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Francis O. Wilcox Papers

Identifier: MsC0727

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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


  • Creation: 1929-1985


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

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.


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Language of Materials



Educator, United States government official (Senate Foreign Relations Committee chief of staff, 1947-1955; Assistant Secretary of State, 1955-1961). Correspondence, subject files, lecture notes, speeches, and preliminary drafts of articles.

Method of Acquisition

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

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, Main Library. Iowa Authors Collection.

Refer to External Documents to access the U.S. Senate Oral History Project: Francis Wilcox.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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