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Fitzhugh Green, Jr. Papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS80

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

The Fitzhugh Green Papers consist primarily of the correspondence, work files and manuscripts pertaining to Green's various professional positions, writing, and social acquaintance. The collection was acquired in two parts, the second of which constitutes the Addendum series of this register.


  • 1902 - 1990
  • Majority of material found within 1953 - 1989

Collection-level Access Restrictions

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Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical note

Fitzhugh Green, Jr., was born in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, on September 12, 1917. He is the son of Fitzhugh Green, Sr., naval officer, arctic explorer and writer, and of Natalie Wheeler Elliot . Green received his early education at the Beaseley School, Cooperstown, New York, and at St. Paul's School, graduating from the latter in 1936. He was accepted into Princeton University and completed his senior year in 1940. However, due to problems with his vision (the residual effect of poliomyelitis at the age of ten) he was unable to obtain his B.A. degree in English Literature. In 1940, Green enlisted in the National Guard and, although he received an honorable discharge due to his medical condition, went on to obtain a medical waiver and commission as ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve. After the war, Green spent six years in New York City as a sales, advertising and promotion executive with Vick Chemical Company (1946-1949)and then with Life Magazine (1949-1952). From 1953 through 1954, he worked as executive assistant to the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. In 1954, he also became deputy vice-chairman for the National Citizens for Eisenhower/Nixon Congressional Committee. The same year, Green resigned his position on the committee to begin his long association with the United States Information Agency. Green's USIA tours of duty include Laos, director of operations(1955-1956); Israel, director of operations (1956-1958), chief of private enterprise division (1958-1960); Belgian Congo, director (1960); and Republic of Congo, Leopoldville (1960-1962). From 1962 to 1963, Green attended courses at the Naval War College in Rhode Island and fulfilled requirements for a Master's degree in government (international relations)which was issued by Boston University. In 1964, he served as USIA representative to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. In 1966, Green took a two-year sabbatical from USIA to serve as oceanography and foreign affairs expert on the staff of Senator Claiborne Pell. He returned to USIA as deputy director of Far East operations from 1968 until his resignation in 1970. Green's government experience continued from 1971-1977 and 1983-1987as associate administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. On retirement from EPA, Green joined the private enterprise of William D. Ruckelshaus Associates as vice president of international operations (1987- present). Ruckelshaus had been EPA administrator from 1970 to 1977. In addition to his successful professional career, Green has also been active in politics and as a member of various clubs and associations. He ran (although unsuccessfully) for Congress against Walter Miska in the Rhode Island primary of 1970. He is a trustee and member of the executive committee of the Washington chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis society, and a board member for such organizations as Boys Harbor, Inc., Charles A. Lindbergh Fund, as well as a member of the admissions committee of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (graduate division).In addition, Green is a member of social clubs such as the Metropolitan club, the Burning Tree Club, the Federal City Club (Washington, D.C.), the Explorers Club (New York), and the Newport Country Club. The author of several books, Green's writing career started at the early age of fourteen when his first book on his experiences while on a naval exercise with his father was published in 1931, entitled, 'Fitz Jr. with the Fleet.' His mature publications include, 'A Change in the Weather'(1977), 'American Propaganda Abroad' (1988) , and his most recent, 'George Bush: An Intimate Profile' (1989). Green has also published numerous articles on the environment, diplomacy and international relations, and on one of his favorite sports, sailing. Green died on September 5th, 1990.


7.2 Linear Feet (7 Hollinger Record Storage boxes; 1 drop front flat box (11x14"))

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Provenance: Gift of Fitzhugh Green, February 23, 1990 and June 1, 1990.

Fitzhugh Green, Jr. Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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