a finding aid.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

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, any copyright vested in the donor has passed to The Trustees of Princeton University and researchers do not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with use of donor-created materials within the collection. For materials in the collection not created by the donor, or where the material is not an original, the copyright is likely not held by the University. In these instances, 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. 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 a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting 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:

Paul D. Taylor Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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