Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Dwight P. Griswold Papers

Dates: 1946-48

Chief, American Mission for Aid to Greece, 1947-48

The papers of Dwight P. Griswold document his service as Chief of the American Mission for Aid to Greece from June 14, 1947 through September 15, 1948. The collection includes correspondence with State Department officials and others, briefing papers, press releases, reports (including five quarterly reports concerning US aid to Greece and Turkey that the Department of State submitted to Congress in 1947 and 1948), newspaper clippings and photographs relating to the mission.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: About 1,000 pages and 500 photographs
Access: Open, with the exception that a small number of documents have been closed in accordance with the provisions of the Executive Order governing the administration of classified information
Copyright: Dorothy G. Gayer donated her copyright interest in her unpublished writings, including her father's, in this collection or any other collection in the possession of the United States Government to the people of the United States. In addition, documents prepared by United States Government employees in the course of their official duties are also in the public domain. Copyright interest in documents that do not fall in the above two categories is presumed to remain with the writers of the documents.
Processed by: Dennis Bilger, Raymond H. Geselbracht, and Anita Smith

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1893, November 27 Born, Harrison, Nebraska
1914 A.B., University of Nebraska
1922-40 Editor and Publisher, The Gordon Journal
1921-23 Member, Nebraska House of Representatives
1925-29 Member, Nebraska Senate
1932, 1934, 1936 Unsuccessful candidate for governor of Nebraska
1941-47 Governor of Nebraska
1946-47 Director, Internal Affairs and Communications Division, Office of Military Government for Germany--United States
1947 (June 14)-1948 (September 15) Chief, American Mission for Aid to Greece (AMAG)
1953-54 U.S. Senator from Nebraska
1954, April 12 Died, Bethesda, Maryland

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Dwight P. Griswold document his service as Chief of the American Mission for Aid to Greece from June 14, 1947 through September 15, 1948. The collection includes correspondence with State Department officials and others, and briefing papers, press releases, reports (including five quarterly reports concerning U.S. aid to Greece and Turkey that the Department of State submitted to Congress in 1947 and 1948), newspaper clippings and photographs relating to the mission. The American Mission for Aid to Greece was organized in May and June of 1947 to oversee the administration of a program of assistance for Greece and Turkey according to the provision of the so-called Truman Doctrine (Public Law 75, 80th Congress) and the implementing regulations prescribed by Executive Oder 9857.

The collection is divided into four series. The Correspondence File includes, most importantly, correspondence with Secretary of State George Marshall and other State Department officials concerning the mission of AMAG. Of particular importance is a letter from Secretary of State George C. Marshall to Dwight P. Griswold, not dated but certainly written in late June of 1947, which describes Griswold's charge and the scope of his authority as Chief of the American Mission for Aid to Greece. The series also includes several reports and speeches that describe AMAG's accomplishments in Greece. The Reports File contains five quarterly reports concerning U.S. assistance to Greece and Turkey that the Department of State submitted to Congress for the periods ending September 30, 1947 through September 30, 1948. The Scrapbook File contains newspaper clippings, personal and social correspondence, and invitations and other such items relating to the ceremonial side of Griswold's work. The Photograph File contains photocopies of photographs from two photograph albums and a scrapbook. The original photographs have been transferred to the audiovisual collection.

The following collections in the Truman Library's holdings contain material relating to American assistance to Greece and Turkey: the papers of Harry S. Truman (OF206 - Greece; President's Secretary's File - Subject File), Clark M. Clifford, George M. Elsey, Joseph M. Jones, Paul A. Porter, Paul R. Porter, Francis Lincoln, George E. Phillies and Harry N. Howard.

A large collection of papers of Dwight P. Griswold is in the custody of the Nebraska State Historical Society.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1 Correspondence File, 1947-48
Correspondence, memoranda, reports, press releases, speeches, cables and newspaper clippings relating to Griswold's work with the American Mission for Aid to Greece. The series includes, most importantly, correspondence between Griswold and Secretary of State George Marshall and other State Department officials concerning AMAG's mission. A lengthy biographical sketch of Griswold is at the beginning of the series. Also included are several reports and speeches concerning AMAG's accomplishments. Arranged chronologically.

1 Reports File, 1947-48
The series contains five quarterly reports that concern U.S. assistance to Greece and Turkey that the Department of State submitted to Congress for the periods ending September 30, 1947 through September 30, 1948. Arranged chronologically.

1-2 Scrapbook File, 1946-48
Newspaper clippings, personal and social correspondence, invitations, menus, place cards, press releases, newsletters, speeches, and commendations relating primarily to Griswold's work as Chief of AMAG. Arranged by type of material, with the newspaper clippings being placed first and other material following.

2 Photograph File, 1947-48
The series contains photocopies of photographs from two photograph albums and a scrapbook. The original photographs have been transferred to the audiovisual collection. The photographs depict construction projects undertaken in Greece with the help of the American assistance program, damage caused by Greek guerrillas, the Greek countryside, the Greek royal family, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Griswold, and Greek and American officials. Arranged in the order in which they were placed in the photograph albums and scrapbook.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

    CORRESPONDENCE FILE, 1947-48
Box 1
    AMAG [American Mission for Aid to Greece] Correspondence, 1947
      [2 folders, includes a biographical sketch of Griswold and a memorandum from the Secretary of State describing his duties and responsibilities as head of the AMAG]
    AMAG Correspondence, 1948
      [2 folders, includes a summary report on AMAG's accomplishments, dated June 15, 1948]
    REPORT FILE, 1947-48
    Reports to Congress on Assistance to Greece and Turkey [five quarterly reports, September 1947 through September 1948]
    SCRAPBOOK FILE, 1946-48
    Newspaper Clippings [concerning the American Mission for Aid to Greece]
      [4 folders]
Box 2
    Personal and Social Correspondence
    Invitations, Lists of Participants, Menus, Place Cards, Programs
    Press Releases, Newsletters, Speeches, Commendations, Miscellaneous
    PHOTOGRAPH FILE, 1947-48
    Photographs [photocopies of about 230 photographs from the Griswold papers that have
      been transferred to the audiovisual collection] [3 folders]

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