The Robert Theodore Curran Papers: Part 2 comprise a small portion of the personal papers of foreign service official Robert Theodore Curran. Of particular interest is a series of letters written by Curran to his parents describing his experiences during the summer of 1949 studying at the Rethel School in Dusseldorf, Germany. Curran relates his observations about life in Germany and comments on some trips he took while there. Also of note is a group of photographs and postcards from Moscow, Russia. Finally, a set of manuscripts written by Curran provides light on some of his research interests, including Arabic proverbs and Soviet Central Asia, for example. The Robert Theodore Curran Papers: Part 2 are stored in one archival box (0.5 linear feet). The Robert Theodore Curran Papers: Part 2 supplement the Robert Theodore Curran Papers: Part 1 which are already preserved in Georgetown University Library's Booth Family Center for Special Collections. Moreover, a transcript of an interview with Curran about his foreign service career is contained in the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection administered by the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. Charles Stuart Kennedy interviewed Curran on November 6, 1998 as part of that project.
SERIES 1 - Germany. Correspondence dated 1949 from Robert Theodore Curran to his parents regarding his time at the Rethel School in Dusseldorf, Germany. Arranged chronologically. Also includes 13 photographs from Germany.
SERIES 2 - Russia. Photographs and postcards from Moscow.
SERIES 3 - Manuscripts. Unpublished documents written by Robert Theodore Curran. Arranged alphabetically by title/subject.
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Robert Theodore Curran was born in New York, and he grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. He attended the George School in Pennsylvania. In 1949, he spent time in the summer at the Rethel School in Dusseldorf, Germany. Curran graduated from Haverford College in 1953. He also received a Master's degree from Columbia University in 1956. Robert Theodore Curran had a distinguished foreign service career. Early on, he served as the executive director of the German-American Institute in Tubingen, Germany. Curran worked in Yemen in the early 1960s. Later, he served in Mexico City. In time, Curran became deputy chief of mission in Kabul, Afghanistan and again in Rabat, Morocco. In 1984, he retired from the foreign service with the rank of career minister. After his foreign service career, Curran served as president of Springfield College in Illinois. In addition, he was the executive director of the American Institute for Foreign Study Foundation. [Sources: State Department Biographical Register 1972 and the Robert Theodore Curran Papers: Parts 1 and 2.]
0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
Gift of Robert Theodore Curran, 2/2008 ; Status: Open. Provenance: Gift of Robert Theodore Curran, February 2008. Processed by Scott S. Taylor, September 2009.
Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository