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William Harding Jackson Papers

Identifier: GTM-101014

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the personal papers of William Harding Jackson. Correspondents include President Eisenhower, Constantine FitzGibbon, Arthur Gardner, Gordon Gray, and Richard M. Nixon, among others. A run of letters regarding Wendell Willkie's 1940 presidential campaign is also included among the documents. Some typed manuscripts by Jackson, a few photographs of him, and a series of printed materials round out the collection.


  • 1938 - 1971


Conditions Governing Access

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.

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

William Harding Jackson (1901-1971) was born on March 25, 1901, in Nashville, Tennessee. He received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1924, and he earned an L.L.B. from Harvard University in 1928.

Early in his life, Jackson worked as a lawyer and investment banker in New York City. From 1942 to 1945, he served in the U.S. Army. In 1944, Jackson was a member of General Omar Bradley's intelligence staff.

On August 18, 1950, General Walter Bedell Smith, Central Intelligence Agency Director designate, appointed William H. Jackson as Deputy Director of the CIA. Jackson served in that capacity until August 3, 1951.

Jackson returned to law practice and private sector work. Next, from August 1951 to February 1956, he was a part-time assistant and senior consultant to the CIA director. Then, from 1956 to 1957, Jackson held the post of Special Assistant to President Dwight D. Eisenhower specializing on national security.

William H. Jackson died on September 28, 1971.

[Source: CIA Web Site.]


1.5 Cubic Feet (3 boxes and 2 oversized folders)

Language of Materials


Metadata Rights Declarations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Raynor's Historical Collectible Auctions with funds provided by the Russell J. Bowen Fund, October 2010.

William Harding Jackson Papers
Scott S. Taylor
2011 January
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • 2023-12: Edited for DACS compliance by John Zarrillo

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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