Dean Rusk Personal Papers, Series I: Rockefeller FoundationDean Rusk Personal Papers, Series I: Rockefeller Foundation

Dean Rusk Personal Papers, Series I: Rockefeller Foundation

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dean Rusk Personal Papers, Series I: Rockefeller Foundation
Creator: Rusk, Dean, 1909-1994
Dates: 1952-1961
Extent: 3.0 boxes (1.25 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL/055/DR
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The Rockefeller Foundation series consists of Rusk's office files while he was president. These files contain correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, transcripts and press releases. There is correspondence between Rusk and then Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, former President Harry Truman, Henry Kissinger, Rockefeller Foundation Director of Special Studies, and Rockefeller family members Nelson, Laurance, David and John D. Most of the files deal with the foundation's work in the area of foreign relations, as well as Rusk's confirmation hearings when he became Secretary of State.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Dean Rusk was born on February 9, 1909 in Cherokee County, Georgia. He attended Lee Street Elementary and Boys' High School in Atlanta, Georgia. Rusk obtained an A.B. degree from Davidson College, North Carolina in 1931, and a B.S. (Rhodes Scholar) and M.A. in 1933 and 1934 from St. John's, Oxford, England. He returned to the United States to become Associate Professor of Government and Dean of Faculty at Mills College, Oakland, California, from 1934 to 1940 and studied law at the University of California, Berkeley, class of 1940.

Rusk served in the United States Army from 1940 to 1946 in the China-Burma-India theater. At first he served with the Third Infantry Division, then later with the Military Intelligence Service. Rusk was released from duty with the rank of colonel.

After his military career ended, Rusk joined the Department of State from 1947 to 1952, as Assistant Secretary of State for United Nations Affairs and for Far Eastern Affairs. From 1952 to 1960 he was president of the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Rusk to the office of Secretary of State. He remained in this position until 1969, through the administrations of Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Rusk was in office during the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion, when East Germany began constructing the Berlin Wall, and as the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was also Secretary of State during the height of the Vietnam Conflict.

In 1970, Rusk came to the University of Georgia's School of Law as the Samuel H. Sibley Professor of International Law, and he later established the Dean Rusk Center for International and Comparative Law. Rusk served the University of Georgia until his death on December 20, 1994.

Rusk married Virginia Foisle in June, 1937. They had three children together, David Patrick, Richard Geary and Margaret Elizabeth. In 1990, As I Saw It , the book he co-authored with his son, Richard, was published.

Scope and Content

The Rockefeller Foundation series consists of Rusk's office files while he was president. These files contain correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, transcripts and press releases. There is correspondence between Rusk and then Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, former President Harry Truman, Henry Kissinger, Rockefeller Foundation Director of Special Studies, and Rockefeller family members Nelson, Laurance, David and John D. Most of the files deal with the foundation's work in the area of foreign relations, as well as Rusk's confirmation hearings when he became Secretary of State.

Organization and Arrangement

This series is in alphabetical order by subject.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Preferred Citation

Dean Rusk Personal Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Processing Information note

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2008.


Related Materials

Access Points

Rockefeller Foundation.
United States--Foreign relations--1945-1989.
United States--Politics and government--1945-1989.
United States. Dept. of State.

Related Collections in this Repository

Richard B. Russell, Jr. Collection

William Tapley Bennett, Jr. Papers

Martin Hillenbrand Papers

D.W. Brooks Oral History Collection

Related Collections in Other Repositories

Dean Rusk Oral Histories, Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, Austin, Texas

Dean Rusk Personal Papers, John F. Kennedy Library, National Archives and Records Administration, Boston, Massachusetts

Dean Rusk Papers, Rockefeller Archive Center, Sleepy Hollow, New York

Dean Rusk Files, Department of State Records, National Archives


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

I. Rockefeller Foundation

Extent: 3.0 boxes
Extent: (1.25 linear feet)
Scope and Content: The Rockefeller Foundation series consists of Rusk's office files while he was president. These files contain correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, transcripts and press releases. There is correspondence between Rusk and then Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, former President Harry Truman, Henry Kissinger, Rockefeller Foundation Director of Special Studies, and Rockefeller family members Nelson, Laurance, David and John D. Most of the files deal with the foundation's work in the area of foreign relations, as well as Rusk's confirmation hearings when he became Secretary of State.
BoxFolder
I.11China Policy
I.12Council on Foreign Relations (General)
I.13-4CFR [Council on Foreign Relations] Study Group: Political and Strategic Problems of Deterrence
I.15Dean Rusk Affiliations - Index
I.16Dean Rusk Personal - General and Miscellaneous
I.17Dean Rusk Personal and Confidential - (Rockefeller Foundation Minute and Trust Agreement), January 1961
I.18Dean Rusk letters to John D. Rusk 3rd - Personal and Confidential, 1958 May 23
I.19Disarmament Conference -- Arden House (Dean Rusk did not go), December 1956
I.110-11Dulles, John Foster
I.112French Legion of Honor Award to Dean Rusk
I.113Menchikov, Mikhail (Soviet Ambassador)
BoxFolder
I.21Millis, Walter (Fund for the Republic)
I.22Nitze, Paul H.
I.23Personal - Family
I.24RF [Rockefeller Foundation] and GEB [General Education Board]: Office of the President
I.25-6Rockefeller Brothers Fund - Special Studies
I.27Rockefeller Family and Others
I.28Truman, Harry S
I.29United Nations Charter Revision
I.210UN “Permanent U.S. Delegation to the UN”
I.211U. S. Government - Confirmation Hearing (Dean Rusk - Secretary of State), 12 January 1961
BoxFolder
I.31U. S. Government - Dean Rusk Secretary of State, 1961
I.32U. S. Government - Department of State, 1952
I.33U. S. Government - Department of State (General)
I.34U. S. Government - Q Clearance for AEC [Atomic Energy Commission], 1953
I.35U. S. Government - Senate (General)
I.36U. S. Government - Senate (Committee on Foreign Relations)
I.37Directory of officers and staff, address lists, 1959 October-1960 July