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William Steen Gaud papers

Call Number: MS 941

Scope and Contents

The William S. Gaud Papers consist of correspondence, a diary, speeches, personal papers, photographs, printed matter, and memorabilia spanning his entire adult life. The most important papers are letters, speeches, a diary, and miscellaneous papers richly documenting his military service in Asia between 1943 and 1945. His service with the Agency for International Development is represented by photographs, clippings, speeches, memorabilia, and oral history interviews for the Kennedy and Johnson presidential libraries. There are also memorabilia from his years at Yale, letters to his wife from trips to Japan in 1955 and 1956, speeches from the 1970s, and letters of condolence to his widow.

The William S. Gaud Papers were given to Yale University Library by Eleanor Smith Gaud in 1979.


  • 1925-1978


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by William Steen Gaud has been transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact

Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Eleanor Smith Gaud in 1979.


3 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Correspondence, diary, speeches, Yale memorabilia, and papers relating to his service as an administrator with the U.S. Agency for International Development (1961-1969) in the Near East and South Asia. The most important papers are his letters to his wife, speeches, diary and other papers documenting his military service in Asia, 1943-1945. Other letters to his wife describe trips to Japan in 1955 and 1956. Included also are two oral history interviews made for the Kennedy and Johnson presidential libraries, 1966 and 1971.

Biographical / Historical

(This vita was prepared shortly before Mr. Gaud's death in 1977.)


Received B.A. degree from Yale College.
Received LL.B. degree cum laude from Yale Law School. Was editor of Yale Law Journal.
1931 - 1933
Instructor, Yale Law School.
1933 - 1935
Law practice with Van Vorst, Siegel & Smith, 25 Broad Street, New York City.
1935 - 1941
Assistant Corporation Counsel of the City of New York.
1941 - 1945
Army of the United States. Two years' service overseas in China-Burma-India Theater. Attained grade of Colonel. Awarded Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, and Order of the British Empire.
1945 - 1946
Special Assistant to Secretary of War Patterson.
1946 - 1961
Law practice as a partner in Carter, Ledyard & Milburn, 2 Wall Street, New York City.
1961 - 1964
Assistant Administrator for the Near East and South Asia, Agency for International Development.
1964 -1966
Deputy Administrator, Agency for International Development.
1966 -1969
Administrator, Agency for International Development.
Consultant, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Washington, D. C.
1969 - Aug. 1974
Executive Vice President, International Finance Corporation.
Oct. 1974 -1976
Consultant, World Bank Group
1976 - ?
National Chairman, Population Crisis Committee, Washington, D. C.

Born August 9, 1907, New York, N.Y. Grew up in Charleston, S.C. In 1935 married the former Eleanor Mason Smith of New York City. They had one daughter, Anne Timothy Tinker, a graduate of Vassar College.

Prior to 1961 political and civic activities in Greenwich included: Member of Board of Estimate & Taxation; Member of Representative Town Meeting; Chairman of the Flood and Erosion Control Board; President of the Community Chest and Council; President of the Field Club.

Member of the Council on Foreign Relations; The Metropolitan Club; The American College of Trial Lawyers.

Guide to the William Steen Gaud Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Susan Grigg
May 1980
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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