The Cynthia Helms Papers consist of letters, manuscripts, photographs, scrapbooks, and printed materials documenting the life of Cynthia Helms, author, Middle East expert, and wife of Richard M. Helms, who served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1966 to 1973 and U.S. Ambassador to Iran from 1973 to 1976. Mrs. Helms' personal papers include a number of book reviews written by her concerning books on the Middle East in the 1980s and 1990s. In addition, a limited amount of correspondence is retained, mostly regarding Mrs. Helms' book "An Ambassador's Wife in Iran," published in 1981. Notable correspondents include Barbara Bush, Porter J. Goss, William Hood, Lady Bird Johnson, Farah Pahlavi, Thomas Powers, Ronald Reagan, S. Dillon Ripley, and Archibald Roosevelt, Jr. Many photographs of both Mrs. Helms and her husband are present. Several of Mrs. Helms' books are preserved in this collection: "An Ambassador's Wife in Iran" (1981) and "Favourite Stories from Persia" (1982). The Cynthia Helms' Papers shed light onto the history of modern Iran and the Middle East. They are stored in 5 boxes, the equivalent of 8.0 linear feet.
Series 1 - Correspondence. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Series 2 - Book Reviews by Cynthia Helms. Arranged alphabetically by title of book being reviewed.
Series 3 - Manuscripts. Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Series 4 - Photographs. Arranged alphabetically by person.
Series 5 - Awards. Arranged alphabetically.
Series 6 - Printed Materials. Arranged chronologically.
Series 7 - Oversized Materials.
Collection-level Access Restrictions
Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.