Nathaniel P. Davis Papers
Minister-Counselor, U.S. Embassy in Manila, 1946-1947; Ambassador to Costa Rica, 1947-1949; Minister to Hungary, 1949-1951.
The papers of Nathaniel P. Davis include letters between himself and Mr. Dean Acheson, and also letters between himself and President Harry S. Truman. The collection includes his diaries that he kept while he was interned by the Japanese in Manila and while he was working for the Foreign Service in Costa Rica and Hungary. Also included in this collection are newspaper and magazine clippings regarding Davis, correspondence with family and friends, speech drafts and speeches, official documents, memoranda, and memorabilia.
Less than one linear foot (about 800 pages).
[ Top of the page | Administrative Information | Biographical Sketch | Collection Description | Series Descriptions | Folder Title List ]
The papers of Nathaniel P. Davis include such items as correspondence between himself, Mr. Dean Acheson, and President Harry S. Truman. The largest part of the collection includes Mr. Davis's personal diary entries written while he was interned in Manila, and while performing Ambassadorial duties in both Costa Rica and Hungary. The rest of the collection includes newspaper and magazine articles mentioning Mr. Davis, correspondence with family and friends, speech drafts, official documents, memoranda, and memorabilia.
The collection consists of one series. This group of subject files date from 1916 to 1961, although most of the documents are dated from 1940-1952. A large portion of this collection is made up of Davis's personal diary entries. There are three different time periods in his life that he recorded in three separate diaries.
Davis's first diary was written while he was interned in Manila by the Japanese from 1942-1943. This diary includes his personal experiences from before his internment and while he was interned with twenty-seven others.
The second diary dates from 1948-1949 when Davis was Ambassador to Costa Rica, and takes on a completely different feel compared to his first diary in Manila. This diary mostly deals with his political decisions during the turmoil and unrest in Costa Rica.
The last diary kept by Nathaniel P. Davis is dated 1949-1951 and was written when he was Minister to Hungary. This diary is more light-hearted because Davis writes more on the social aspects of his job, such as dinner parties, rather than political problems.
The rest of the collection includes such items as all of Davis's distinguished honors and awards, along with letters offering congratulations and thanks. The collection also includes Davis's internment files, an invitation to President Jose Figueres's Inauguration ceremony in Costa Rica, and other memorabilia Davis collected during his time in the Foreign Service and thereafter.
More information concerning Nathaniel P. Davis can be found in Official File 979, White House Central Files, Harry S. Truman Papers.