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Richards, James P. (1894-1979)
Papers, 1932-1974, 10 ft.
James Prioleau "Dick" Richards represented South Carolina's Fifth District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1933 until his retirement following the 1956 session. He served on the Foreign Affairs committee throughout his Congressional career and became expert in the subject. Richards served as Special Assistant to President Eisenhower for the Middle East from January 1957 to January 1958. In this capacity he visited Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Libya, and Turkey, among other countries. He also traveled to Formosa (Taiwan) and Malaya. At each stop he met with the nations' leaders and attempted to convince them to strengthen their ties to the United States.
Collection Finding Aid (pdf, 7 pages)
The collection relates to Richards' Middle East mission in 1957 and 1958, as well as significant records of his career in the House, and ably documents Richards’ interest and expertise in foreign policy. The collection has been arranged into five main series: Correspondence, 1932 to 1933, 1941 to 1974; Topical Files, c. 1933 to 1958; Photographs; Newspaper Clippings; and House of Representatives Journals.
Memory Hold the Door (USC Law School)