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Series 4: Speeches, 1941-1985


Scope and Contents

Series 4: Speeches, 1941-1985 - includes public statements made in JJM's various official and unofficial capacities, beginning when he was Assistant Secretary of War. The speeches were received by Amherst College in the form of forty-two spiral-bound volumes. These were disassembled and the original order retained.

The series is divided into three sub-series:

Sub-series A includes public speeches, lectures, Congressional testimony, broadcast interviews, oral history, and a few published articles. Audiences addressed in the speeches include: Amherst College students and alumni; other educational institutions; government agencies; the press; business associations, and private and social clubs. The series is arranged chronologically and contains handwritten, typed, and printed texts, as well as a small number of notes and ancillary materials. (All versions of a given speech are housed together.) Two volumes of the speeches (originally numbered VI and VI-A) overlap for the period 1949 Oct 4 to 1951 Jan 1. Many of the speeches from the period 1949-1952, when JJM was High Commissioner of Germany, are in German as well as English. Speeches found loose among the papers were added to the Speeches series in chronological order, with a code (-) to indicate that they were not part of the original set of bound volumes. Most of the speech listings include notes as to subjects covered by the speech. These notes were taken from information supplied by JJM's office.

The following abbreviations appearing in the speech descriptions indicate broad categories of type of speech:

INS: inspirational

REM: reminiscences

SOW: state of the world

Sub-series B includes printed material related to certain speeches. In some cases, JJM's speech was included in a larger volume (such as Congressional proceedings), or was accompanied by related material (such as a summary report for hearings of which JJM's testimony formed a part). This material is listed in Sub-series B and is referenced in the Sub-series A contents list by asterisks (*). Photocopies of the portions pertaining directly to JJM are included in the appropriate folders in Sub-series A.

Sub-series C includes oversized material and unidentified drafts of speeches. This material is described at the folder level without any indication of subject matter. Also included are dictaphone tapes of a speech given at the launch of the U.S.S. Stimson.


  • 1941-1985

Conditions Governing Access

In general, there is no restriction on access to the John J. McCloy Papers for research use. Selected items may be restricted to protect the privacy rights of individuals or for other legal reasons. Particularly fragile items may have been replaced with copies. Material from other collections, which may be found in the McCloy Papers, cannot be duplicated.


From the Collection: 59.5 Linear feet (52 records cartons, 28 flat boxes, 1 scroll box, 2 map case drawers)

Language of Materials


Related Materials

Series 3: Scrapbooks, Series 5: Awards, Series 6: Photographs, and Series 33: Correspondence include photographs and information directly related to JJM's speaking engagements. The speeches span JJM's entire public career and thus are related in their content to most of the other series in the collection.

Location Within Collection

Boxes 9-13

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
61 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2299