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WHC. Diplomatic Archives

 Record Group
Identifier: WHC
The Diplomatic Archive at the Western History Collections holds official declassified and personal papers of former ambassadors and other presidential appointees who have ties to Oklahoma. The archive provides scholars with access to historical documents on U.S. politics and international diplomacy. They include correspondence, memorabilia, photographs, and films related to international policies and issues of the 20th century forward, from apartheid and perestroika to human rights and terrorism.

Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:

Arthur H. Geissler Collection

Identifier: WHC-M-1025
Scope and Contents


Diplomat. Scrapbooks containing news clippings, magazine articles, government documents, pamphlets, photographs, handbills, and memorabilia accumulated by Geissler while serving as United States Ambassador to Guatemala and reflecting events throughout Central America for the period 1922-1928.

Dates: 1895-1928

Edward J. Perkins papers

Identifier: WHC-M-2776
Scope and Contents

Diplomat. Papers (1928-2009) of Edward J. Perkins, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Liberia, South Africa, the United Nations, and Australia, and served as the Director General of the U.S. Foreign Service. The papers include ambassadorial correspondence (1978-1996), speeches (1980-1992), and subject files (1961-1999). The collection also contains audio and visual recordings (1998-2006), and memorabilia (1979-2006). The materials highlight Ambassador Perkins’ years in the Foreign Service, particularly his work to help bring a peaceful end to apartheid in South Africa.

Dates: 1928 - 2009

Everett F. Drumright Collection

Identifier: WHC-M-2652
Scope and Contents


U.S. Ambassador. Personal correspondence (1944-2002), speeches (1954-1976), and personal records of Everett F. Drumright, including an outline and notes for Drumright's autobiography, and miscellaneous writings by his wife, Florence Teets Drumright. The collection also contains printed matter on Chinese history and culture, Taiwan, and Hong Kong; and seven photograph albums and scrapbooks (1950-1984) documenting Drumright's life and career as U.S. ambassador to China.

Dates: 1935-2002

Everett F. Drumright Photograph Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: WHC-P-2355
Scope and Contents

Black-and-white and color original and copy prints of Everett F. Drumright, U.S. Ambassador to Taiwan, his wife Florence Teets Drumright, and their families and scenes from his career in the Foreign Service. This collection includes images of military and commercial airplanes, airports, the Aviation Writers Association, the Drumright wedding ceremony, and the China Foundation. Locations include New York City, South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Germany, India, Hawaii, and California. Noted personalities are Dwight D. Eisenhower, Chiang Kai-Shek, Madame Kai-Shek, George Yeh, Margaret Bourke-White, and John Dulles; plus images of members of the United States armed forces and foreign service. Unpublished finding aid available.

Dates: ca. 1910-1994

George C. McGhee papers

Identifier: WHC-M-2168
Scope and Contents

U.S. Ambassador. Papers and artifacts of George Crews McGhee, who served as 8th U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, and 4th U.S. Ambassador to West Germany. McGhee’s career achievements include being a Rhodes Scholar, oil entrepreneur, naval officer, diplomat, philanthropist, and author. The papers contain his business correspondence (1950-2002), ambassadorial papers (1948-1968), personal correspondence (1935-2002), writings and speeches (1928-2005), financial records (1947-1978), and family history materials (1980-2002). The collection also contains photographs, slides, scrapbooks, and memorabilia documenting the McGhee family’s life and world travels; as well as Mesoamerican artifacts collected primarily by McGhee’s father-in-law, Everette Lee DeGolyer, and by Ambassador and Mrs. McGhee. The bulk of the papers (1937-1998) relate to Ambassador McGhee’s business enterprises and to his service to the country as a member of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Department of State.

Dates: 1928 - 2005

Jacqueline Voignier-Marshall collection

Identifier: WHC-M-2786
Scope and Contents

Collector. Magazines and newspaper clippings (1962-1967) primarily about the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, his legacy, and family.

Dates: 1962-1967

Jeane J. Kirkpatrick papers

Identifier: WHC-M-2842
Scope and Contents

Diplomat. Papers (1961-2002) of Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, who served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and foreign policy adviser to U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan in the 1980s. The papers include U.N. correspondence (1974-1992), speeches (1980-1992), subject and country files (1961-1999), and newspaper clippings (1973-1997). The collection also contains audio and visual recordings (1985-2002), and memorabilia (1979-2001). The materials highlight Ambassador Kirkpatrick’s service in the United Nations and her work as a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.

Dates: 1961-2002

Patrick Jay Hurley Collection

 Collection — Drawer 8612
Identifier: WHC-M-1080
Scope and Contents FULL FINDING AID (PDF)Correspondence, reports and articles (1900-1956) from Hurley's service as National Attorney for the Choctaw Nation, regarding tribal enrollment, land tenure, and the Mississippi Choctaw; as United States Assistant Secretary of War and as a special presidential representative to the Soviet Union, Great Britain, Afghanistan and the Middle East; and as United States Ambassador to China during World War II, including correspondence regarding American and Allied war efforts in the Far Eastern theatre. Correspondents include Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lord Louis Mountbatten, Mao Tse-tung, Chiang Kai-shek, Herbert Hoover, Douglas MacArthur, Henry A. Wallace, Joseph Stilwell, Helen Keller and Cordell Hull, as well as numerous officials of the U.S. diplomatic corps, including Averell Harriman and Harry Hopkins. Included are two scrapbooks of...
Dates: 1900-1956

Patrick Jay Hurley Photograph Collection

 Collection — Oversize box 1
Identifier: WHC-P-1660
Scope and Contents

Black and white original and copy prints of Patrick Jay Hurley's career as United States Assistant Secretary of War and Secretary of War, special presidential representative to the Soviet Union, Great Britain, Afghanistan, and the Middle East, and United States Ambassador to China during World War II. The collection contains scenes of Hurley with Joseph W. Stilwell, Chou En-lai, Mao Tse-tung, Chiang Kai-shek, Douglas MacArthur, Claire Lee Chennault, and Herbert Hoover. Also included are photographs of Secretary of War Hurley's inspection tours of United States military installations, suppression of the Bonus Army riots in 1932, Hurley with Japanese military representatives, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles A. Lindbergh, Amon Carter, Will Rogers, Chester Nimitz, Jonathan Wainwright, Henry Stimson, William Halsey, Bacone College and the towns of McAlester, Oklahoma and Phillips, Indian Territory. Patrick J. Hurley Manuscript Collection also in repository.

Dates: 1900-1956

Robert Moody McKinney Collection

Identifier: WHC-M-2627
Scope and Contents

Newspaper publisher and U.S. Ambassador. Professional and personal papers of Robert Moody McKinney and family, primarily regarding his life as a diplomat, newspaper publisher, and author. The materials include correspondence, newspapers, appointment calendars, photographs, and manuscripts of short stories and poetry written by McKinney. The papers contain reports and correspondence from McKinney's work as chairman of the panel to report to Congress on the Impact of Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy (1955-1956), as a representative to the Second International Conference for Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy (1958), and as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland (1961-1963). The collection also has McKinney’s correspondence and reports as owner and publisher of The New Mexican newspaper (1956-2003), legal documents (1975-1989) regarding his suit against the Gannett Company to regain control of the The New Mexican, and genealogical materials (1895-2018) compiled by Virginia K. Moody.

Dates: 1895-2018

Robert Moody McKinney Photograph Collection

 Collection — Box Photo M-56
Identifier: WHC-P-2472
Scope and Contents

Black-and-white copy prints from the life and career of Robert Moody McKinney, the longtime editor and publisher of The Santa Fe New Mexican, and U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland during the Kennedy administration. Notable photographs in the collection are of the USS Tarawa, and McKinney with General Lucius D. Clay, and Swiss president Friedrich Traugott Wahlen. Unpublished finding aid available.

Dates: 1913-1987