The William E. Mulligan Papers primarily consist of personal and official correspondence, reports, manuscripts and printed materials relating to Mulligan's career in the Government Affairs Department of Aramco (the Arabian American Oil Company) from 1946 to 1978. The material is arranged in just over 500 folders in 18 boxes.
The William E. Mulligan Papers contain an extraordinary amount of highly unique primary and secondary source materials on the early years of Aramco and many of the most prominent Western figures in Arabia at the time. Included are manuscripts and correspondence of George S. Rentz, H. St. John B. Philby, Thomas C. Barger, Dame Violet Dickson, David S. Dodge, and Parker T. Hart. Also included is an immense amount of biographical materials on Saudi government officials and business people including members of the Royal Family, Shaikh Ahmad Zaki Yamani, Suliman S. Olayan, 'Adnan M. Kashoggi, and many others. The history of Aramco, it has been said, is also the history of modern Saudi Arabia, as Aramco officials worked closely with the newly formed Saudi government in some of its most important activities, including the creation of transportation and communications infrastructures, boundaries and other foreign relations issues, and national education, health care and administration. In fact, Aramco began dealing with Ibn Sa'ud well before the American government had made overtures to the King for the opening of diplomatic relations. Aramco set about its task of learning about Saudi language, culture, politics, geography, and history with the utmost studiousness and precision, producing numerous reports on every aspect of Saudi life stretching back to the late 1930's.
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