Villard, Henry S. (1900-1996)
Scope:
The Henry S. Villard collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, correspondence, diaries and notebooks, scrapbooks, office files, and legal documents.

Villard manuscripts include the works The Book of Aviation, or The History of Aviation (written by Villard as a juvenile); Affairs of State (Crowell, 1965); Contact! The Story of the Early Birds (Crowell, 1968); The Great Road Races: 1894-1914 (Barker, 1972; includes research material); and Sand in Your Shoes .

Manuscripts for magazine articles by Villard consist of pieces dating from the 1920s to 1973; they include tearsheets from such publications as Foreign Service Journal, Reader’s Digest, Harpers, Mystery Magazine, The Nation, National Geographic, The Nomad, The Royal Victoria, The Royal Gazette, World Traveller, and others.

Additional manuscripts include short pieces (1940s-1950s), speeches (1943-1966), and unpublished manuscripts (1924-1930).

Printed material in the collection includes a mixture of tearsheets of published articles by Villard, reviews of his work, miscellaneous pamphlets and programs, ads and reviews of Contact! (1968-1969), several reviews and ads for The Great Road Races, clippings about Villards’s 1960 appointment as the first American Ambassador to Mali, reviews of Affairs of State, and few articles written about Villard.

Correspondence in the collection primarily consists of professional letters regarding Villard’s work and writing. Subjects include Contact! (several items, 1963-1971); The Great Road Races (1969-1973); and general research, editing, and publishing letters. Letters regarding Villard’s appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Mali and includes correspondence from Frank Church, Chester Bowles, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Christian A. Herter, Edward M. Kennedy, and other politicians and dignitaries. General correspondence dates from 1913 to 1977; notable correspondents include Dean Acheson, Kent Cooper, E. R. Stettinius, Jr., Stewart Alsop, Lyndon B. Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, J. W. Fulbright, Jacob K. Javits, John F. Kennedy, Dean Rusk, Adlai Stevenson, Faisal, King of Saudi Arabia, Averrell Harriman, and Henry Kissinger.

Villard’s personal subject files also contain a notable amount of correspondence along with research material and printed material; these items date from 1911 to 1971. Other letters in the collection include several letters from Ernest Gruening regarding Affairs at State ; letters about other specific magazine articles written by Villard; personal letters discussing the birth of Villard (1900); and letters from family members to Villard (1917-1936).

Professional material in the collection is represented by documents listing Villard’s appointments to various government posts such as Consul to Brazil, Foreign Service Officer, Ambassador to Senegal, and Ambassador to Mauritania.
Villard’s diary covers the years 1923 to 1951; also present is a notebook from 1914.

Scrapbooks in the collection contain memorabilia from Villard’s career. Included are newspaper clippings, invitations, ticket stubs, photos, programs, and other items. Present is a volume from 1911-1922, containing many items from Villard’s days at Harvard; a volume from 1924-1927; a volume from 1922-1938; a volume from 1945-1953 including letters from Dean Acheson, John Foster Dulles, Robert L. Dennison, and Idris, King of Libya; and another volume containing various ephemera.

Notable Figures
1. Villard, Henry Serrano
Associated Subjects
1. Public Affairs Subject Guide
2. Ambassadors -- United States
3. Diplomats – United States
4. United States – Foreign relations – 20th century
5. Scrapbooks
6. Diplomatic and consular service, American
7. Diaries