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Reminiscences of Elbridge Durbrow : oral history, 1981.

Creator: Durbrow, Elbridge, 1903-1997.
Project: Individual interviews oral history collection.
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Phys. Desc. :transcript 375 pages
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Foreign Service Officer, United States Department of State.

Scope and Contents

Born September 21, 1903, San Francisco; education: Yale University, B.A. Philosophy 1926; Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques, Diploma in Sciences Politiques, 1929; University of Chicago, postgraduate work, 1939-1940; graduate studies at Stanford University and L'Academie de Droit International de la Haye; career: United States Department of State, 1930; vice-consul, Warsaw, Poland, Bucharest, Romania and Moscow, U.S.S.R., 1930-1937; U.S. Consul, Naples, Italy, 1937-1939; U.S. Consul, Rome, Italy, and Lisbon, Portugal, 1940-1944; liaison secretary at the U.N. Monetary and Financial Conference, Bretton Woods, N.H., 1944; chief, Eastern European Division, State Department, 1944-46; counselor of embassy, Moscow, U.S.S.R., 1946-48; deputy for Foreign Affairs and instructor, National War College, 1948-50; chief, Division of Foreign Service Personnel, State Department, 1950; minister counselor, Rome, Italy, 1952-54; minister consul general, Singapore, 1954-7; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Saigon, South Vietnam, 1957-1961; alternate permanent representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Council, Paris, France, 1961-1965; advisor to the commander of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, 1965-68; retirement, 1968; post-retirement: chairman, American Foreign Policy Institute; director, Freedom Studies Center at the Institute for American Strategy; founder, American Security Council Foundation, 1977; reminiscences: World War II, Cold War, Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam War; World War II, Cold-War and Vietnam-era political and military figures; life in Europe, the Soviet Union and Southeast Asia; professional and personal anecdotes; family life.


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