MsC 378


Manuscript Register




Collection Dates: 1938 -- 1978

(Bulk Dates: 1940 to 1970)

1.5 linear ft.


This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900


Posted to Internet: May, 2002



Acquisition Note: These papers were donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by Ellen D. Herron in 1979 .


Access and Restrictions: These papers are open for research.


Photographs: Box 3


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Biographical Note

Francis William Herron was born in Boone, Iowa, on August 9, 1914. He attended the University of Missouri where he received his journalism degree in 1934. His first job after graduation was as the news editor for the Sibley Gazette-Tribune in Sibley, Iowa. In 1941 he became an associate in the Institute of Current World Affairs. The following year, Herron traveled to Argentina to study at Cordoba University. He joined the United States Foreign Service in 1946, and was posted as the assistant press officer in the American Embassy in Buenos Aires. For more than ten years he served in a variety of positions in American Embassies in places such as Quito, San Salvador, and Montevideo. Returning to the United States, Herron first took a job with the State Department and then with the Bureau of Public Affairs. In 1964, he once again found himself in South America, this time in the American Embassy in Venezuela. He retired from this posting in 1970. During his retirement he wrote about current affairs and was a consultant for the Brookings Foundation. Francis W. Herron died in 1978, at the age of sixty-three.

Scope and Contents


The papers of Francis William Herron date from 1938 to 1978 and consist of three boxes of manuscripts arranged chronologically within an alphabetical sequence. Most of the collection relates to Herron's postings in the foreign service. Subject files range from the petroleum industry throughout Latin America to the politics of Venezuela. There is also correspondence with Bob Woodward.



Box List


Box 1

Articles, 1971 -- 1976 (9 folders)

Correspondence, 1938 -- 1962 (3 folders)

Box 2

Correspondence, 1963 --1978, including letters from Robert Woodward, 1977 -- 1978 (3 folders)

Dept. of State, 1946 -- 1963 (4 folders)

Fija bituminosa report, 1967

Journal, 1941-- 1942

Latin American Aspects of Energy Policy, 3 drafts, 1973 (3 folders)

Latin American Miscellaneous Papers

Letters from the Argentine Miscellaneous

Letters to Walter S. Rogers on his retirement, 1959

Meetings, conferences, etc., 1942 -- 1969

Memoranda of conversations, 1973 -- 1976

Box 3

Naval service and discharge, 1942 -- 1952

Newspaper articles about Herron, 1938 -- 1970

Notes on Argentina

Notes on "The Atom, A New Source of Energy"

Notes on "The Petroleum Industry"

Outline of "The Yankee Traders," 1963

Personal and miscellaneous


Press information kit for Nixon visit to Venezuela, 1958

Speeches and remarks

U. S. - Venezuela Symposium, Jan. 26 -- 29, 1975




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