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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of Richard Townsend Davies
RLIN number: NXCP87-A92
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: Early Foreign Service assignments: Warsaw, 1947-49, Moscow, 1952-53, Kabul, 1955-58; Public Affairs officer, State Department, 1958-61: Nixon's trip to Eastern Europe, Khrushchev's trip to America; director, Soviet and Eastern Europe Section, United States Information Agency, 1965-68: trade fairs and uses of propaganda; Ambassador, Poland 1972-76; disagreement with George Keenan's containment policy and attempt to publish controversial article, "After Containment, What?", 1952; John F. Kennedy and creation of Operation Center; role of Robert F. Kennedy in Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis; Nixon-Kissinger Soviet policy: Soviet Jewry, aborted defection of Simas Kudirka; impressions of George Keenan, Angus Ward, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Nikita Khrushchev, Henry Kissinger, Llewellyn Thompson.
Extent: Transcript: 514 leaves, Tape: 10 reels, Miscellaneous papers relating to oral history
Restrictions: Access: Open. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1980 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Davies, Richard Townsend, 1920-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1920
Speaker occupation: Diplomat
Age at speaking: 60
Document date: 1980
Interviewer: Jessup, Frederick Peterson
Organizations discussed: U.S. Department of State; U.S. Information Agency
Locations discussed: Asia; Europe; North America; Poland; Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Ambassadors--United States; Asia; Diplomacy; Diplomats--United States; Europe; North America; Oral history; Poland; Poland--Foreign relations--United States; Soviet Union--Foreign relations--United States; U.S. Department of State; U.S. Information Agency; Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; United States; United States--Foreign relations--1945-; United States--Foreign relations--Poland; United States--Foreign relations--Soviet Union
Topics discussed - Other terms: Davies, Richard Townsend, 1920-
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0018710-14153