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Jeffrey Davidow Papers

Identifier: MA.00101

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials relating chiefly to Jeffrey Davidow's diplomatic career in Latin America, particularly in his appointments as Ambassador to Venezuela and Mexico. The papers include Spanish and English language news clippings, business and personal documents, appointment books, photographs, speeches, transcripts of interviews, government reports and papers analyzing various policy issues.


  • Creation: 1993-2003


Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the Jeffrey Davidow Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes. This collection is housed in off-site storage and requires advance notice before use. Please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the Jeffrey Davidow Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Jeffrey Davidow was sworn in by then Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico on July 21, 1998. He was nominated for this appointment by then President Clinton on April 28, 1998, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 26. Davidow served as Ambassador to Mexico until September 2002.

Ambassador Davidow was a Presidential appointee on three prior occasions: as U.S. Ambassador to Zambia (1988-1990) and Venezuela (1993-1996), and as Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (1996-1998). A Foreign Service Officer of the U.S. Department of State since 1969, Davidow has spent much of his career focusing on Latin America. In addition to his ambassadorial positions, he has served in American Embassies in Guatemala, Chile, and Venezuela. He was also posted to South Africa and Zimbabwe. Davidow served as Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela from 1986 to 1988.

Originally from Brookline, Massachusetts, Ambassador Davidow studied at the University of Massachusetts (BA, 1965), the University of Minnesota (MA, 1967), and at Osmania University in Hyderabad, India (1968-69). While in the Foreign Service, he spent one year as a Fellow of the American Political Science Association working as a congressional staff aide (1979) and another year as a Fellow of the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University (1982).


4 Linear feet (4 records storage boxes)

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Jeffrey Davidow was Ambassador to Venezuela and Mexico and Asstistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs. This collection contains materials relating to his diplomatic career in Latin America, including news clippings, business and personal documents, appointment books, photographs, speeches, transcripts of interviews, and government reports.


This collection is organized into seven series:

  1. Series 1: Publications on Policy, circa 1993-2003
  2. Series 2: Interviews, circa 1993-2003
  3. Series 3: Schedules and Photographs, 1993-2002 and undated
  4. Series 4: Personal Letters and Memoranda, 1993-2002
  5. Series 5: Business Letters and Memoranda, 1994-2002
  6. Series 6: English Language News Clippings, 1993-2003
  7. Series 7: Spanish Language News Clippings, 1993-2003
Alicia Yang Cao
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Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
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Amherst MA 01002-5000
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