Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Peter L. Hahn Papers

Dates: 1949-1991.

Historian and Interviewer of George McGhee.

The papers of Peter L. Hahn include correspondence, notes, and a speech transcript related to Hahn's research into the career of George McGhee, an Assistant Secretary of State assigned to the Middle East during the Presidency of Harry S. Truman.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 2.5 linear inches (about 50 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: The donor gave his copyright interest in writings in this collection, and in any other collection in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration, to the United States of America. Documents created by U.S. Government employees in the course of their official duties are in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents in this collection presumably belongs to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Rebecca Reilly (2017) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Peter L. Hahn was born in 1960. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1982 and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University. He accepted a professorship in history at the Ohio State University, with a research specialization in U.S. relations with the Middle East since 1940. Dr. Hahn served as the History Department chair at Ohio State from 2006 to 2015.

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Peter L. Hahn include correspondence, notes, and a speech transcript related to Hahn's research into the career of George McGhee, an Assistant Secretary of State assigned to the Middle East during the Presidency of Harry S. Truman. The collection is arranged in one series, a Subject File.

The collection contains Hahn's questions for an interview with McGhee, and notes he took during the interview, as well as correspondence with interview notes (both original and revised) attached. Also included are notes taken by McGhee during a 1949 visit to the Middle East as Special Assistant to the Secretary of State for the Arab Refugee Problem, and a transcript of McGhee's speech on the history and future of Middle East, delivered as the 1991 Harry S. Truman Lecture at Duke University.

More information about U.S. relations with the Middle East during the Truman Presidency can be found at the Truman Library in the papers of George McGhee; in an oral history interview with Evan M. Wilson, who served as Assistant Chief of the Near Eastern Affairs Division in the State Department from 1946 to 1947; and in the Harry S. Truman Papers (President's Secretary's Files and Naval Aide to the President Files).

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.Series
1SUBJECT FILE, 1949-1991
Interview questions, notes, correspondence, and a speech transcript concerning George McGhee's career as a diplomat assigned to the Middle East during the Truman era. Arranged alphabetically by folder title, and thereunder chronologically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • Interview
  • Middle East Trip
  • Speech

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