A new exhibit now graces the South Carolina Political Collections gallery. Experience The Diplomatic Life through September 1st in the Hollings Library. Here at Political Collections, we have the papers of a lot of congressmen, governors, judges, and so on, but did you know we have the papers of diplomats? Dorothy and I thought it about time to shine some light on them.
Diplomacy is influenced by representatives in the legislative and executive branches (boy, do we have some congressional travel files we could show you!) but diplomacy is officially the domain of the diplomatic corps: negotiators and delegates, foreign service officers, and ambassadors, all representing their country in a multitude of ways. In The Diplomatic Life, we attempt to look at this multitude.
This exhibit examines in brief the careers of six individuals navigating different avenues of American diplomatic service. We explore the realities and challenges of ambassadorial appointments to Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Canada, and the World Trade Organization, along with a diplomatic career in the U.S. Foreign Service and a unique assignment as a Special Assistant to the President on a Middle East mission in the 1950s.
Every item in this blog post is on display, representing each of the six diplomats. We want to show you more, though, especially if you can’t visit us in person. This month and next, we’ll put up posts looking more closely at items in the exhibit and explaining how they represent different facets of a diplomat’s career.