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Willard Leon Beaulac Papers 1

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS292

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

The Willard Leon Beaulac Papers document the extraordinary career of Willard Leon Beaulac, who served as U.S. Ambassador to five countries in Central and South America. A few pieces of correspondence appear first in the collection. Periodical clippings appear next. Photographs round out the collection. There are several notable photos, such as many photos of Beaulac and some photos of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Vice President Richard Nixon, Fulgencio Batista, and Dag Hammarskjold. The Beaulac Papers are stored in one archival box (0.5 linear feet).


  • 1925 - 1990
  • Majority of material found within 1925 - 1950

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Biographical note

Willard Leon Beaulac, a native Rhode Islander, attended Brown University and then served in the Navy during World War I. After that conflict, Beaulac enrolled in the new Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, graduating in 1921. Beaulac joined the State Department in 1921, holding consular posts in Central America for the next 10 years. For part of World War II, he served as counselor and deputy chief of mission in Spain. In 1944, Beaulac earned his first ambassadorial assignment to Paraguay. In 1947, he became ambassador to Colombia. Between 1951 and 1953, Beaulac was ambassador to Cuba. Next, he served as ambassador to Chile from 1953 to 1956. He then was U.S. ambassador in Argentina between 1956 and 1960. His final assignment was as deputy commandant for foreign affairs at the National War College. His book "Career Ambassador" was published in 1951. Beaulac taught at Southern Illinois and Ball State after retiring from the State Department. Other books by Beaulac include "Career Diplomat," "A Diplomat Looks at Aid to Latin America," "The Fractured Continent," and "Franco: Silent Ally in World War II." Willard Leon Beaulac died on August 25, 1990 at the age of 91.

[Source: "Washington Post," 5/27/1990, p. B6.]


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Scott S. Taylor. Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057