Foreign Service, 1950-1991

Scope and content:

This series contains materials created and acquired during Jack Matlock's career as a foreign service officer for the U.S. Dept. of State (1956-1981), his appointments as ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1981-1983) and the Soviet Union (1987-1991), and his work for the National Security Council and the White House (1983-1987). Materials are grouped by phases of Matlock's career, and are largely arranged chronologically and then by format. Rebecca Matlock's official duties and personal activities, especially as wife to the US Ambassador, is also well documented in this series. The series contains general and personal correspondence, government memoranda, invitations, schedules and programs, official itineraries and logistics, cables received, clippings and reports collected, specific event files for substantial activities at the embassy, and other administrative and topical information relating to the operations of the embassies in Accra, Dar es Salaam, Prague, and Moscow during the Matlocks' career. There is also significant material from Matlock's home leave, travels and work in the United States, and his academic appointment as Diplomat-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University in 1979-1980.


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Collection is open for research.

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