The Diplomatic Life…continued

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.

An Arabic news article detailing James P. Richards' arrival in Beirut, Lebanon.  January 17, 1957.

An Arabic news article detailing James P. Richards’ arrival in Beirut, Lebanon, circa January 17, 1957. Richards served as Special Assistant to President Eisenhower for the Middle East from January 1957 to January 1958.

Richards at one of his destinations as an envoy.  These included Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Tripoli and Turkey, among other countries. He also traveled to Formosa (Taiwan) and Malaya.

Richards at one of his destinations as an envoy. These included Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Libya, and Turkey. He also traveled to Formosa (Taiwan) and Malaya. Richards’ years of experience on the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee gave him the expertise for his diplomatic assignment.

Paul Kattenburg in one of his diplomatic postings in East Asia.

Paul Kattenburg in one of his diplomatic postings in East Asia.

 

An official review of Kattenburg's work by the State Department, 1946.  A number of documents on display show the intricate paperwork involved in a long-term diplomatic career such as his.

An official review of Kattenburg’s work by the State Department, 1946. A number of documents on display show the intricate paperwork involved in a long-term diplomatic career such as his.

President Clinton commends Rita Derrick Hayes on her work in his administration.  In 1996, Clinton had awarded her the rank of Ambassador for her service.

President Clinton commends Rita Derrick Hayes on her work in his administration. In 1996, Clinton had awarded her the rank of Ambassador for her service.

 

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