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Spruille Braden papers, 1903-1977

Summary Information

Abstract

This collection contains correspondence, speeches, manuscripts, documents, photographs, printed material and audiovisual material of Spruille Braden, 1894-1978, American diplomat and mining engineer.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0143
Bib ID 4079451 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Braden, Spruille, 1894-1978
Title Spruille Braden papers, 1903-1977
Physical Description 34 linear feet (67 boxes)
Language(s) English .
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The following boxes are located off-site: Box 4-72. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged. This collection is arranged in three series: Series I: Correspondence and Catalogued Items; Series II: Appearances; Series III: Manuscripts, Documents and Miscellaneous

Description

Summary

Correspondence, speeches, manuscripts, documents, photographs, printed material, and audio visual material, primarily relating to Braden's career as a diplomat. Also included are files from his tenure as Assistant Secretary of State for Latin American Affairs, 1945-1947. The numerous scrapbooks in the collection contain clippings, photographs, and invitations. Major correspondents include Adolf A. Berle, Jr., Homer S. Cummings, James A. Farley, Barry Goldwater, Ernest Hemingway, John Edgar Hoover, Cordell Hull, Frances Kellor, Edward I. Koch, Archibald MacLeish, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Leo S. Rowe, Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., Thomas J. Watson, and Sumner Welles.

  • Series I: Correspondence and Catalogued Items

    This series contains catalouged correspondence, manuscripts and photographs. This series also contains general and diplomatic corrospondence arranged chronologically and alphabetically.

  • Series II: Appearances

    This series contains documents relating to speeches and conference attendence by Braden. This series is arranged alphabetically and chronologically.

  • Series III: Manuscripts, Documents and Miscellaneous

    This series contains financial and legal documents, manuscripts, scrapbooks, pamphlets, phonograph records, movie film and books from the library of Spruille Braden. Braden library items in this series include approximately 150 volumes inscribed to or by Braden; annotated by, citing, or by Braden; and miscellaneous works. Most concern South America, diplomacy, or ultraconservative politics.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

The following boxes are located off-site: Box 4-72. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Spruille Braden papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Spruille Braden, 1958; gift of the Braden family, 1978; gift of William Braden, 1981.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Braden, Spruille. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1958. Accession number--M-58.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 04/12/89.

Revision Description

2012-03-06 Xml document instance created by Alison Rhonemus.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Audio-visual materials Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speeches (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Berle, Adolf A., Jr., 1895-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chaco Peace Conference. Buenos Aires, Argentina (1935-1939) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cummings, Homer S. (Homer Stillé), 1870-1956 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diplomats Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Farley, James A. (James Aloysius), 1888-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Goldwater, Barry M. (Barry Morris), 1909-1998 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hull, Cordell, 1871-1955 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kellor, Frances, 1873-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Koch, Ed, 1924-2013 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mining engineers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Perón, Juan Domingo, 1895-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Franklin D (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rowe, L. S. (Leo Stanton), 1871-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stettinius, Edward R., Jr. (Edward Reilly), 1900-1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Assistant Secretary of State for Latin American Affairs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Delegation (Chaco Peace Conference : 1935-1939 : Buenos Aires, Argentina) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

American diplomat, mining engineer. Braden (1894-1978) was a diplomat in numerous Latin American countries and was particularly well known for his role as the American Representative to the Chaco Peace Conference, 1935-1939, and for his opposition to the Peron regime in Argentina in the 1940s.

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Series I: Correspondence and Catalogued Items

This series contains catalouged correspondence, manuscripts and photographs. This series also contains general and diplomatic corrospondence arranged chronologically and alphabetically.


Catalogued Correspondence



Box 1 Acheson, Dean


Box 1 Aldrich, Winthrop W.


Box 1 Ayala, Eusebio


Box 1 Batista y Zaldivar, Fulgencio


Box 1 Berle, Adolf A., Jr.


Box 1 Biddle, Francis


Box 1 Bowers, Claude G.


Box 1 Bowman, Isaiah


Box 1 Buckley, James L.


Box 1 Buckley, William F., Jr.


Box 1 Byrnes, James F.


Box 1 Christy, Howard Chandler


Box 1 Church, Frank


Box 1 Clayton, William L.


Box 1 Clemens, Cyril


Box 1 Cooke, Terence. Cardinal


Box 1 Crawford, Joan


Box 1 Cummings. Homer S.


Box 1 Davidson, Jo


Box 1 Davila, Carlos.


Box 1 Davis, John W.


Box 1 Duggan, Stephen F.


Box 1 Dulles, John Foster


Box 1 Eisenhower, Dwight David


Box 1 Farley, James A.


Box 1 Gellhorn, Martha


Box 1 Goldwater, Barry


Box 1 Grew, Joseph C.


Box 1 Gruening, Ernest


Box 1 Gunther. John


Box 1 Hayes, Carlton J.H.


Box 1 Hemingway, Ernest


Box 1 Hoover, John Edgar


Box 1 Hull, Cordell



Box 2 Javitz, Jacob K.


Box 2 Johnson, Lyndon B.


Box 2 Kellor, Frances


Box 2 King, Willard V .


Box 2 Knox, Frank


Box 2 Koch, Edward I.


Box 2 Lane, Arthur Bliss


Box 2 Lewisohn, Sam A.


Box 2 Lippmano, Walter


Box 2 Lodge, John Davis


Box 2 Long, Breckinridge


Box 2 MacLeish, Archibald.


Box 2 McNutt, Paul V.


Box 2 Meany, George


Box 2 Merrill, John L.


Box 2 Moynihan, Daniel Patrick


Box 2 Ospina Perez, Mariano


Box 2 Pearson, Drew


Box 2 Reagan, Ronald


Box 2 Reid, Whitelaw


Box 2 Rickenbacker, Edward


Box 2 Rockefeller, Nelson A.


Box 2 Rodino, Peter W., Jr.


Box 2 Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt (Mrs. Franklin D.)


Box 2 Roosevelt, Franklin Delano


Box 2 Roosevelt, Nicholas


Box 2 Rowe, Leo S.



Box 3 Skouras, Spyros P.


Box 3 Spellman, Francis Joseph, Cardinal


Box 3 Stettinius, Edward R., -Tr.


Box 3 Sulzberger, Arthur Mays


Box 3 Sulzberger, Iphigene Ochs


Box 3 Swope, Herbert Bayard


Box 3 Tejada Gorzano, Jose Luis 1881-1938


Box 3 Trujillo Molina, Rafael Leonidas, 1891-


Box 3 Truman, Harry S.


Box 3 Vandenberg, Arthur H.


Box 3 Wallace, Henry A.


Box 3 Watson, Thomas J.


Box 3 Welch, Robert


Box 3 Welles, Sumner


Box 3 Wilder, Thornton


Catalogued Manuscripts


Gunther, John.


Box 3 The Chaco War


Box 3 Hail Colombia


Catalogued photographs:


Box 3 Cummings, Homer


Box 3 Grew, Joseph C.


Box 3 Olav V, King of Norway


Box 3 Rowe, Leo S.


Correspondence, Diplomatic



Box 4 1935


Box 4 1936-1938 - U.S. Dept. of State Despatches, 1936-1938


1936


Box 4 A-D



Box 5 E-G


Box 5 H-N


Box 5 O-Z


1937



Box 6 A-K


Box 6 L-Z


1938


Box 6 A-H


Box 6 J-Z



Box 7 1939


Box 7 1940


1941


Box 7 A-M


Box 7 N-Z


1942



Box 8 A-Braden


Box 8 Braden-Bz


Box 8 C


Box 8 D-H



Box 9 I-L


Box 9 M-R


Box 9 S-We


Box 9 Wr-Z


1943



Box 10 A-Be


Box 10 Briggs


Box 10 B misc. - C


Box 10 D-E



Box 11 F-I


Box 11 J-L


Box 11 M-N


Box 11 O-R



Box 12 S-T


Box 12 U-Z


1944


Box 12 A-Bo


Box 12 Br-Bz



Box 13 B misc.


Box 13 C misc.


Box 13 C-E


Box 13 F-J



Box 14 K-M


Box 14 M


Box 14 N-P


Box 14 R



Box 15 S


Box 15 T-Z


1945


Cuba


Box 15 A


Box 15 B



Box 16 C-F


Box 16 G-K


Box 16 L-Na


Box 16 Ne-P



Box 17 R-S


Box 17 S-Z



Box 18 Argentine Transfer (Argentina)


Box 18 A-B


Box 18 C-F


Box 18 G-L


Box 18 M-P



Box 19 Q-S


Box 19 T-Z


Box 19 Washington Transfer -, (2 Folders)



Box 20 1946-1947


Box 20 A-D


Box 20 E-I


Box 20 Q-V


Box 20 W-Z



Box 21 Condolences, 1943


Congratualtions, 1945


Box 21 A-L


Box 21 M-Z


Invitations


Box 21 1938


Box 21 1945



Box 22 Correspondence, General


Box 22 Argentina, 1945-1947


Braden, Spruille


Box 22 Resignation, 1947


Box 22 Statements and Articles, 1945-1947


Box 22 Cabot, John M., 1945-1947


Box 22 Fan Mail, 1945-1947


Box 22 Messersmith, G.S., 1945-1946


Box 22 New York City Anti-Crime Committee, 1955-1957


Box 22 Thompson, Scott, 1945-1947


Box 22 Miscellaneous



Box 23 Braden, Spruille


Box 23 Childhood letters, 1903-1904


Box 23 Family letters, Ca., 1925-1953


Box 23 (1929-1933) - Letters to and from his father


Braden, William - Personal Files


Box 23 January-December 1934


Box 23 January-June 1935


Box 23 Briggs, Ellis 0. - 2 Folders



Box 24 Miscellaneous


Box 24 1909-1959 and not dated, 1909-1959


Box 24 1960-1977


Box 24 U.S. Dept. of State Memoranda

Series II: Appearances

This series contains documents relating to speeches and conference attendence by Braden. This series is arranged alphabetically and chronologically.


Speeches



Box 25 Albright College, 2, June 1946


Box 25 American Geographical Society, 19, December 1945


Box 25 American Institute of Mining Engineers, New York, 19, March 1947, (2 Folders)


Box 25 American Club, 26, May 1942


Box 25 Argentina


Box 25 Boston Conference on Distribution, 14, October 1946


Box 25 Boston Trip, October I946 - Off the record


Box 25 Bromley Lectureship at Yale University, 18, December 1945, (2 Folders)


Box 25 Celestials, 13, February 1946


Box 25 Clark University, 26, May 1946


Box 25 Cleveland Commission on Foreign Relations; Chicago - Off the record


Box 25 Columbia University Club, 2, March 1946


Box 25 Departmental Group - Mr. Braden and Mr. Spaeth, 24, September 1946


Box 25 Executives' Club of Chicago, 13, September 1946, (3 Folders)



Box 26 Foreign Policy Association, and Pan American Association at Philadelphia, 13, April 1946


Box 26 Hemispheric Insurance, 15, May 1946


Box 26 Historians Luncheon, 14, December 1945


Box 26 House Foreign Affairs Committee, 26, July 1946


Box 26 Johns Hopkins University, 1939


Box 26 Litoral University, Buenos Aires, 21, July, 1945


Box 26 Mass Media Representatives - Off the record


Box 26 Meet the Press (American Mercury)


Box 26 Montana School of Mines, 7, June 1947


NBC Broadcast


Box 26 21, December 1946


Box 26 5, January 1946, (2 Folders)


Box 26 National Democratic Club, 23, March 1946


Box 26 National Trade Council, 14, November 1945


Box 26 Navy Day, 27, October 1945


Box 26 New York Herald Tribune High School Forum, 8, March 1947


Box 26 New York Times - To General Federation of Women's Clubs, 27, March 1946



Box 27 Pan American Union - Dr. Leo S. Rowe's Memorial


Box 27 Pan American Day - Radio Greetings to Latin America, 1947


Box 27 Pan American Union - Tribute to Franklin D. Roosevelt, November, 1946


Box 27 Peron University, La Plata, 10, June 1944


Box 27 Roosevelt Memorial Exhibit, Pan American Union


Box 27 Rutgers University, 26, October 1945


Box 27 Santander and Jefferson


Box 27 University Club, 19, January 1946


Box 27 Wendell L. Willkie Awards for Negro Journalism, 1, March 1946


Chronological


Box 27 1933-1938


Box 27 1938-1942



Box 28 1942-1943, (2 Folders)


Box 28 1943, (2 Folders)



Box 29 1944


Box 29 1945


Box 29 1946-1947



Box 30 1945-1950


Box 30 1946-1947


Miscellaneous


Box 30 1950s


Box 30 Pre-State Department


Box 30 Material for Speeches


Box 30 General



Box 31 Conferences


Pan American Commercial Conference, Buenos Aires, 1935, (2 Folders)


Box 31 Instructions to delegates



Box 32 7th International Conference of American States, 1932-1933


Box 32 Instructions to delegates


Box 32 Inter-American Conference for the Maintenance of Peace, 1936



Box 33 Appointment Books and Wedding Guest Lists, 1937, 1942-1945

Series III: Manuscripts, Documents and Miscellaneous

This series contains financial and legal documents, manuscripts, scrapbooks, pamphlets, phonograph records, movie film and books from the library of Spruille Braden. Braden library items in this series include approximately 150 volumes inscribed to or by Braden; annotated by, citing, or by Braden; and miscellaneous works. Most concern South America, diplomacy, or ultraconservative politics.



Box 34 Financial and Legal Documents, 1924-1943


Box 34 Accounting Memos


Box 34 Accounts


Box 34 Barranquilla Electric Project, 1926


Box 34 Contracts


Box 34 Insurance


Box 34 Mexican Gas Negotiations


Box 34 Munoz, Sara


Box 34 Receipts, (2 Folders)


Box 34 Romero


Subject File



Box 35 Ambassadorship, 1933


Box 35 American Arbitration Association


Argentina


Box 35 General, (2 Folders)


Box 35 1944-1945


Box 35 1945


Box 35 AFL Report, 10, March 1947


Box 35 Magazine Articles


Box 35 Memorandum to President Truman, July 1946


Box 35 Peron, Juan - "Blue and White Book"



Box 36 Press, 1945


Box 36 Wells, Robert C , Reports, 1945-1946, (3 Folders)


Box 36 Argentina's Compliance with. . .Agreements - Memorandum, 1946


Box 36 Braden Family Genealogy


Box 36 Chaco, 1942-1943


Box 36 Cienfuegos - 1942 Trip - Correspondence and related items, 1942


Box 36 Clark University Honorary Degree, 1946


Box 36 Dictatorships and Disreputable Governments


Box 36 Inter-American Commerical Arbitration Commission



Box 37 Military and Naval Information


Box 37 Montana - 1947 Trip, 1947


Box 37 New York City Anti-Crime Committee


Box 37 Paraguay


Box 37 Passports, Cancelled Diplomatic - Braden Family


Box 37 Personnel Investigations, Inter-Office Committee on


Box 37 Reference File


Box 37 Schuyler, Chadwich and Burnham


Box 37 Stonehurst Apartments


Box 37 Tetens, T.H.


Box 37 Tomlinson, Edward


Box 37 UNESCO


Manuscripts and Documents, Miscellaneous



Box 38 Undated


Box 38 1930s


Box 38 1945-1947


Box 38 1948-1952


Box 38 Government Reports, 1946



Box 39 General


Box 39 Braden, Spruille. [Diplomats and Demagogues.] 1966 draft ms., 1966


Box 39 Certificates, Diplomas


Box 39 Nazi Operations, Colombia and Panama


Box 39 Passports


Box 39 Works by others



Box 40 Scrapbooks


Box 40 1935-1938



Box 41 1939



Box 42 1939-1942; (numbered) 1, 2 - 1942, 1939-1942, 1942



Box 43 2a-4 -, 1942



Box 44 5, 6 -, 1942



Box 45 7, 8 -, 1943



Box 46 9, 10 -, 1943



Box 47 11-13 -, 1944



Box 48 14, 15 -, 1944



Box 49 16, 17 and unnumbered



Box 50 19, 20



Box 51 Scrapbooks end clippings, miscellaneous



Box 52 Scrapbook and photographs, miscellaneous



Box 53 Clippings, 1937-1947



Box 54 Clippings, ca. 1938 and miscellaneous printed, 1938



Box 55 Miscellaneous printed material



Box 56 Photographs, tapes, awards, movie film and related items



Box 57 Pamphlets: Peronist, ultraconservative, others, tapes and movie film continued



Box 58 Clippings and Periodicals



Box 59 Printed miscellany


Box 59 Catalogued photographs



Mapcase 14-P-2 OVERSIZE; Photographs and Documents



Mapcase 14-P-3 OVERSIZE; Photographs and Documents



Box Flat Box 30 OVERSIZE: Phonograph records of speeches and miscellaneous events - 1 Folder



Box CMI Box 71 OVERSIZE: Report: Argentinian and German Activities



Box CMI Box 72 Scrapbook - 1 volume



Box 60 Inscribed books



Box 61 Inscribed books



Box 62 Inscribed books



Box 63 Inscribed books



Box 64 Inscribed books



Box 65 Inscribed books



Box 66 Inscribed books



Box 67 Annotated books



Box 68 Annotated books



Box 69 Annotated books



Box 70 Annotated books