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Walter Bedell Smith papers

Call Number: MS 388

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and writings of Walter Bedell Smith, relating to My Three Years in Moscow, a book published in 1950.


  • 1949-1950


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The materials are open for research.

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1.5 Linear Feet

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Correspondence and writings of Walter Bedell Smith, relating to My Three Years in Moscow, a book published in 1950.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 5, 1895, Walter Bedell Smith graduated from various military schools before graduating from Army War College in 1937. He was an army officer from 1910 to 1945, becoming major general in 1945 and later, general. He served with General Staff Corps in 1940 and was secretary for the U.S. Combined Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1941 and 1942. He was Chief of Staff for the Allied Force Headquarters in North Africa between 1942 and 1944. Between 1946 and 1949, he served as U.S. ambassador to the U.S.S.R. He was then director of the Central Intelligence Agency between 1950 and 1953, then becoming Undersecretary of State until 1954. He was also a member of the boards of several corporations. Smith died on August 9, 1961, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Guide to the Walter Bedell Smith Papers
Under Revision
compiled by John Espy
November 1980
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Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
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Finding aid written in English.

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