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WILLARD LEON BEAULAC PAPERS

The Willard Leon Beaulac Papers document the extraordinary career of Willard Leon Beaulac, who served as U.S. Ambassador to five countries in Central and South America. A few pieces of correspondence appear first in the collection. Periodical clippings appear next. Photographs round out the collection. There are several notable photos, such as many photos of Beaulac and some photos of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Vice President Richard Nixon, Fulgencio Batista, and Dag Hammarskjold. The Beaulac Papers are stored in one archival box (0.5 linear feet).

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH - Willard Leon Beaulac, a native Rhode Islander, attended Brown University and then served in the Navy during World War I. After that conflict, Beaulac enrolled in the new Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, graduating in 1921. Beaulac joined the State Department in 1921, holding consular posts in Central America for the next 10 years. For part of World War II, he served as counselor and deputy chief of mission in Spain.

In 1944, Beaulac earned his first ambassadorial assignment to Paraguay. In 1947, he then became ambassador to Colombia. Between 1951 and 1953, Beaulac was ambassador to Cuba. Next, he served as ambassador to Chile from 1953 to 1956. Moreover, he was U.S. ambassador in Argentina between 1956 and 1960. His final assignment was as deputy commandant for foreign affairs at the National War College.

His book "Career Ambassador" was published in 1951. Beaulac taught at Southern Illinois and Ball State after retiring from the State Department. Other books by Beaulac include "Career Diplomat," "A Diplomat Looks at Aid to Latin America," "The Fractured Continent," and "Franco: Silent Ally in World War II."

Willard Leon Beaulac died in 1990 at the age of 91

[Source: "Washington Post," 5/27/1990, p. B6.]

ACCESSION DATA:

Status: Open to researchers.

Provenance: Gift of Ms. Ana Beaulac, 2004.

Processed by Scott S. Taylor, October 2004.

BULK DATES: 1925 - 1950
SPAN DATES: 1925 - 1990

EXTENT: 1 box (0.5 l.f.)

SERIES


SERIES: 1. Letters


SERIES DESCRIPTION: Letters.

SERIES: 2. Clippings


SERIES DESCRIPTION: Clippings.

SERIES: 3. Photographs


SERIES DESCRIPTION: Photographs.

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