The Winifred S. Weislogel Papers consist of letters sent by Winifred S. Weislogel to her parents, Catherine and George Weislogel, during her career in the U. S. foreign service. Weislogel served from August 1957 until November 1983. The letters in this collection date between 1957 and 1978. The papers are contained in 1 box which houses 60 folders and occupies 0.5 linear feet of space. Weislogel's letters provide a glimpse into the life of a career foreign service official. She writes about her various posts, professional contacts, personal acquaintances, social engagements, and the political conditions and social customs of the nations in which she served. During her tenure, Weislogel spent time in Geneva, Switzerland; Tripoli and Benghazi, Libya; Tangier and Rabat, Morocco; and Lome, Togo. Her lengthy letters to her parents from each of these cities represent a valuable source of information and an intriguing slice of diplomatic history. The Winifred S. Weislogel Papers supplement a wealth of diplomatic history collections at the Georgetown University Library Special Collections Division. A 71-page transcript of a 1992 oral interview with Weislogel is found in the Foreign Affairs Oral History (FAOH) Program archive maintained within the Special Collections Division. Many of the Ambassadors Weislogel mentions in her correspondence were also interviewed as part of this FAOH program, and their transcripts are also available to researchers.
The Winifred S. Weislogel Papers are divided into seven series as described below:
Series 1: D. C. Letters (1957-1959) - Consists of four folders containing letters sent by Winifred S. Weislogel to her parents while stationed in Washington, D.C. Arranged chronologically.
Series 2: Switzerland Letters (1959-1961) - Consists of 9 folders containing letters sent by Winifred S. Weislogel to her parents while stationed in Geneva, Switzerland. Arranged chronologically.
Series 3: Libya Letters (1961-1963) - Consists of 6 folders containing letters sent by Winifred S. Weislogel to her parents while stationed in Tripoli and Benghazi, Libya. Arranged chronologically.
Series 4: Morocco Letters (1963-1970) - Consists of 27 folders containing letters sent by Winifred S. Weislogel to her parents while stationed in Tangier and Rabat, Morocco. Arranged chronologically.
Series 5: Togo Letters (1970-1973) - Consists of 12 folders containing letters sent by Winifred S. Weislogel to her parents while stationed in Lome, Togo. Arranged chronologically.
Series 6: D.C. Letters (1973-1977) - Consists of 1 folder containing letters sent by Winifred S. Weislogel to her parents while stationed in Washington, D.C. Arranged chronologically.
Series 7: Inspection Trips (1977-1978) - Consists of 1 folder containing letters sent by Winifred S. Weislogel to her parents while serving as a member of the U.S. foreign service inspection corps. Arranged chronologically.
ABBREVIATIONS: ACS - Autograph Card Signed. ALS - Autograph Letter Signed. TLS - Typed Letter Signed.
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Winifred S. Weislogel was born on August 8, 1927, in New Jersey. She received an Associate of Arts degree from Union Junior College in New Jersey (now Union County Community College) in 1947, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College in 1949, and a Master of Arts degree from Otago University in New Zealand in 1951. From 1951 until 1956, Weislogel worked at the Institute of International Education, eventually becoming head of its Fulbright Division. In 1956, Weislogel entered the U. S. State Department and embarked upon a long and varied career in the foreign service. Her first major post was as a consular officer in Geneva, Switzerland, where she worked from 1959 through 1961. Her next assignment was as personnel officer in the U. S. Embassy in Libya. Weislogel moved with the Embassy when it transferred from Tripoli, Libya, to Benghazi, Libya, in January 1961. She was stationed in Libya from 1961 to 1963. Weislogel then moved to Tangier, Morocco, where she undertook Foreign Service Institute Arabic language training between 1963 and 1965. Weislogel put her training to good use in her next outpost as a consular officer in Rabat, Morocco, where she stayed from 1965 until 1970. Weislogel remained in Africa for her next assignment, assuming the role of Deputy Chief of Mission in Lome, Togo. She held that position from 1970 until 1973. In 1973, Weislogel was reassigned back to the United States for stateside duty. From 1973 to 1977, she served as a Libyan/Algerian Desk Officer and later Director of North African Affairs. Between 1977 and 1980, she worked in the Office of the Inspector General. Her last post, held from 1980 to 1983, was as Deputy Director of the Office of International Science Cooperation in the Bureau of Oceans, Environmental, and Scientific Affairs. Winifred S. Weislogel retired from the U. S. foreign service at the end of November 1983. She died in Arlington, Virginia, on December 23, 2014.
0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository