Recently Lori wrote about our latest exhibit, “The Diplomatic Life,” and how it depicts the various functions and facets of diplomatic service as documented by six of our collections. These include the papers of James P. Richards, Paul Kattenburg, Rita Derrick Hayes, John West, Richard “Dixie” Walker, and David Wilkins.
All of these individuals played slightly different roles in the diplomatic sphere. The latter three were in a role familiar to the general public, that of ambassador–although they served in widely varied times and places. The other forms of diplomatic work displayed in the exhibit might be a little less visible or straightforward, but no less important. This was the case for the other three individuals highlighted: Richards, Kattenburg, and Hayes.
Richards served as a special presidential envoy to the Middle East in the 1950s, and Kattenburg had a lengthy and distinguished career in the U.S. Foreign Service. Also documented is the service of Hayes, who represented the United States in the realm of trade policy, via the World Trade Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Here are a few items from the exhibit from their respective collections.