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Series 6: Photographs, 1916-1986


Scope and Contents

Series 6: Photographs, includes photographs of JJM, his activities, and his associates throughout the course of his public career. Material includes portraits of JJM and others, and official government photographs from the War Department and HICOG years. There are few family or personal photographs. Wherever possible, individuals, activities, and locations are identified. The number in parentheses following the description indicates the number of separate images in the folder, with any duplicates of specific images noted. A complete list of duplicate photographs is last.

The series is divided into seven sub-series. Unless otherwise noted, material within a sub-series is arranged alphabetically by event, place, or person.

The series includes photographs from the 1985, 1986, and 1990 accessions of McCloy Papers. Folders or individual items are annotated with JJM2 to indicate they are newer material.

Sub-series A: John J. McCloy Portraits - includes formal portraits of JJM. These are identified where possible according to JJM's office or position at the time, otherwise by photographer or type (e.g., passports). This sub-series also has a small number of sketches and cartoons depicting JJM. Arranged alphabetically by name or title.

Sub-series B: Portraits - Other People - includes portraits of others.

Sub-series C: Family/Personal - involves photographs of JJM involved in non-official activities (e.g., weddings) and of the family vacation spot in upstate New York. Includes a photograph of JJM's father as a young man.

Sub-series D: General - includes photographs of various events and individuals. Of particular interest are photographs of JJM in the Army during World War I and a "This Is Your Life" booklet put together from a slide show by JJM's Amherst College classmates.

Sub-series E: War Department - contains mostly US government (Army Signal Corps.) photographs of important WWII diplomatic or ceremonial events: the Cairo Conference, the Quebec Conference, etc. Included are images of many world and military leaders, such as Winston Churchill and General George Marshall.

Sub-series F: High Commissioner of Germany (HICOG) - involves mostly HICOG Public Information Office or other publicity photographs of official activities. Includes a few "souvenir" pictures sent to JJM by individuals. See Series 3, Scrapbooks, for a pictorial scrapbook of JJM's years as High Commissioner.

Sub-series G: Unidentified - includes images of unidentified individuals for whom no date or context could be determined.

Sub-series H and I contain photocopies or duplicates of photographs.


  • 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)

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Related Materials

RELATED SERIES: Series 3: Scrapbooks also contains a large number of photographs.

RELATED COLLECTIONS: Researchers interested in photographs of JJM are further directed to the Amherst College Archives' biographical files (Class of 1916) and the Archives' Photographic Images Collection.

Location Within Collection

Boxes 15-16; Oversize boxes 25, 27

Genre / Form

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