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Correspondence, 1912-1980


Collection-level Scope and Content Note

From the Collection:

The Cornelius Van H. Engert Papers consist of correspondence, reports, photographs and printed materials created or collected by Cornelius Van Hemert Engert during and after his career as a U.S. diplomat from 1912 to 1945. The Papers comprise 18 linear feet of material, contained in 12 boxes, arranged in 930 folders. The collection is divided into 16 series, mainly according to the geographical assignments held by Engert at various times during his diplomatic career. The series focusing on such assignments consist of the Turkey and the Hague Series (Parts I and II), the Iran Series (Parts I and II), the Washington, D. C. Series, the Cuba Series, the El Salvador Series, the Chile Series, the Venezuela Series, the China Series, the Ethiopia Series, the Beirut Series, and the Afghanistan Series. There is also a Photographs Series containing photographs from all of Engert's career, including a large set of propaganda photographs produced by the U.S. Government during World War I. The Dorothy Thompson Series contains a number of manuscripts of speeches and notes by Thompson regarding Feminism, Zionism, Fascism and other political topics during the 1930's, 40's and 50's collected by Engert during his work with Thompson in founding the American Friends of the Middle East.


  • 1912-1980

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0.75 Linear Feet (Boxes 13-15)

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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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