Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


James C. Dunn Papers

Dates: 1948-1952.

U.S. Ambassador to Italy, 1946-1952.

The Papers of James C. Dunn consist of a scrapbook containing press clippings, photographs, invitations, correspondence, guest lists, press releases, memorabilia, and other items concerning Dunn's service as U.S. Ambassador to Italy.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 2 linear inches (about 300 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: No donation of copyright was received with this collection. Documents created by U.S. Government officials in the course of their duties are in the public domain. Copyrights in other documents in this collection presumably belong to the creators of the documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Ann Rosentreter (2011) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1890 (December 27)Born James Clement Dunn, Newark, New Jersey
1922 (April) -1924 (February) U.S. Charge d'Affaires Ad Interim in Haiti
1924-1944Held various positions in the Foreign Service and the State Department
1944 (December 20) -1946 (November 11)Assistant Secretary of State for European, Far Eastern, Near Eastern, and African Affairs
1946 (July 25) -1952 (March 17)United States Ambassador to Italy
1952 (March 13) -1953 (March 2)United States Ambassador to France
1953 (February 27) -1955 (February 9)United States Ambassador to Spain
1955 (January 24) -1956 (July 4)United States Ambassador to Brazil
1956 (March 7)Appointed Career Ambassador
1979 (April 10)Died, West Palm Beach, Florida

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Papers of James C. Dunn consist of the contents of a scrapbook concerning his service as U.S. Ambassador to Italy. Except for a few items, the contents date from 1951.

The collection mainly consists of press clippings (some in English, most in Italian) regarding Dunn's actions as Ambassador. The death of Admiral Forrest P. Sherman, the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, in Naples, Italy, and the subsequent trip of Dunn to Naples are covered in clippings and photographs. Massive flooding in Italy is documented in clippings and a press release. Another press release and more clippings tell of Dunn receiving the "Distinguished Service Award" from the State Department.

The majority of photographs in this collection show Dunn attending dinners and ceremonies with fellow dignitaries. Invitations, guest lists, programs, and memorabilia are also included.

Correspondence and press clippings in the collection concern a visit by Italian Prime Minister Alcide De Gasperi to the United States. Speeches by Ambassador Dunn in Italian also appear in the collection.

Related collections at the Truman Library include the Papers of Harry S. Truman (Official File 233: Italy) and the Papers of Charles W. Thayer, Dunn's son-in-law.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.Series
1SCRAPBOOK FILE, 1948-1952
Scrapbook containing press clippings, photographs, invitations, correspondence, guest lists, press releases, memorabilia, and other items. Arranged chronologically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • 1951 [1948-1952]
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]

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