Objects of Diplomacy

With over 7,500 artifacts in its collection, the United States Diplomacy Center draws upon them to relate  bring little known stories of diplomacy to life. Here are just a few to start exploring.


Date: 11/19/2017 Description: Bible and black and white photograph of man
 - State Dept Image

Embassies as Safe Houses

On Nov. 4, 1956, Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty, the highest Catholic official in Hungary and a strong opponent of communism, sought and received asylum as a political dissident at US Embassy Budapest, the same day of the Soviet invasion.  

Date: 10/2017 Description: Old Passport of nurse - State Dept Image

A Passport Without A Photo

This 1918 historic passport in our collection was issued by the U.S. Department of State to Hulda Ingejard Gertrud Anna Enebuske.  Hulda served as a nurse with the Harvard Surgical Unit (HSU) during WWI from 1916 to 1918. 

Date: 09/25/2017 Description: David Hinckley Gravestone - State Dept Image

Passport = Protection

This 1798 passport is the oldest in our collection. Americans did not need a passport to travel abroad, yet many nations required proof of U.S. citizenship to exit their country. Many Americans "passed" through a "port" like David Hinckley did as part of a merchants' group traveling from Dover to London.