A Guide to the Additional Louis J. Halle, Jr. Papers Halle, Louis, Jr. 10603-g

A Guide to the Additional Louis J. Halle, Jr. Papers

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Collection Number
Additional Louis J. Halle, Jr. Papers 1938-1987
ca. 3,850

Administrative Information

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There are no restrictions.

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See the University of Virginia Library’s use policy.

Preferred Citation

Papers of Louis Joseph Halle, 1938-1987, Accession #10603-g, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Acquisition Information

Mr. Louis J. Halle, Jr. of Geneva, Switzerland, gave the Library this addition to his papers on July 1, 1987.

Funding Note

Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


This addition to the Louis J. Halle, Jr.Collection, consisting of ca. 3,850 items (13 Hollinger boxes; ca. 4.5 linear feet), 1938-1987, contains a chronological correspondence file kept by Louis J. Halle, Jr.'s secretary during his tenure at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland, topical correspondence, and lecture notes, talks, speeches, articles, and book reviews by Louis J. Halle, Jr.. The composition of this group of papers is very similiar to previous Louis J. Halle, Jr.accessions but the collection contains more material from his tenure in the State Department, departmental correspondence as a professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, and many more of his earlier lectures.

The chronological correspondence file of outgoing Louis J. Halle, Jr.letters generally concerns the business of the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Louis J. Halle, Jr.'s lecture and speaking engagements, personal business, and the publication of Louis J. Halle, Jr.'s books, especially Cold War as Historyand The Society of Man.

Other topics include: the Cold War (November 8, 1965); the Foreign Service Act of 1946 (January 31, 1966); the Rockefeller Foundation(February 25, 1966); the division of Berlinin August of 1961 (March 7, 1966); response to George Kennan's comments concerning Cold War as History(April 27, 1966); Strategic Studies Program at Geneva(June 1967); notes on Peace on Earth Assembly at Geneva(June 2, 1967); problems with university publishing (April 21 & May 30, 1967); Louis J. Halle, Jr.'s departure from the State Department(April 11, 1967); Great Britainand nuclear weapons (April 11, 1967 & January 20, 1970); discussion of a curriculum of international relations (March 24, 1967); the development of East-West relations (March 3, 1967); contemporary history (August 3, 1967); violence and polemic license (May 13, June 12 & December 10, 1968); William Shakespeare's identity (February 5, 1968); the purpose of universities (December 19, 1969); the academic establishment (October 21, 1970); and Vietnam(June 26, 1970).

Occasionally miscellaneous articles and drafts appear in the chronological file. These include: "The Danger That Our Power Poses for Us" (ca. March 31, 1967); "Hamlet and the World" afterword (November 27, 1967); "The U.S. in the Far East" introduction (November 20, 1967); a draft concerning Keesing's Contemporary Archives(October 6, 1967); "A Multitude of Cold Wars" (March 4, 1968); " George Kennanand the Common Mind" (March 1, 1968); "International Behavior and the Prospects for Human Survival" (January 14, 1969); "Observations on the Proposed Program of Civilization and Foreign Affairs Put Forward by Fletcher" (June 16, 1969); "Professionalism and the Foreign Service" (January 14, 1969); colloquium on "Nato and Security in the Seventies" (October 8-11, 1969); "Between Arms Race, Arms Control, and Crisis Management -The Dialogue of the Superpowers" (September 15, 1969); "What Do We Mean By a World at Peace?" (March 6-8, 1970); and "Poetry and Statesmanship" (May 29, 1971).

Subjects or correspondents in individual topical files will be listed under the name of the file as follows:

British Broadcasting Corporationincludes correspondence from George Fischer; the invasion of Czechoslovakia, liberalization of East Europeand the Soviet Union(August 28, 1968); a Dean Ruskinterview concerning communism, the VietnamWar, Chinese-American relations, and the 1961 ViennaSummit Meeting between John F. Kennedyand Nikita Khruschev(December 14, 1976); a talk on the written English language and the theory of knowledge (August 24, 1977); and a talk on the human mind titled "Mind: Chance or Necessity" (July 29, 1977).

State DepartmentCareer contains several articles, "New Weapons and the Future," "History and the Present," "Our Deteriorating Latin American Relations," "The Problem of Formulating American Foreign Policy," "Communist Experience," "Force and Consent in International Affairs," "A Critique of Current U.S. Foreign Policy," and "Morals and Foreign Policy." Also present is a carbon of a letter from Louis J. Halle, Jr.to John Foster Dulles, July 28, 1954, written upon Louis J. Halle, Jr.'s departure from State Departmentservice. In it, Louis J. Halle, Jr.urges the use of calculated restraint in international affairs, furnishing examples of problems resulting from lack of it and specifying objectives for the State Department.

Cass Canfieldof Harper and Brothersusually concerns the publication of several Louis J. Halle, Jr.books, Choice for Survival, Civilization and Foreign Policy, and Dream and Reality, but also discusses the case of government atomic advisor Dr. Robert Oppenheimer(June 3, 1954).

Civilization and Foreign Policy contains reviews concerning the book, correspondence with Cass Canfieldand Ivan von Auw, Jr., as well as George Kennan(January 26, 1955); Ken Thompson(January 3, 1955); Joseph Halle Schaffner(December 30, 1954); Dean Acheson(December 23, 1953 & March 5, May 26, & October 5, 1954); and Walter Lippmann(July 21, 1954). Also present is a biographical sketch of Louis J. Halle, Jr.(October 22, 1954).

Encounter includes several Louis J. Halle, Jr.articles and his correspondence with its editor Melvin J. Lasky. Among these are: "Truth and Consequences" (September 3, 1962); "The Problem of Two Germanies: A Fabian Approach" (February 21, 1964); "The Flickering Lamp" (August 13, 1967); "Lessons of the Nuclear Age" (July 4, 1967 & March 17, 1969); "Why the Revolt Against Hitler Was Ignored: A Note in the Margin of David Astor's Page" (July 8, 1969); " Karl Marx: His Death and Resurrection" (attached to October 7, 1969); "A World At Peace ?" (December 15, 1970); and "Western Cohesion and Alternative Patterns for the 1970's" (October 23, 1970). Other subjects or writers include: Alastair Buchan(July 4 & September 15,1967); United Statesstudent extremists (August 9, 1969); the "hero worship" of Mahatma Gandhiand Karl Marx(October 7, 1969); and the Japanese translation of Cold War as History(November 7, 1969).

International Institute for Strategic Studiescontains Alastair Buchan's "The American Temper 1966," notes concerning the United States(June 14, 1966), and Louis J. Halle, Jr.'s "Strategy and Ideology" (September 13, 1968).

George Kennan's correspondence contains copies of many of his own articles, such as: "Credo of a Civil Servant" (February 12, 1954); Address at the University of Notre Dame(May 15,1953); Address at Princeton University(February 21, 1953); Address at the meeting of the Pennsylvania Bar Association(January 16, 1953); "History and Diplomacy as Viewed by a Diplomatist" (January 20 & May 1, 1956); "Industrial Society and Western Political Dialogue" (ca. 1959); and "Rebels Without a Program" (June 7, 1968).

Other topics include: Louis J. Halle, Jr.'s response to George Kennan's "Notes for Essays: 1951-1952" (June 19, 1953); the political slant of the security program of 1954 (December 15, 1954); morality in foreign policy (April 12, 1955 & January 9, 1956); Louis J. Halle, Jr.'s preparation of his lectures (March 8, 1957); Kennan's earlier tour of South America(March 17, 1959); the political environment of 1960 (February 22, 1960); Kennan's comments regarding Cold War as History(April 20, 1966); Kennan's Memoirs(January 16 & 22, 1968); Kennan's opinion concerning Richard Nixon's overture to China(attached to January 11, 1972); and nuclear weapons (July 17, 1977).

Manas has "Why is There No Voltaire" (July 31, 1968), and a discussion of the presumption of scientists regarding political questions (July 1, 1968).

Ernst Mayrconcerning evolutionary theory (April 18 & 29, 1983) and his meeting with the young Louis J. Halle, Jr.(February 14, 1983).

Men and Nations folders contain scattered correspondence with Walter Lippmannand Alastair Buchanand several Harry Simpleessays.

NATO Defense Collegefolder consists of several lectures given by Louis J. Halle, Jr.at the College, including: "The Balance of Power as a Stabilizing Factor in International Relations" (November 9, 1976); "The Causes of the Conflict Between East and West (February 27, 1973 & September 10, 1974); "Basic Changes in International Relations in the 20th Century" (1973); "The Role of Military Force in the Nuclear Age" (1962); "Military Power as an Instrument of Policy in the Nuclear Age" (1958, 1959, & 1961); and "The Armed Forces as an Element of Power" (1958). There is also a letter from Stansfield Turner(July 22, 1975).

Nature of Power has a letter from Dean Acheson, October 26, 1954, and a discussion of the book title (September 28 & October 15, 1954).

Personal file kept by Louis J. Halle, Jr.while employed at the State Departmentand containing publishing suggestions, family correspondence, letters of introduction, and others. Topics and correspondents include: Charles Gamper(July 16, 1945); the protection of the Duck Hawk (June 18, 1945); Rita Halle Kleemanregarding community projects for Mexican laborers (July 19 & 26, 1945); Bolivian affairs (July 18 & 28, 1945); a Conservation Conference (March 30 & May 1, 1946); description of Louis J. Halle, Jr.'s various jobs in the State Department(October 28, November 3 & 20, 1947); article on birds of Argentina(October 20 & November 10, 1947); controversy regarding William Vogt's Road to Survival(January 10, 1949); and Andrew V. Corry(January 8, February 13, & April 30, 1949).

United NationsRelief and Rehabilitation Administration mission to Latin America; Louis J. Halle, Jr.joined the organization as Diplomatic Advisor in August 1, 1944, and this file contains the itinerary for this wartime mission (October 9, 1944).

The third series of this collection consists of articles, books reviews, talks, and lectures prepared by Louis J. Halle, Jr.. The following publications represent the majority of these articles and book reviews: Foreign Service Journal, Atlantic Naturalist, The New Republic, Encounter, Manas, Saturday Review, Audubon, especially the issue on Antarctica(March 1973), British Birds, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. Among the miscellaneous articles is Louis J. Halle, Jr.'s letter to the editor of The Timesconcerning the Cuban Missile Crisis and the British Press (1962).

Louis J. Halle, Jr.'s lectures, 1947-1974, cover the period from his employment by the State Departmentuntil his retirement from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.


The collection arrived at the Library in fair order and the orginal reverse chronological order and subject divisions have been maintained. The papers are arranged in the following series:

I) Chronological Correspondence (Boxes 1-2)

II) Topical Correspondence (Boxes 3-7)

III) Articles, Book Reviews, and Lectures (7-13)

Item Listing

  • Box 1
    (5 folders)
  • Box 2
    (6 folders)
  • Box 3
    British Broadcasting Corporation
    (2 folders)
  • Box 3
    State Department Career and Related Material
  • Box 3
    Cass Canfield
    (2 folders)
  • Box 4
    Choice for Survival
  • Box 4
    Civilization and Foreign Policy
    (3 folders)
  • Box 4
    (2 folders)
  • Box 4
    International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Box 5
    George Kennan
    (2 folders)
  • Box 5
  • Box 5
    Ernst Mayr
  • Box 5
    Men and Nations
    (2 folders)
  • Box 5
    Miscellaneous Articles, Book Reviews, & Speeches
    (2 folders)
  • Box 6
    Morgenthau Festscrift
  • Box 6
    NATO Defense College
    (2 folders)
  • Box 6
    The Nature of Power
  • Box 6
    (2 folders)
  • Box 6
    Protection of Nature in Switzerland
  • Box 6
  • Box 7
    "Strategy vs Ideology"
  • Box 7
    United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration Mission
  • Box 7
    The U.S. Acquires the Philippines
  • Box 7
    "Venice in Time"
  • Box 7
    Articles in The Atlantic Naturalist
  • Box 7
    Articles in Foreign Service Journal
  • Box 8
    Articles - Miscellaneous
    (3 folders)
  • Box 8
    Articles re Nature
  • Box 8
    Articles in New Republic
    1957-1974, n.d.
    (2 folders)
  • Box 8
    Book Reviews - Miscellaneous
    1941-1976, n.d
  • Box 8
    Book Reviews in The Saturday Review
  • Box 8
    "The United States in the Far East: Variations on a Theme"
  • Box 9
    Lectures at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • Box 9
    Franco-American Conference
    1958 Mar-Apr
  • Box 9
    Lectures re the "Fundamental Character of International Relations"
  • Box 9
    Lectures at Geneva (Winter Semester)
  • Box 9
    Lectures at Geneva (Summer Semester)
  • Box 9
    Geneva Meeting re "The Conditions for and the Character of a Sucessful East-West Negotiation"
    1958 Mar 25-26
  • Box 9
    Grimshaw Lectures
  • Box 9
    Lectures on "The Historical Imagination"
    (2 folders)
  • Box 10
    Lectures on "History and International Relations"
    (5 folders)
  • Box 11
    Lectures on "Ideology and International Relations"
    (4 folders)
  • Box 11
    Lectures on "Ideology and International Relations" - Variants on the first six lectures
  • Box 11
    Lectures on "The Korean War"
  • Box 12
    Lectures and Speeches - Miscellaneous
    1947-19[74], n.d.
    (5 folders)
  • Box 13
    Lecture re "The Object of and the Approaches to the Study of International Relations"
    1971 & n.d.
  • Box 13
    Lectures on "The United States and the Far East"
    (2 folders)
  • Box 13
    Lectures on "The United States and the Far East"
    (3 folders)
  • Box 13
    "What Needs to Be Done in the Field of West European Studies," a paper prepared for the Ford Foundation
    1964 Aug 31

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Alastair Buchan
  • Andrew V. Corry
  • Cass Canfield
  • Charles Gamper
  • David Astor
  • Dean Acheson
  • Dean Rusk
  • Ernst Mayr
  • George Fischer
  • George Kennan
  • Harry Simple
  • Ivan von Auw, Jr.
  • John F. Kennedy
  • John Foster Dulles
  • Joseph Halle Schaffner
  • Karl Marx
  • Ken Thompson
  • Louis J. Halle, Jr.
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Melvin J. Lasky
  • Nikita Khruschev
  • Richard Nixon
  • Rita Halle Kleeman
  • Robert Oppenheimer
  • Stansfield Turner
  • Walter Lippmann
  • William Shakespeare
  • William Vogt

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Antarctica
  • Argentina
  • Berlin
  • China
  • Czechoslovakia
  • Europe
  • Geneva
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Great Britain
  • Latin America
  • South America
  • Soviet Union
  • United States
  • Vienna
  • Vietnam