Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Edwin G. Arnold Papers

Dates: 1933-1959.

Director, Far East Program Division, Economic Cooperation Administration and Mutual Security Agency, 1951-1952.

The papers of Edwin G. Arnold consist of correspondence, reports and other materials primarily related to Arnold’s various administrative positions with the U.S. Government.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: Less than one linear foot (about 1,500 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: No donation of copyright was received from the donor of this collection. Documents created by U.S. Government officials in the course of their official duties are in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents presumably belongs to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Erwin J. Mueller (1968).
Updated by: Jenifer Whiting (2007) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1905 (8 October)Born, Hartford, Connecticut
1926B.A., Yale University
1932M.A., Yale University
1934-1935Instructor, School of Public Affairs, Princeton University
1935-1942Assistant to Administrator, Resettlement Administration (later the Farm Security Administration)
1942 (March to June)Assistant Coordinator & Director of Training, U.S. Civil Service Commission
1942-1944Special Assistant to Director and, later, Chief of Relocation Division, War Relocation Authority
1944-1945Chief, Far Eastern Division, United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA)
1945-1947Director of the Division of Territories and Island Possessions, U.S. Department of the Interior
1947-1948Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior
1949-1950Economic Commissioner, Economic Cooperation Administration Mission to Sweden
1951Deputy Director of Far East Program Division, Economic Cooperation Administration
1951-1952Director of Far East Program Division, Economic Cooperation Administration and Mutual Security Agency
1952Member, Advisory Committee on Underdeveloped Areas, Mutual Security Agency
1960 (16 October)Died, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Edwin G. Arnold consist of correspondence, reports, and other materials primarily related to Arnold’s various administrative positions with the U.S. Government. The collection is comprised of one series, a Subject File, arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Included in the collection is biographical information on Arnold, including civil service applications, many commendation letters, and personnel action forms. Also included are news clippings, handwritten notes, travel requests, and several guest lists from Arnold’s time in Sweden. A foreign policy bibliography outlines resources on international relations, organizations, special problems, and regions.

The bulk of the correspondence is professional in nature, with occasional personal comments included in a few letters. Due to the international nature of Arnold’s work, the correspondence includes many letters from other U.S. Government administrators in various foreign offices, as well as administrators from foreign governments. The correspondence also includes information on Arnold’s confidential mission to the Hawaiian Islands for the War Department in 1942 in relation to the evacuation of Japanese descendants from the territory.

A variety of reports and writings by Arnold and others are included in the collection. Arnold’s typed dissertation includes handwritten notes and hand-drawn charts. Additional reports include a Farm Security Administration report, an undated report by Arnold entitled “Nationalism and Internationalism,” and a report entitled “Summary and Progress Report of the Wheeler-Case Program,” issued by the Office of Land Use Coordination in 1941.

Also included are separate reports on the balance of international payments of China, Denmark, Japan, and Sweden in 1933.

The Truman Library also has the papers of Dillon S. Myer (Director, War Relocation Authority, 1942-1946) and Paul G. Hoffman (Administrator, Economic Cooperation Administration, 1948-1950), two men under whom Arnold served in the U.S. Government. Official File 6 in the papers of Harry S. Truman includes information on Arnold’s service in the Department of the Interior.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1-2 SUBJECT FILE, 1933-1959
Correspondence, reports, printed materials, personnel records, a dissertation draft, and other items mostly relating to the government service of Edwin G. Arnold. Arranged alphabetically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • Arnold, E. G. – Biographical Information Concerning
  • Arnold, E. G. – Civil Service Appointments and Letters of Commendation
  • Arnold, E. G. – Letters of Commendation, 1934-1956
  • China – Balance of International Payments, 1933
  • Correspondence, 1942
  • Correspondence, 1944-1945
  • Correspondence, 1947
  • Correspondence, 1949
  • Correspondence, 1950-1952
  • Doctoral Dissertation on Canada (1st Three Chapters)
  • Doctoral Dissertation on Canada (4th Chapter)
  • Farm Security Administration, 1934-1941
  • International Relations – Foreign Relations – Bibliography
  • Japan – Balance of International Payments, March 15, 1933
Box 2
  • Miscellaneous
  • Nationalism and Internationalism
  • Publications
      [1 of 3]
      [2 of 3]
      [3 of 3]
  • Sweden – Balance of International Payments, May 31, 1933
  • Sweden – Marshall Plan, Economic Cooperation Administration (ECA), 1949
  • Wheeler-Case Program Report, Office of Land Use Coordination, May 15, 1941

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