Interwar Period and WWII (1919-1945)

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    Hulda Enebuske's Passport

    Issued to Hulda Ingejärd Enebuske (“Euebuske” on the passport) in April 1918, this passport lists her destination as France and the reason for her travel as “Service with Harvard Surgical Unit”. At the bottom left, under her physical description, her occupation is listed as “nurse” – which her photograph, in a nurse’s…

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    A Legacy Remembered: Perspectives of the Marshall Plan

    April 3, 2018

    In Person & Virtual

    On April 3, 2018, in cooperation with the George C. Marshall Foundation, the National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) held an event recognizing the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the European Recovery Program, more commonly known as the Marshall Plan.

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    Kellogg-Briand Pact Signing Pen

    This gold fountain pen was used by Secretary Kellogg and his 14 foreign counterparts to sign the Kellog-Briand Pact in France in August 1928, after having been gifted to U.S. Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg by the Mayor of Le Havre, France. The ornate design includes an inscription in Latin: “Si…

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    Lucy Barnard Briggs' Passport

    Shortly after her marriage to American diplomat Ellis O. Briggs in May 1928, Lucy Barnard Briggs received this diplomatic passport and traveled with him to his post in Lima, Peru. After the birth of her children, their photos and personal details were appended to pages in this passport — as was the…

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    Constance Harvey's Medal of Freedom

    Constance Ray Harvey, one of the first women to become a Foreign Service Officer, voluntarily put herself in danger while serving as a diplomat in France during World War II. For her extraordinary efforts, she earned this Medal of Freedom—the predecessor of today’s Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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    “A Job Worth Training For” Pamphlet

    This circa 1950 publication distributed to U.S. Department of State employees emphasizes the importance of training in achieving the overall goals of the agency. Required training included: introduction to the Department for new employees, formal class instruction at FSI, on the job training by supervisors, intern programs, and counseling for outside educational…

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    State Department Comic

    “The Story Behind the State Department” comic, from True Comics #75, published February 1949. True Comics was an educational comic book for children that portrayed government and historical figures rather than superheroes.

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    Edward Dudley's Commission as Ambassador to Liberia

    In 1948, President Truman appointed Edward R. Dudley to serve as U.S. Minister to Liberia. Dudley was a civil rights lawyer from New York who worked at the NAACP with Thurgood Marshall. At the time of Dudley’s appointment, the U.S. Government represented its interests through a legation in Monrovia. In 1949, Truman…

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    Germany Basic Handbook

    American diplomat Arthur Tienken used this handbook while serving in the Kreis Resident Officer Program in Germany after World War II. Resident Officers were U.S. representatives posted throughout Germany. They developed relations with the local populations and assisted in the transition from a post-war U.S.-occupied government to one under German control. Published…