MsC 727

Collection Dates: 1929 -- 1985
3.5 linear ft.

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection held by the

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries

Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Biographical and Historical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Related Materials

Acquisition and Processing Information

Box Contents List

Administrative Information

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Biographical Note

Francis Orlando Wilcox was born in Columbus Junction, Iowa, on April 9, 1908. He attended the University of Iowa, receiving an A.B. in 1930, his A.M. in 1931, and his Ph.D. in 1933. He also earned the degree of Doctor es Sciences Politiques from the University of Geneva, in 1935. From 1935 to 1941 he taught political science at various universities, including the Universities of Iowa, Louisville, Michigan, and Chicago. In 1947, Wilcox became the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's first chief of staff, a position he held until 1955. He guided the committee's consideration of such major foreign policy initiatives as the Marshall Plan and the creation of NATO. From 1955 to 1961 he served as assistant secretary of state and had a primary responsibility for U.S. participation in the United Nations. He was also the author of many books and articles on international affairs. Francis O. Wilcox died on February 20, 1985. He was survived by his widow, Virginia, and their son and daughter.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Francis O. Wilcox consist of manuscripts documenting his career as an educator, government official, and author. The collection is arranged alphabetically and is made up of subject files, lecture notes, correspondence, speeches and other materials on international relations. Correspondents include Dick Clark, Milton Eisenhower, Henry Cabot Lodge, and Dean Rusk.

Audio Material: BOX 7 The Iris Coffin Show, 1962

Related Materials

Wilcox, Francis O. Francis O. Wilcox, Chief of Staff, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1947-1955: oral history interviews, February 1 to June 13, 1984. Washington, D.C.: Senate Historical Office, [1985?]

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS Iowa Authors Collection

U.S. Senate Oral History Project: Francis Wilcox

Acquisition and Processing Information

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Virginia S. Wilcox in 1989.

Guide posted to Internet: July 2004

Box Contents List

Box 1

Abysinia, n.d.

American Foreign Policy. Taught by F.O. Wilcox


n.d. (2 folders)

American Government. Taught by F.O. Wilcox


1937 -- 1939


1939 -- 1940

American Politics -- International Relations. Taught by F.O. Wilcox

1939 -- 1941

American Society of International Law, 1938 -- 1984

Arms Control, 1983

"Arthur Vandenberg" by F.O. Wilcox, 1974

The Atlantic Community, 1963. Handbook of selected basic speech materials

Atlantic Council

1975 -- 1976


1981 -- 1984

Fundraising, 1974 -- 1978

Fundraising Correspondence, 1977 -- 1978

Books Reviewed by F.O. Wilcox, 1973 -- 1984

Brussels Council, 1975 -- 1976

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)


1984 (3 folders)

Box 2

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), cont.



Class Notes, 1936 -- 1937. Courses taught by F.O. Wilcox

Commission on the Organization of the Government for the Conduct of Foreign Policy

June 1973 -- September 1974 (2 folders)

1974 (5 folders)

Conference on United States and United Nations, 1973 -- 1974, including a letter from Dick Clark

Conference on United States Congressional - Executive Relations and the Taiwan Relations Act, January 9 --14, 1984 in Taipei, Taiwan, 1983 -- 1984

Congressional Materials on War Powers, 1983

Congressional Presentations of F.O. Wilcox, 1970 -- 1977

Congressional Survey Report, March 1975

The Constitution and the Conduct of Foreign Policy, 1975

Manuscript copy with an introduction by F.O. Wilcox

Box 3

Constitutional Law. Taught by F. O. Wilcox

1936 -- 1939

1938 (2 folders)

"Cooperation vs Confrontation: Congress and Foreign Policy Since Vietnam" by F.O. Wilcox, n.d. (2 folders)


1929 -- 1942. Including letters from W. Jessup

1943 -- 1959. Including a letter from Virgil Hancher

1970 -- 1979. Including letters from J.S.F. Botha, Henry Cabot Lodge, McGeorge Bundy, Henry Kissinger, Nelson Rockefeller, and Cyrus Vance


1981. Including a letter from Milton S. Eisenhower

1982. Including letters from Dean Rusk, Henry Cabot Lodge, Milton S. Eisenhower, and Gerald R. Ford


1984. January -- August

1984. September -- December. Including a letter from Milton S. Eisenhower


University of Iowa, 1976 -- 1984. Including a letter from James O. Freedman

Course Papers by F.O. Wilcox, 1930 -- 1933

Course Outlines. Taught by F.O. Wilcox, 1938 -- 1940

"Deep Attack Concepts and the Defense of Central Europe" by Boyd D. Sutton, et. al., [1983?]

"Dutch Democracy" by F.O. Wilcox, n.d.

East-West Conference, 1966

Economics. Course notes by F.O. Wilcox, 1935

Eisenhower Seminar, 1984. Including a letter from Milton S. Eisenhower

"Emerging Technologies and Deep Attack Concepts" by Fred Haynes, 1984

Eulogy for Pitman B. Potter, by F.O. Wilcox, 1981

"Factors Influencing American Foreign Policy" by F.O. Wilcox, n.d.

Box 4

Ford Foundation. Congressional trip to the United Nations

1973 -- 1975. Including a letter from Dick Clark

1974 -- 1976. Including letters from Dean Rusk, Dick Clark, and George Bush

The Future of the U.N.: A strategy for Like-Minded Nations. Report, n.d.

History of Political Thought. Course notes by F.O. Wilcox, 1936

"How the United Nations Charter Has Developed," Staff Study No. 2, 1954

International Law. Taught by F.O. Wilcox



Exams, 1938 -- 1940

International Relations. Taught by F.O. Wilcox


1937 -- 1938

1937 -- 1939


John F. Kennedy College of Arts and Sciences. Dedication address by F.O. Wilcox, 1969. Including a letter form Edward M. Kennedy

"League of Nations." Articles by F.O. Wilcox, n.d.

Meridian House, 1969

Modern European Governments. Taught by F.O. Wilcox, 1937 -- 1939

Modern Governments. Taught by F. O. Wilcox, 1941 (2 folders)

Modern History. Taught by F.O. Wilcox, 1936

Murphy Commission, 1975. Including a letter from William J. Casey

Museum of Science and Technology, Teheran, Iran, 1976


Correspondence and Papers, 1944

Lecture notes, n.d.

Our Foreign Policy - Legacy of the New Deal. Lecture by F.O. Wilcox, 1969

Box 5

Neutrality. Miscellaneous papers and notes

1940 -- 1944


Newspaper clippings, 1955 and 1985 (obituary).

Personal Papers of F.O. Wilcox

Clippings, 1942 -- 1950

Miscellaneous Papers, 1942 -- 1970

Printed Material, 1949 -- 1978

Political Science. Taught by F.O. Wilcox, 1935 -- 1940

Political Thought. Taught by F.O. Wilcox, n.d.

"Proposals Relating to Representation and Voting" by M.M. Montague, 1954

Repeal of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Press Release, 1970

Retirement of F.O. Wilcox from Johns' Hopkins University, 1972 -- 1973, including a letter from William D. Rogers

Review of the United Nations Charter. Committee Report, 1970

School of Advanced International Studies

Correspondence, 1956 -- 1983. Including letters from W. Averell Harriman and Henry Cabot Lodge

Miscellaneous Papers, 1979 -- 1984

Senator Sam Nuhn and Defense Spending, 1984 -- 1985

Social Sciences. Taught by F.O. Wilcox

1936 -- 1942

1938 -- 1941

1938 -- 1942

1940 -- 1942 (2 folders)



Religion, 1939

Speeches and Speech Notes by F. O. Wilcox

1935 -- 1941


Box 6

Speeches and Speech Notes by F.O. Wilcox, cont.


1960s (2 folders)

1970s (5 folders)


n.d. (4 folders)

Box 7

Stanley Foundation, 1974

Stettinius and Byrnes. Transcript of panel discussion, n.d.

The Technical Cooperation Programs of the United Nations System

The Iris Coffin Show. Audio tape, 1962

Report of the Advisory Committee on International Organizations, 1963

United Nations. Miscellaneous Papers

1975 -- 1976. Including a letter from Arthur J. Goldberg


"United Nations and Some Alternatives to World Order." Statement of F.O. Wilcox before the Subcommittee on International Organizations and Movements of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, 1970

United Nations Committee: American Legion, 1977 -- 1978

American Legion, 1976

"United Nations in Crisis." 11th Annual Conference of National Organizations, 1961

Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs

1979 -- 1983

1984 -- 1985

World Politics. Course notes by F.O. Wilcox, 1931 -- 1932

Writings of F.O. Wilcox

1930s -- 1940s



1970 -- 1973

1973 -- 1976

1977 -- 1978

1978 -- 1979


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