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  • Interview with Smith Simpson


  • Correspondence, oral history interview, writings, subject files, family papers, scrapbooks, printed matter, photographs, and other papers relating to Simpson's career as a labor and industrial relations expert, educator, and diplomat, as well as his efforts, late in his diplomatic career and following his retirement, to improve the quality of American diplomacy. Documents his work as a labor and industrial relations expert prior to World War II; postwar service as labor attaché in Belgium, Greece, and Mexico; deputy consul general in India; consul general in Mozambique; advisor on African affairs, U.S. Department of Labor; and member of the Board of Examiners for the Foreign Service. Also documents his student years at the University of Virginia; law studies at Cornell Law School; service during the New Deal in Franklin D. Roosevelt presidential administration as a labor advisor and administrator with the U.S. National Recovery Administration (NRA); years as a professor at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; work in the U.S. War Shipping Administration's Recruitment and Manning Organization during World War II; and his role as cofounder and board member of the Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Includes an oral history interview with Smith Simpson conducted in 1991 for the Frontline diplomacy : the U.S. foreign affairs oral history collection.
  • Subjects include the American peace movement during the post-World War I period; the International Labour Organisation; communist penetration of trade unions in western and southern European countries following World War II; portrayal of labor in the American popular, official, industrial, and trade union press between 1945 and 1954; quality, conduct, and history of American diplomacy; and the recruitment and training of Foreign Service officers.
  • Correspondents include college friends; diplomats; educators; leaders of national and international labor organizations, in particular, of the International Labour Organization; and peace activists, in particular, Newton Diehl Baker, Charles A. Beard, Gilson Blake, Bruce Bliven, James B. Bowers Jr., Robert W. Bruère, Kenneth W. Colegrove, M.H. Hedges, Elmo Paul Hohman, Marcel J. Lemmers, Helen Margaret Moats, Hugh Anderson Moran, Irene Hornby Moran, Jean Moran, Frances Perkins, E.J. Phelan, James W. Riddleberger, James T. Shotwell, William L. Tayler, Florence Calvert Thorne, Oscar W. Underwood, Pierre Waelbroeck, Robert J. Watt, Richard Wilson, and John G. Winant. Family correspondents include Simpson's wife, Henriette Lanniée Simpson; and parents, Edith Smith Simpson and Hendree P. Simpson.
  • Family papers include genealogical information concerning the Hendree, Simpson, Smith, and Tinsley families. Includes a letter (1865 January 16) describing the participation of the USS Wabash (frigate) in the capture of Fort Fisher in North Carolina during the Civil War.


  • Kennedy, Charles Stuart (Interviewer)
  • Crowley, John J., Jr. (Interviewer)
  • Simpson, R. Smith (Interviewee)

Created / Published

  • May 13, 1991


  • -  Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
  • -  Diplomacy
  • -  Foreign relations
  • -  Oral history
  • -  Ambassadors
  • -  Labor officers
  • -  Interviews
  • -  United States -- District of Columbia -- Washington
  • -  Belgium -- Brussels
  • -  Europe and Eurasia


  • Interviews

Source Collection

  • The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training


  • Manuscript Division

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • mm92081483

Access Advisory

  • Open to research.

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  • online text
  • pdf

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Items included in this collection with the permission of rights holders are listed below. For further use or reproduction of those items contact the rightsholders listed.

Interview of William W. Lehfeldt by William Burr, April 29, 1987, made available here with permission from The Foundation for Iranian Studies, 4343 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Interview of John S. Service by Rosemary Levinson, 1977, made available here with permission from The Regional Oral History Office, 486 The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720-6000.

Oral history interviews conducted by Mrs. Ann Miller Morin (below), made available here with permission from Mrs. Ann Miller Morin, 3330 North Leisure World Blvd., Apt. 808, Silver Spring, MD 20906.

  • Interview of Anne Cox Chambers, October 23, 1985
  • Interview of Jane Abell Coon, November 4, 1986
  • Interview of Betty Crites Dillon, December 9, 1987
  • Interview of Ruth Lewis Farkas, October 24, 1985
  • Interview of Rosemary Lucas Ginn, October 28, 1997
  • Interview of Constance Ray Harvey, 1988
  • Interview of Mari-Luci Jaramillo, February 21, 1987
  • Interview of Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick, May 28, 1987
  • Interview of Caroline Clendening Laise, May 8, 1985
  • Interview of Claire Boothe Luce, September 19, 1986               
  • Interview of Mary Seymour Olmsted, June 25, 1985
  • Interview of Nancy Ostrander, May 14, 1986
  • Interview of Rozanne L. Ridgway, March 18, 1987
  • Interview of Mabel Murphy Smythe, May 2, 1986
  • Interview of Margaret Joy Tibbetts, May 28, 1985
  • Interview of Melissa Foelsh Wells, March 27, 1984
  • Interview of Faith Ryan Whittlesey, December 7, 1988

These 17 interviews are part of the collection on deposit in the Sophia Smith Collection External.

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Chicago citation style:

Kennedy, Charles Stuart, John J Crowley, and R. Smith Simpson. Interview with Smith Simpson. 1991. Manuscript/Mixed Material.

APA citation style:

Kennedy, C. S., Crowley, J. J. & Simpson, R. S. (1991) Interview with Smith Simpson. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Kennedy, Charles Stuart, John J Crowley, and R. Smith Simpson. Interview with Smith Simpson. 1991. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.