Martin J. Hillenbrand Oral History CollectionMartin J. Hillenbrand Oral History Collection

Martin J. Hillenbrand Oral History Collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Martin J. Hillenbrand Oral History Collection
Creator: Hillenbrand, Martin Joseph, 1915-2005.
Dates: 2004
Extent: 49.0 items
Collection Number: RBRL/154/MJHOH
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Collection consists of 18 interviews conducted by John Stark, Gary Bertsch, and Mary McKay with Dr. Martin J. Hillenbrand, for Stark's internship with the Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) in 2004. The Russell Library hired Stark, in May 2004, to transcribe the interviews, and he continued to conduct interviews with Dr. Hillenbrand through July of that year. The last interview Stark did with Hillenbrand was video recorded, with Gary Bertsch acting as co-interviewer. In September 2004 Mary McKay of the Russell Library interviewed Dr. Hillenbrand regarding his collection of photographs. Topics include the Berlin Crisis, European Union and its future, Hillenbrand's experience in Burma and India, origins of the Center for East-West Trade Policy (currently the CITS), meeting and marrying his wife, Hillenbrand's monograph Power and Morals, and international economics post-World War II.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

John Stark:

At the time of these interviews, John Stark was a senior at the University of Georgia, majoring in German. He studied abroad in Germany, living in Rostock, Munich, and the northern Bavarian city of Erlangen. He graduated in 2004, after he completed his internship with the Center for International Trade and Security.

Gary Bertsch:

Co-founder and Director of the Center for International Trade and Security, Dr. Bertsch is the University Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia.

Dr. Martin J. Hillenbrand:

Martin Joseph Hillenbrand was born, August 1, 1915, in Youngstown, Ohio, and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Arts in 1937. He received a Doctorate in Philosophy in 1948 from Columbia University and completed postgraduate work at Harvard in 1950. He received honorary degrees from both the University of Dayton and the University of Maryland.

Ambassador Hillenbrand served thirty-five years as a professional United States Foreign Service Officer, including service in Burma, India, Mozambique, Hungary, France, and Germany. He entered the Foreign Service in 1939 as vice consul in Zurich and also served in Rangoon, Burma. Hillenbrand worked in Bremen, Washington and Paris, rising to Embassy First Secretary in 1952. In 1956, Hillenbrand served as an American political adviser in Berlin. Later he was appointed as the first U.S. Ambassador to Hungary (1967-1969) and Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (1969-1972). Hillenbrand concluded his diplomatic career serving as Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany from 1972 until his retirement in 1976.

After retiring from diplomatic service, Hillenbrand worked from 1977 to 1982 as the Director General of the Atlantic Institute for International Affairs in Paris. In September 1982, he became the first Dean Rusk Professor of International Relations at The University of Georgia. He also served as the Director of the Center for Global Policy Studies and Co-Director of the Center for East-West Trade Policy (Center for International Trade and Security) at the University. In 1983, Hillenbrand received a Director General's Cup, an award which recognizes retired Foreign Service officers for distinction in service and continued interest in foreign affairs. Upon his retirement from The University of Georgia in 1997, Hillenbrand completed his memoirs, Fragments of Our Time: Memoirs of a Diplomat. He authored, co-authored and edited four books and more than twenty-five book chapters and articles including: Power and Morals (1949); Zwischen Politik und Ethik (1968); The Future of Berlin (1980); Global Insecurity: A Strategy for Energy and Economic Renewal (1982); Germany In An Era of Transition (1984). In 1997, the Robert Bosch Foundation created the Martin J. Hillenbrand Fellowship at The University of Georgia's Department of Political Science.

Hillenbrand was married to Faith Stuart (1917-2004). The couple had three children David, John and Ruth. The Hillenbrands resided in Athens, Georgia until Martin Hillenbrand's death on February 2, 2005, at the age of 89.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of 18 interviews conducted by John Stark, Gary Bertsch, and Mary McKay with Dr. Martin J. Hillenbrand, for Stark's internship with the Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) in 2004. The Russell Library hired Stark, in May 2004, to transcribe the interviews, and he continued to conduct interviews with Dr. Hillenbrand through July of that year. The last interview Stark did with Hillenbrand was video recorded, with Gary Bertsch acting as co-interviewer. In September 2004 Mary McKay of the Russell Library interviewed Dr. Hillenbrand regarding his collection of photographs. Topics include the Berlin Crisis, European Union and its future, Hillenbrand's experience in Burma and India, origins of the Center for East-West Trade Policy (currently the CITS), meeting and marrying his wife, Hillenbrand's monograph Power and Morals, and international economics post-World War II.

Organization and Arrangement

Martin J. Hillenbrand Oral History Collection is arranged by interview.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Though the collection is open for research, reference copies of the audiovisual recordings are available upon request. Research requests will be filled as soon as possible and will be dependent upon the condition of the recordings.

Preferred Citation

Martin J. Hillenbrand Oral History Collection, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission to reproduce material for publication. Persons wishing to reproduce materials in the Russell Library collections should consult the Director. Reproduction or quotation of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2011.


Related Materials

Access Points

Ambassadors--United States--20th Century.
Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989.
Burma.
Cold War--Diplomatic history.
Diplomatic and consular service, American--Germany.
European Union.
Hillenbrand, Martin Joseph, 1915-2005.
Oral histories.
United States--Dept. of State.
United States--Foreign relations--20th century.
United States--Foreign relations--Germany.

Related Collections in this Repository

Martin J. Hillenbrand Papers

William Tapley Bennett, Jr. Papers

Dean Rusk Research Collection

Dean Rusk Oral History Project

Richard B. Russell, Jr. Collection


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Oral Histories

Extent: 18.0 interviews
Scope and Content: Collection consists of 18 interviews conducted by John Stark, Gary Bertsch, and Mary McKay with Dr. Martin J. Hillenbrand, for Stark's internship with the Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) in 2004. The Russell Library hired Stark, in May 2004, to transcribe the interviews, and he continued to conduct interviews with Dr. Hillenbrand through July of that year. The last interview Stark did with Hillenbrand was video recorded, with Gary Bertsch acting as co-interviewer. In September 2004 Mary McKay of the Russell Library interviewed Dr. Hillenbrand regarding his collection of photographs. Topics include the Berlin Crisis, European Union and its future, Hillenbrand's experience in Burma and India, origins of the Center for East-West Trade Policy (currently the CITS), meeting and marrying his wife, Hillenbrand's monograph Power and Morals, and international economics post-World War II.



OH MJH 01

Extent: 60 minutes; Transcript, 22 pp.
Scope and Contents note: Sound recording. European Union.
Conditions Governing Access note: Resource may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.
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OH MJH 02

Extent: 60 minutes; Transcript, 21 pp.
Scope and Content: Sound recording. Berlin Crisis; Berlin Wall--differing attitudes
Conditions Governing Access note: Resource may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.
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OH MJH 03

Extent: 60 minutes; Transcript, 22 pp.
Extent: 60 minutes; Transcript, 22 pp.
Scope and Content: Sound recording. Origins of the East/West Center for Trade; Wagner opera; Marshall Plan
Conditions Governing Access note: Resource may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.
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OH MJH 04

Extent: 60 minutes; Transcript, 20 pp.
Scope and Contents note: Sound recording. Imperial Russia, failed League of Nations; European Union Expansion (part 1)
Conditions Governing Access note: Resource may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.
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OH MJH 05

Extent: 60 minutes; Transcript, 20 pp.
Scope and Contents note: Sound recording. European Union Expansion (part 2)
Conditions Governing Access note: Resource may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.
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OH MJH 06

Extent: 60 minutes; Transcript, 19 pp.
Scope and Content: Sound recording. April 6: Morals; background on Power and Morals April 17: (Tape 2) Morality in the modern world. Dr. H's experience with morality and power as a diplomat: Burma stay, running amuck, non-violence practitioners in India
Conditions Governing Access note: Resource may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.
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OH MJH 07

Extent: 60 minutes; Transcript, 19 pp.
Scope and Contents note: Sound recording. Tape 1 of 2: Dr. Hillenbrand's childhood
Conditions Governing Access note: Resource may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.
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OH MJH 08

Extent: 60 minutes; Transcript, 24 pp.
Scope and Contents note: Sound recording. April 13: Tape 2 of 2: Dr. Hillenbrand's childhood April 17: (Tape 1) Dr. Hillenbrand's childhood
Conditions Governing Access note: Resource may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.
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OH MJH 09

Extent: 60 minutes; Transcript, 11 pp.
Scope and Contents note: Sound recording. Dr. Hillenbrand's experience in Burma; the courtship of his wife, Faith
Conditions Governing Access note: Resource may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.
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OH MJH 10

Extent: 60 minutes; Transcript, 18 pp.
Scope and Contents note: Sound recording. Side A: May 4, 2004. Wedding in Rangoon, 1941; Faith's odyssey to reunite with Dr. H. in Mozambique Side B: May 18, 2004. Courtship of Faith, discussions between Faith and Dr. H. re her evacuation from Rangoon
Conditions Governing Access note: Resource may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.
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OH MJH 11

Extent: 60 minutes; Transcript, 23 pp.
Scope and Contents note: Sound recording. Side A: Escape from Rangoon; living in Calcutta; maintaining liaison to the Burmese government while in exile Side B: Ph.D. research in India (non-violence philosophy); stay in Calcutta/Bombay; Indian desk assignment in D.C.
Conditions Governing Access note: Resource may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.
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OH MJH 12

Extent: 60 minutes; Transcript, 22 pp.
Scope and Contents note: Sound recording. Side A: Return to U.S. after service in Asia; Indian desk assignment in D.C. Side B: Work in Mozambique, 1940s?
Conditions Governing Access note: Resource may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.
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OH MJH 13

Extent: 60 minutes; Transcript, 27 pp.
Scope and Contents note: Sound recording. Path to Economic War: Side A: post WWII background of upcoming economic war, plans for Germany, competing interests among occupying powers, international law Side B: dynamics of Soviet leadership, relations between US and USSR, classical musicians, post-WWII policy formation
Conditions Governing Access note: Resource may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.
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OH MJH 14

Extent: 60 minutes; Transcript, 22 pp.
Scope and Contents note: Sound recording. Trade war between U.S. and European Union
Conditions Governing Access note: Resource may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.
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OH MJH 15

Extent: 60 minutes; Transcript, 31 pp.
Scope and Contents note: Sound recording. Side A (June 24): Impending Economic War between U.S. and Europe Side B (July 28): Switzerland (Zurich) post
Conditions Governing Access note: Resource may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.
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OH MJH 16

Extent: 130 minutes; Transcript, 50 pp.
Scope and Contents note: Moving image.
Conditions Governing Access note: Resource may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.
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UC 0248A Conversation with Martin J. Hillenbrand: A Diplomat's Perspective on Foreign Affairs, Past, Present, and Future, 2004 July 29



Hillenbrand Photograph Oral History

Extent: 60 minutes; Transcript, 22 pp.
Scope and Contents note: Sound recording.
Conditions Governing Access note: Resource may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.
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Hillenbrand Photograph Oral History

Extent: 60 minutes; Transcript, 19 pp.
Scope and Contents note: Sound recording.
Conditions Governing Access note: Resource may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.
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