Diplomatic Courier Items

Artifact Collection Highlights: Ambassador Dudley’s Passport and Items From a Diplomatic Courier

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The National Museum of American Diplomacy has collected some significant items in recent weeks. These include a diplomatic passport issued to Ambassador Edward R. Dudley, the first African American to hold the rank of ambassador. The passport joins a number of documents, letters, and photographs from Dudley’s trailblazing service collected in 2019.

Also collected were items from Joseph H.L. Garrison, who served as a diplomatic courier in the early 1950s. From a colorful diplomatic courier service patch and “Practical Spanish” language booklet to an ID card and courier commissions, these items tell one person’s interesting story.

  • Issued September 10, 1948, Edward R. Dudley used this passport to travel to his assignment as U.S. Minister to Liberia. In 1949, the U.S. mission to Liberia was upgraded to embassy status, and Dudley was promoted to the rank of ambassador.
  • This notebook was used by Garrison during his travels to keep track of his arrival times, travel expenditures, and other details related to his work.
  • The complete collection of items from the courier career of Joseph H.L. Garrison
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  • Garrison Notebook
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