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   John H. Backer Papers, 1945-1985

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John H. Backer Papers. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4078422 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Backer, John H., 1902-
Title:John H. Backer Papers, 1945-1985
Physical description:11 linear ft (17000 items in 25 boxes).
Language(s): In English and German.
Access: Boxes 2-25 are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected items cataloged; remainder arranged. Boxes 1-10: Winds of History; Boxes 11-14: Priming the German Economy; Boxes 15-19: The Decision to Divide Germany; Boxes 20-23: Misc.; Box 24: Lecture notes & microfilms; Box 25: Tapes.

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Description

Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, reports, research files, audiotapes, and photographs documenting Backer's research and writing on General Clay and post war German affairs; his service in the military government, as a member of the Foreign Service, and as the supervisor of the U.S. Information Agency officer in numerous German cities. In researching his three books, Backer interviewed a number of public and military figures on audiotapes. There are several letters each from W. Averell Harriman, John Kenneth Galbraith, George Kennan, and John J. McCloy. The collection includes several boxes of photocopies of documents from various sources.

Series I: Winds of History

Series II: Priming the German Economy

Series III: The Decision to Divide Germany

Series IV: Miscellaneous

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Using the Collection

Partially Offsite

Restrictions on Access

 Boxes 2-25 are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Librarian for Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Preferred Citation

John H. Backer Papers. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers Processed 08/06/86 AR/BRC

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.
    2011-11-15 EAD created by PTL

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subjects

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Clay, Lucius D. (Lucius DuBignon), 1897-1978.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
DiplomatsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Germany--History--1945-1955.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Reconstruction (1939-1951)--Germany.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biography

Author and diplomat John H. Backer, 1902-1985, (Columbia M.A., 1955), served in the Economic Divivion of General Lucius D. Clay's Military Government in Germany (OMGUS) from 1945 to 1948. As a member of the U.S. Foreign Service he held important posts in Germany and in the Soviet Union. His publications include: "Priming the German Economy: American Occupational Policies," "The Decision to Divide Germany: America's Foreign Policy in Transition," and "Winds of History: the German Years of Lucius DuBignon Clay."

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