Eilts, Hermann (1922-2006)

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The Hermann F. Eilts collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, professional material, scrapbooks, memorabilia, and photographs.

Book-length manuscripts by Eilts include an incomplete draft of America’s and Yemen’s Gradual Embroilment in the Southwest Arabian Imbroglio, 1798-1974; An American Consulate in Muscat (1838-1915): Its Origins and Development; Edmund Q. Roberts (1784-1836): A Diplomatic and Personal Memoir; a draft of Diplomatic Panache: Vignettes of the Foreign Service; and approximately 1500 pages of an untitled memoir on Eilts’ Egypt ambassadorship.  Also included are drafts of several essays by Eilts on a variety of Middle-Eastern-related topics: Arab-Israeli peace prospects; Iran; Saudi Arabia; Islamic Fundamentalism; Muslim republics of Central Asia; Hosni Mubarak; Yemen; and others, along with printed reports and articles on similar topics.  Other manuscripts by Eilts include articles, book chapters, presentations, lectures, reports, book reviews, and op-ed pieces, along with some reports and other pieces written by other authors. This series also includes remarks for Eilts’ memorial service (2007), with notable remarks by Conrad Eilts; Linda Vester Greenberg; Ambassadors April Glaspie, Elizabeth Jones, and William Rugh; and Professors Igor Lukes and Davis Mayers.

Correspondence in the collection consists of personal and professional letters, dating from 1979 to 1993.  Notable correspondents include Jimmy Carter, John F. Kerry, Edward M. Kennedy, Henry Kissinger, Walter Mondale, and Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill.

Professional material in the collection consists of several files arranged by Eilts.  These files contain various documents depending on their topic.  The material contained in the files includes manuscripts, correspondence, financial material, printed material, photographs, and legal material.  Topics include Eilts’s teaching career (including grades, class lists, course outlines, and books ordered); research regarding the Middle East (including various publications, reports, journals, newsletters, booklets, and government documents); and a wide range of foreign affairs from a variety of periods.  In addition to the files, the collection includes Eilts’s notebooks with his notes regarding Anwar Sadat, Iran, the Middle East, and Jimmy Carter at Camp David.  

Scrapbooks in the collection include two souvenir albums: “The Exchange of Instruments of Ratification Between Israel and the Arab Republic of Egypt at the U.S. Sinai Field Mission 4/25/79” and “Pictures of the Ceremony Transferring the Dhahran Airbase from the U.S.G. to S.A.G.”  

Memorabilia in the collection includes number of certificates, awards, and honorary degrees presented to Eilts over the course of his career.  There are some twenty appointments to various diplomatic positions from 1947-1966, signed by U.S. Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, Kennedy, and Johnson. This series also includes an interview with Eilts, conducted by his grandson, Stefan Eilts.

Photographs in the collection are primarily related to Eilts’ various diplomatic missions.  The images often include notable subjects, and many of the prints are inscribed to Eilts by these individuals.  These include Henry Kissinger; Richard Nixon and family; Menachem Begin, Anwar El Sadat, President Jimmy Carter (including an image of Carter shaking hands at the Camp David Accords in 1978); King Hussein of Jordan; Hosni Mubarak; Cyrus Vance; Dean Rusk; and Lyndon Johnson, “Lady Bird” Johnson, with Helen and Hermann Eilts, and others.

Notable Figures
1. Eilts, Hermann F.
Associated Subjects
1. Public Affairs Subject Guide
2. Jewish Studies Subject Guide
3. Diplomacy Subject Guide