John Foster Dulles Series

Documents from [1953] to [1958]

Identity Statement

HAEU Reference Code
Extent and Medium

n.1 file

Reference Archivists

Carr, Mary

Content and Structure


On the election of General Eisenhower as President, he appointed John Foster Dulles as Secretary of State. This was obviously a major plus for Monnet who was a close personal friend of Dulles. Shortly after Eisenhower's inauguration as President, Dulles travelled to Luxembourg to witness the establishment of the European and Coal and Steel Community. When Monnet asked for David Bruce to be appointed as Ambassador to the High Authority of the ECSC, Dulles agreed despite earlier reservations and when Bruce announced his retirement, Monnet asked Dulles for Bruce's assistant William Tomlinson to be appointed. Although Tomlinson was not appointed, the request shows Monnet's standing with the Eisenhower Administration. Dulles was in fact the key for Monnet in getting American support for European integration initiatives, and in particular with the American loan for the ECSC. In 1953 Monnet was aware of growing opposition to the European Defence Community in France, so he felt America could show their support for European unity by a loan. DavidBruce and Dulles arranged an official State visit by Monnet and other High Authority officials, where he was able to lobby for a loan under special terms and conditions. This loan of a $100 million was granted and Monnet was able to report back to the Common Assembly in June that his mission had been successful. Dulles had helped greatly in securing the money by talking personally to Eisenhower on the merits to the US of supporting initiatives in the progress towards European unity.

Allied Materials

Location of Originals

The originals are held in various Archives and Presidential Libraries in the USA


Notes and Remarks

See papers of John Foster Dulles in section JMAS-B, Princeton University Library.

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