JMAS.M Virginia Historical Society
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At the request of Sherill B. Wells of the George Washington University, the trustees of the David Bruce papers agreed to copy for this project, the diary of David Bruce, from May 1949 to December 1954. These years cover the period when Bruce's and Monnet's working relationship was most productive and close. It was necessary for this section to be copied in full so as to place his relationship with Monnet and his input into the creation of a united Europe into context. Therefore those parts of the diary, when he was US Ambassador to France, May 1949 - March 1952, US Under Secretary of State, April 1952 - January 1953, and US Special Representative to Europe, February 1953 - December 1954, reveal the effort and diplomacy involved in the endeavors to create an integrated Europe. Bruce wrote in his diary almost daily and because of the close relationship between Monnet and Bruce, and the frequency with which Bruce mentions their contact and of course because of Bruce's indepth knowledge of the situation in Europe during this period, the diaries are an invaluable source in revealing Monnet's special relationship with Americans. This is the first time the trustees of Bruce's papers have allowed large sections of the diary to be copied.The record code from the Virginia Historical Society is listed in each individual description. The whole diary in its entirety consists of 72 volumes. The sections copied for this project come from volumes 3-23. Some parts of the diaries have been blacked out, due to amendments by Bruce or because they contained classified material.
I have arranged the diary by month taking into account the positions Bruce held when writing his diary.
No copies can be made of the diary, but notes can be taken.
The originals are held in various Archives and Presidential Libraries in the USA