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Thomas Dodd, Jr. Papers

Identifier: GTM-140516

Scope and Contents

The Thomas Dodd, Jr. Papers contain biographical materials, speeches, chronological files, photographs, and newspaper clippings that detail the life of Thomas Dodd Jr. (b. 1935), U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay from 1993 to 1997 and U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica from 1997 to 2001. Of great importance are the chronological files which essentially serve as personal diaries maintained by Dodd Jr. to record his daily diplomatic experiences. The speeches cover mostly his time in Uruguay and Costa Rica. The photographs and newspaper clippings reflect his appearances in the public media, especially during his ambassadorships. The bulk of the collection documents the professional activities of his diplomatic career.


  • 1993 - 2001

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Biographical Note

Thomas J. Dodd, Jr. is a Georgetown University emeritus professor specializing in Latin American History. Born on March 29, 1935, in Washington D.C., he was raised in Connecticut. His father was U.S. Senator Thomas J. Dodd, Sr., and his brother is U.S. Senator Chris Dodd.

Thomas J. Dodd, Jr. graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in 1957. Later, he earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. from George Washington University.

Dodd served as a Second Lieutenant at Ft. Holabird School of Counter Intelligence in Baltimore, Maryland. He became a Captain and was assigned to the 342nd Military Intelligence Detachment with the 49th Armored Division. He won a U.S. Army Commendation Medal.

Dodd taught at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service from 1966 to 1993. Between 1971 and 1991, he lectured at numerous other institutions. He also served in the U.S. State Department in the 1970s. From 1993 to 1997, Dodd served as U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay. From 1997 to 2001, he was U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica.

Thomas J. Dodd, Jr. has published a number of works, including "The Letters of Thomas Herran: Colombian Diplomat and the Panama Crisis, 1900-1903," "Managing Democracy in Central America: U.S. and Nicaragua, 1927-1933," "Latin American Foreign Policy" (co-author) and "Tiburcio Carias: Profile of a Honduran Caudillo" (co-author).

[Sources: "Hartford Courant" Online 5/4/1993; State Department Office of the Historain Online; biographical sketch in box 1 folder 1 of the Dodd Papers]


6 Cubic Feet (6 c.f. boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Thomas Dodd, Jr, 2014.

Thomas Dodd, Jr., papers
Esha Sharma. Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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