Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Container ___, Folder ___ ] MS 3132 George Magoffin Humphrey Papers, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio

Acquisition Information

Gifts of George Magoffin Humphrey in 1962; Helen Chatfield in 1962 and 1963; and Mrs. George Magoffin Humphrey in 1970 and 1971.

Processing Information

The Western Reserve Historical Society is pleased to present this edition of the finding aid to the papers of George Magoffin Humphrey Papers. This finding aid is the culmination of a process that began in 1962 when the transfer of the initial installment of Mr. Humphrey's papers to the Society took place. The, in 1962 and 1963, Miss Helen Chatfield of Washington, D.C. supplemented this collection with some additional documents. In 1964, WRHS staff member John Large, Jr. prepared a twenty-page finding aid to this collection.

In 1965, WRHS published "The Basic Papers of George M. Humphrey as Secretary of the Treasury 1953-1957," edited by Nathaniel R. Howard. The "Basic Papers" include 115 speeches, interviews, statements, articles, news conferences of Mr. Humphrey. All of the items that appear in the "Basic Papers" were public statements or were previously published in government documents, magazines, or newspapers. None of Mr. Humphrey's correspondence was included.

In 1970, after Mr. Humphrey's death, Mrs. Humphrey contributed additional papers to WRHS which were added to the Humphrey collection. These consisted of more than 1,700 letters, including seventy-five letters written by Dwight D. Eisenhower during and after his Presidency. Mrs. Humphrey contributed several more manuscripts in 1971. The two additions have been integrated into the original collection and all of the papers of George M. Humphrey included in the WRHS microfilm edition.

In 1981, funds were sought to underwrite the cost of microfilming the Humphrey Papers. A generous grant from the George M. and Pamela S. Humphrey Fund enabled WRHS to proceed with this project. Richard W. Arpi proceeded to integrate the several installments of the Humphrey Papers, and to revise the finding aid to the collection. Thomas Pappas microfilmed the collection. WRHS is deeply indebted to the Humphrey Family for their support of the processing of this collection.