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Edgar J. Applewhite Papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS333
The Edgar J. Applewhite Papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, and subject files generated by Edgar J. Applewhite, an author and a former Central Intelligence Agency Officer. Correspondents include Anthony Cave Brown, Cleveland C. Cram, Nicholas Elliott, and Robert S. McNamara. The manuscripts include rough drafts of chapters written by Applewhite about his experiences during his service in the Central Intelligence Agency, paying particular attention to James Jesus Angleton and Kim Philby. Applewhite's subject files are comprised mostly of newspaper clippings about intelligence topics. The bulk of the documents dates between 1977 and 1994. The collection is made up of seven boxes (3.5 linear feet).

SERIES SYNOPSIS: Series 1: Correspondence. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Series 2: Manuscripts. Arranged roughly in order of chapter sequence. Series 3: Subject Files. Arranged alphabetically. An effort was made to preserve the original subject file folder headings created by Edgar J. Applewhite.


  • 1930 - 2005
  • Majority of material found within 1994 - 1997

Collection-level Access Restrictions

Closed pending review by the Central Intelligence Agency.

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3.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Biographical note

Edgar J. Applewhite (1919-2005), a Central Intelligence Agency officer and an author, was born in Newport News, Virginia. He lived in Tahiti for a time with his sister during the Great Depression. In 1941, Applewhite graduated from Yale University with a degree in philosophy. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. "Belleau Wood." His specialty was code breaking. In 1946, Applewhite worked with noted inventor R. Buckminster Fuller. Then, Applewhite joined the Central Intelligence Agency, for which he worked in Germany, becoming involved with the construction of a secret tunnel in Berlin in 1955, and in Beirut as station chief. He also served as inspection staff chief and deputy inspector general. Moreover, he worked for a short time as an assistant to Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara. Applewhite retired from the CIA in 1970. For his services, he received the Intelligence Medal of Merit. Applewhite wrote several books on a wide variety of topics. In his book "Cosmic Fishing," published in 1977, he wrote of his collaboration with R. Buckminster Fuller in the field of synergetic geometry. Applewhite also assisted with Fuller's publication of "Synergetics: Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking" (1975) and "Synergetics 2" (1979). On another project, in Applewhite's book "Washington Itself," issued in 1981, he provided readers with a guide book to Washington, D.C.

Source: Obituary of Edgar J. Applewhite, "Washington Post," 2/15/2005.
Edgar J. Applewhite Papers
Scott S. Taylor. Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections
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Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository