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A Guide to the Papers of J. Rives Childs, 1950(1975-1987) Childs, J. Rives, Papers 9256-v

A Guide to the Papers of J. Rives Childs, 1950(1975-1987)

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Special Collections, University of Virginia Library
Accession number
Papers of J. Rives Childs, 1950(1975-1987)
Physical Characteristics
This collection consists of 834 items, 1950(1975-1987), containing the personal papers of J. Rives Childs (1893-1987), retired foreign service officer

Administrative Information

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Use Restrictions

See the University of Virginia Library’s use policy.

Preferred Citation

Papers of J. Rives Childs, Accession #9256-v, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Acquisition Information

This collection was made a gift to the Library by Mrs. Hilda Schroetter of Richmond, Virginia, on November 2, 1990.

Scope and Content Information

This collection consists of 834 items, 1950(1975-1987), containing the personal papers of J. Rives Childs (1893-1987), retired foreign service officer. Following his military career during World War I, Childs entered the American Consular Service in 1923, and served in Israel, Romania, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kingdom Yemen, and [Kingdom] Ethiopia, until his retirement in 1953. Ambassador Childs authored several books, including Reliques of the Rives (1929); American Foreign Service (1948); Casanoviana (1956); Casanova, A Biography Based on New Documents (1961); Collector's Quest: The Correspondence of Henry Miller and J. Rives Childs, 1947-1965 (1968); Farewell to Foreign Service: Thirty Years in the Near East (1969); Vignettes, or Autobiographical Fragments (1977); and, his complete autobiography Let the Credit Go (1983). Included are correspondence, financial and legal papers, personal and miscellaneous papers, and printed material related to J. Rives Childs during his later years while living in Richmond, Virginia, especially his interest in Randolph-Macon College and the Virginia Museum.

The correspondence, 1950(1975-1984), reveals the high regard and affection felt for Childs by his family, friends, and acquaintances. Among the correspondence is a copy of a letter, August 28, 1950, from President Harry S. Truman to Childs, concerning his resignation as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Minister to the Kingdom of Yemen. There is a letter, June 5, 1975, from Theodore J. Hadraba, Executive Director of Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired, about their library's holdings of Childs' books. Letters from August 4, 1977, August 25 and September 12, 1978, and March 5, 1981, are concerned with Childs' Casanova. A letter, April 3, 1979, from Christiana Rives de Chaugrigny, Nice, France, mentions Ambassador Gazell, Ambassador Francois Briere, Madame Crossa-Raynaud, Mr. and Mrs. William Swayne, and the American Consulate in Nice-Monaco. There is a carbon of a letter, April 28, 1979, from Childs, to the Embassy of the United States of America, Prague, Czechoslovakia, concerning their treatment of Marco Leeflang. Other correspondents include Giuseppe Bignami, Genova, Italy (February 14, 1983); Jamie H. Cockfield, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia (August 3 and September 28, 1983); John Boyd (January 23 and March 3, 1984); Francis L. Mars, Nice, France (March 5 and April 9, 1984); Marco Leeflang, Utrecht, Netherlands (May 3, 1984); and, Jane Sommerich, representative at the United Nations (May 5, 1984). There are also several letters from Herrick Black Young: September 28, 1982, in which he sends a copy of Childs' TMs "The March of Modernism in Persia"; October 5, 1982, in which he encloses a photograph of Childs with companions at a wayside teahouse; and September 20, 1983, in which he sends an account of an "Interview with General Douglas MacArthur/Tokyo, August 28, 1947." Financial papers, 1968-1987, include reports on dividends, savings and checking accounts, and securities. Legal papers, 1977-1981, include a purchase agreement, 1977, between Childs and Stanton L. Triester for Casanova; last will and testament, 1979, for Childs, along with 1980 redrafts; and, papers, 1981, concerning setting up an annual income for Hilda Schroetter from a unitrust. Miscellaneous papers include a review of Childs' Casanova; "Souvenir de l'excursion Casanovienne," signed Juno Luccichenti; a 1982 weekly diary of Childs; and, an inscribed portrait of Hilda Schroetter. In addition, there are two volumes of the Memoirs of J. Rives Childs.

Contents List

Correspondence 1950, 1975-1984
Box 1
Correspondence with Herrick Black Young 1982-1984
Box 1
3 folders
The Doctor Bulletin 1976-1984
Box 1
3 folders
Financial Papers: American Brands, Inc. 1982-1983
Box 1
Financial Papers: Bertelsmann 1976-1983
Box 1
Financial Papers: First and Merchants National Bank 1983
Box 1
Financial Papers: Income Tax Information 1975-1985
Box 1
Financial Papers: Merrill Lynch 1968-1982
Box 2
Financial Papers: Merrill Lynch - Security Transactions 1974-1986
Box 2
Financial Papers: Merrill Lynch - Statements of Security Account 1972-1981
Box 2
Financial Papers: Merrill Lynch - Statements of Cash Management Account 1981-1986
Box 2
4 folders
Financial Papers: Miscellaneous 1978-1968
Box 2
Financial Papers: Municipal Investment Trust Fund 1983-1986
Box 2
Financial Papers: New Perspective Trust Fund 1975-1986
Box 2
Financial Papers: Riggs National Bank - Safekeeping Account Verification Statements 1980-1986
Box 2
Financial Papers: Riggs National Bank - Statements of Accounts 1978-1982
Box 2
Financial Papers: Riggs National Bank - Statement of Accounts 1983-1986
Box 3
Financial Papers: Union Pacific Corporation 1983-1987
Box 3
Financial Papers: United Virginia Bank 1979-1986
Box 3
Greeting Cards 1982-1984
Box 3
Legal Papers 1977-1981
Box 3
Miscellaneous 1978-1984, n.d.
Box 3
Printed: Foreign Policy 1982-1984
Box 3
Printed: Randolph-Macon College, including "Tributes to Amb. J. Rives Childs..." 1975-1976, 1988
Box 3
Printed: Virginia Museum 1983
Box 3
Randolph-Macon College 1982-1987
Box 4
St. Andrew's Church 1983
Box 4
Social Papers: Invitations, Identification, Passport 1979-1984
Box 4
Memoirs of J. Rives Childs, Volumes I and II n.d.
Box 4
2 bound volumes