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Sub-series A: Personal Documents and Government Service


Scope and Contents

From the Series:

Includes documents, biographical information, correspondence, and other material relating to JJM as an individual, rather than as the holder of a given office. Very little of the material is truly "personal" in the sense of being related to JJM's private or family life.

Sub-series A: Personal Documents and Government Service - includes documents (birth certificate, army documents, bar credentials, passports, etc.), correspondence regarding JJM's potential service in the Cabinet and other government positions, and a small amount of family-related material.

Sub-series B: Correspondence - Includes correspondence, mostly from the 1940's, of a general, personal, or unofficial nature. Many of the letters include exchanges of ideas on current events, foreign policy, and other subjects. The material is also interesting for what it reveals about JJM's friendships. Of particular interest is the correspondence with JJM's early mentors Colonel Guy Preston, Colonel Henry Stimson, and Justice Felix Frankfurter and with his longtime friend General George Marshall. (Note that official correspondence with these and other individuals is filed in the series to which it pertains.)

Sub-series C: Requests - Consists mainly of requests for JJM's autograph. Most of the requests were made in the 1960's, and many were made because of his connections with John Kennedy and the Warren Commission. In a few cases, the writer also asked for JJM's opinion about a given subject (e.g., the Warren Commission's findings, Lyndon Johnson as a president), to which JJM generally replied. Material within the subseries is arranged alphabetically by person or type.

Sub-series D: Foreign Affairs Articles - Includes notes, correspondence, and article drafts for Foreign Affairs articles from 1947, 1949, and 1966.


  • Creation: 1916-1986


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

From the Collection: English

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