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Thomas Blake Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: GTM-0026

Scope and Contents

Papers of Thomas Dawes Blake, a public relations specialist who served in the U.S. State Department in the 1940s. It includes typescripts documenting his time working for the U.S. government during World War II, including his role as assistant to Stephen Early, press secretary to Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the reaction to the death of FDR by White House staff. It also includes a file on the Mexico Water Treaty (1945), a file of memoranda to Col. Behn from 1947 (while Blake was employed as representative of the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation), letters from various political figures (including John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Henry Cabot Lodge, George A. Smathers, Harry F. Byrd, and James Roosevelt, mostly thank you note for supporting their political campaigns), photographs of LBJ announcing his candidacy in 1960 (in which Blake appears in the background of the photos), and some political campaign ephemera for Democratic politicians (such as "Walking with Stevenson" pin in support of Adlai Stevenson).


  • 1947 - 1976


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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.


0.25 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Metadata Rights Declarations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Maria B. Blake, circa 1991.

Processing Information

The collection has been rehoused into acid-free boxes and folders.

John Zarrillo
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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