Conference on Problems of American Foreign Policy records, 1950-1961, bulk 1950-1956
A Guide to the Records at the Indiana University Archives
Finding aid prepared by John Cash.
Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management
1320 East Tenth Street
Herman B Wells Library E460
Bloomington, IN 47405-7000
Indiana University. President.
Conference on Problems of American Foreign
Policy records,1950-1961, bulk 1950-1956
1 cubic foot
Materials are in English.
This series of conferences was held
annually at Indiana University from 1950 through 1956. They were organized by a
committee under the general direction of the university president's office in
cooperation with the U.S. Dept. of State and with funding from the Lilly Endowment.
Collection consists of correspondence, financial records, working papers, invitations,
programs, and publicity materials.
This collection is open for research.
Advance notice is required.
This series of conferences was held annually at IU from 1950 through 1956. It was
organized by a committee under the general direction of the office of President Herman B
Wells in co-operation with the US Department of State, and with funding from the Lilly
Endowment. The primary organizational work was done by Peter Fraenkel of the President’s
office and Austin V. Clifford of the Law School. Others who were active in organizing
the conferences included Edward Buehrig, Department of Government; Frank Lee Benns,
Department of History; and John T. Hays, of Hays & Hays Law Firm.
The conferences sought to bring State Department officials together with academic and
civic leaders from the Midwest for frank discussions of current foreign policy problems.
In this they were successful. However, recognizing that they were not moving beyond
discussions of current events to the deeper issues of the nature and purpose of foreign
policy per se, the committee determined to end the conference in its current form in the
spring of 1957. Planning for a renewed conference continued into 1960, but none was
Records organized into one series, Administrative files, and then further organized into
nine subseries representing each planned conference.
Scope and Content Note
These files were generated by various IU participants, but seem to be primarily those of
the President’s office. An inventory was made in 1994, and duplicate printed material
was discarded, but no attempt was made to reorganize the material within the folders.
During processing, working papers were unified, financial records combined,
correspondence related to planning and organization was separated from invitations and
correspondence with guests, and the records arranged in chronological order. The records
are organized into one series, Administrative files. Each conference represents a
sub-series. Within each sub-series, folders contain working papers, organizational
correspondence, invitations and related correspondence, programs and packets,
requisitions and vouchers, and publicity and news clippings, all in chronological
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
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Copyright interests for this collection have been transferred to the Trustees of
Indiana University. For more information, contact the Indiana University
[Item], Conference on Problems of American Foreign Policy records, Collection C241,
Indiana University Archives.
Processed by John Cash.
Completed in 2004.
Administrative files, 1950-1961
Conference on Problems of American Foreign Policy, 22-24 June 1950
Working papers, 22 Apr. 1950 – 13 Sep.
Correspondence, 13 Feb. 1950 – 25 Jun.
Invitations, 6 Jun. 1950 – 30 Jul.
Requisitions and vouchers, 9 Jun. 1950 – 9 Aug.
Agendas, publicity and programs, 18 Jun. 1950 – 27 Jun. 1950,
2nd Conference on Problems of American Foreign Policy, 20-21 July 1951
Working papers (Fraenkel’s files), 2 Feb. 1951 – 24 Aug. 1951,
Correspondence, 30 Jan. 1951 – 18 Dec.
Correspondence (Wells, Clifford, Fraenkel), 17 May 1951 – 23 Jul. 1951
Invitations, rosters, and administrative arrangements, July 1951,
Requisitions and vouchers, 18 Jul. 1951 – 20 Sep.
Agendas, publicity and publications, Summer 1950 – Summer
3rd Conference on Problems of American Foreign Policy, 11-12 July 1952
Correspondence, 28 Aug. 1951 – 6 Aug.
Correspondence (Fraenkel’s file), 22 Jun. 1952 – 10 Sep. 1952,
Programs, rosters, packets, undated
Requisitions and vouchers, 3 Jul. 1953 – 12 Nov.
4th Conference on Problems of American Foreign Policy, 10-11 July 1953
Correspondence 1 Dec. 1952 – 10 Sep.
Pamphlets, agendas, press release, undated
Receipts and vouchers, 3 Jul. 1953 – 12 Nov.
5th Conference on Problems of American Foreign Policy, 9-10 July 1954
Correspondence, 28 Sep. 1953 – 14 Oct.
General correspondence (Fraenkel’s file), 18 Mar. 1954 – 14 Sep. 1954,
Requisitions and vouchers, 11 May 1954 – 20 Jul.
Agendas, news clippings, guest book, October 1953 – 29 Jul. 1954,
6th Conference on Problems of American Foreign Policy, 24-25 June 1955
Acknowledged correspondence (Fraenkel’s file), 9 Nov. 1954 – 18 Aug. 1955,
General correspondence, 9 Nov. 1954 – 8 Apr.
“Conference on Values” materials from general correspondence,
5 May 1958
Vouchers, news clippings, 26 Apr. 1955 – 30 Aug.
7th Conference on Problems of American Foreign Policy, 29-30 June 1956
Correspondence, 28 Jun. 1955 – 7 Dec.
Vouchers and receipts, 13 Jan. 1956 – 28 Aug.
1957 Conference on Problems of American Foreign Policy
Correspondence, receipts, 3 Jul. 1956 – 18 Jun.
Conference on Problems of American Foreign Policy (not
Correspondence, account statements, 31 Oct. 1959 – 28 Feb. 1961