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Dean Rusk Personal Papers, Series VIII: Artifacts

Dean Rusk Personal Papers, Series VIII: Artifacts

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dean Rusk Personal Papers, Series VIII: Artifacts
Creator: Rusk, Dean, 1909-1994
Inclusive Dates: 1939-1995
Language(s): English
Extent: 10 box(es) (5 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL/055/DR_VIII
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Dean Rusk Personal Papers, Series VIII: Artifacts includes plaques, certificates, awards, and memorabilia documenting Rusk's career.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Dean Rusk was born on February 9, 1909 in Cherokee County, Georgia. He attended Lee Street Elementary and Boys' High School in Atlanta, Georgia. Rusk obtained an A.B. degree from Davidson College, North Carolina in 1931, and a B.S. (Rhodes Scholar) and M.A. in 1933 and 1934 from St. John's, Oxford, England. He returned to the United States to become Associate Professor of Government and Dean of Faculty at Mills College, Oakland, California, from 1934 to 1940 and studied law at the University of California, Berkeley, class of 1940.

Rusk served in the United States Army from 1940 to 1946 in the China-Burma-India theater. At first he served with the Third Infantry Division, then later with the Military Intelligence Service. Rusk was released from duty with the rank of colonel.

After his military career ended, Rusk joined the Department of State from 1947 to 1952, as Assistant Secretary of State for United Nations Affairs and for Far Eastern Affairs. From 1952 to 1960 he was president of the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Rusk to the office of Secretary of State. He remained in this position until 1969, through the administrations of Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Rusk was in office during the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion, when East Germany began constructing the Berlin Wall, and as the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was also Secretary of State during the height of the Vietnam Conflict.

In 1970, Rusk came to the University of Georgia's School of Law as the Samuel H. Sibley Professor of International Law, and he later established the Dean Rusk Center for International and Comparative Law. Rusk served the University of Georgia until his death on December 20, 1994.

Rusk married Virginia Foisle in June, 1937. They had three children together, David Patrick, Richard Geary and Margaret Elizabeth. In 1990, As I Saw It , the book he co-authored with his son, Richard, was published.

Scope and Content

Dean Rusk Personal Papers, Series VIII: Artifacts includes plaques, certificates, awards, and memorabilia documenting Rusk's career.

Organization and Arrangement

The artifacts are loosely arranged by format.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dean Rusk Personal Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Processing Note

Clippings have been copied onto bond paper for protection of content. Photographs, audiovisual material and artifacts have been removed from the papers for preservation purposes and inventoried.

User Restrictions

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permission. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2008.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1989.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
United States. Dept. of State.
University of Georgia. School of Law.

Related Collections in this Repository

Dean Rusk Oral History Collection

Richard B. Russell, Jr. Collection

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D.W. Brooks Oral History Collection

Related Collections in Other Repositories

Dean Rusk Oral Histories, Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, Austin, Texas

Dean Rusk Papers, Rockefeller Archive Center, Sleepy Hollow, New York

Dean Rusk Personal Papers, John F. Kennedy Library, National Archives and Records Administration, Boston, Massachusetts

Dean Rusk Files, Department of State Records, National Archives

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


VIII. Artifacts

VIII.9Plaque, metal calendar on wood presented to Dean Rusk by President John F. Kennedy to commemorate the thirteen days of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962; engraved with Rusk and Kennedy's initials, circa 1962
VIII.2DR-ART-01 Membership Certificate – Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity document in thin black frame. Given by Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity to Dean Rusk as Honorary Member, Alexander H. Stephens Chapter, January 18, 1975
VIII.2DR-ART-02 Blue Key Chapter Award wooden plaque with beveled edges. Silver plate shows reproduction of editorial in Athens Banner-Herald dated Thursday, Sept. 18, 1975. Editorial title "Rusk, Sterne Excellent Choices for Blue Key." Bottom shows Atlanta Constitution "Deserved Mention", August 28, 1975
VIII.3DR-ART-03 Resolution from Davidson College unframed certificate of appreciation from Davidson College. Gold embossed school seal at bottom. Certificate begins: "Whereas, David Dean Rusk, son of Davidson, Class of 1931, now retires as 1987 Program Honorary Chairman, …", October 2, 1987
VIII.3DR-ART-04 Samuel H. Sibley Professor Emeritus of International Law unframed certificate. Awarded by the Board of Regents of the University of Georgia to Mr. David Dean Rusk, September 8, 1992
VIII.3DR-ART-05 State of Louisiana Honorary Ambassador Certificate certificate issued by the Executive Department Office of Lieutenant Governor. Reads: "Dean Rusk is hereby appointed Honorary Ambassador of Goodwill for the State of Louisiana and has been duly commissioned by Lieutenant Governor James E. Fitzmorris, Jr. Awarded January15, 1979. Signed by James E. Fitzmorris, Liet. Governor, January 15, 1979
VIII.3DR-ART-05A State of Louisiana Honorary Ambassador Membership Card. Membership card from the State of Louisiana, Office of the Lieutenant Governor to "certify that Dean Rusk is an Honorary Ambassador of Goodwill. Signed by James E. Fitzmorris, January 15, 1979
VIII.3Committee on Foreign Affairs Resolution of Commendation and Esteem Certificate presented to Dean Rusk, 1966
VIII.3DR-ART-06 State of Georgia Seal Drawing framed pen-and-ink drawing of the State Seal of Georgia in wooden frame with gold edging. Matting has thin blue edge. Drawing signed "Ruffo", undated
VIII.1DR-ART-07 University of Georgia Alumni Seminar Plaque wooden plaque painted with gold edges, black surface. Black/white photo reproduced and laminated, framed in red. Box below photo: University of Georgia Alumni Seminar "World Politics, 1971." Rusk is seated bottom row, second from left, February 12-13, 1971
VIII.6DR-ART-08 1975 Blue Key Banquet Plaque wooden plaque painted black with black and white photo mounted, edged in red. Photo box: Athens, GA – 1975 Blue Key Banquet was held on Sept. 19 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. The keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Arthur Burns, Board Chairman of Federal Reserve System and Economic advisor to five presidents. Rusk seated bottom row, left, September 19, 1975
VIII.2DR-ART-09 Rusk House Photo/Plaque wooden plaque with beveled edges. Clear Lucite plate with brass tacks holds color photo of residents of Rusk House, Davidson College, 1980-1981
VIII.4DR-ART-10 "Antarctica" Poster by Alan Campbell color poster from exhibitions in Georgia. Signed by artist. Painting shows penguins, ice, ocean. Exhibitions in Thomasville, Atlanta, and Macon. Sponsored by Lockheed, August 1988-January 1989
VIII.5DR-ART-11A Republic of Korea Order of Diplomatic Service Merit/Medal. Awarding the Gwanghwa Medal to His Excellency, Dean Rusk. Awarded June 24, 1982. Gwanghwa Medal – red, white, blue, and gold on pink grosgrain sash. Includes brooch of same design/colors. Also: small pink/brown grosgrain epaulet; small stud w/gold leaves. Medallion enclosed in blue felt box w/ Wearing Method of Decorations and Medals booklet from the Ministry of Govt. Admin, June 24, 1982
VIII.2DR-ART-11Republic of Korea Order of Diplomatic Service Merit/Medal merit certificate encased in blue felt folder. Includes translation and original Korean certificate. Awarding the Gwanghwa Medal to His Excellency, Dean Rusk, June 24, 1982
VIII.4DR-ART-12 Architectural Proof School of Law- Harold Hirsch Hall unframed drawing on tracing paper of School of Law- Harold Hirsch Hall. Signed (unledgible) by architect. Notated 3/3, July 24, 1991
VIII.1DR-ART-13 NY Times Article/Plaque wooden plaque with copy of New York Times article reproduced. Article contains excerpts from remarks of Dean Rusk at a State Dept. dinner given by Sec. of State George Schultz on Rusk's 75th birthday. Article title: "State Dept. P. According to Rusk", February 11, 1984
VIII.1DR-ART-14 Brotherhood Award Plaque wooden plaque with beveled edges. Plate on plaque is brown/brass engraved. Award presented by the Georgia region, Natl. Conference of Christians and Jews. Reads: "In recognition of his leadership in the community, and nation and for his untiring efforts to serve people of varied racial, religious, and ethnic backgrounds…", September 26, 1985
VIII.2DR-ART-15 Journal Appreciation Plaque wooden plaque w/ brass and black plates. Engraved on plate: "To Our Advisor Professor Dean Rusk. In Appreciation – By the 1985-86 Journal Managing Board", 1985-1986
VIII.2DR-ART-16 Davidson ROTC Hall of Fame Pin black frame with red matting. 2 brass plated are mounted w/ red, black, gold pin in between. Top plate reads: Dean Rusk '31. Bottom plate reads: Davidson ROTC Hall of Fame. (Bottom plate has shifted some), November 11, 1987
VIII.1DR-ART-17 Fulton Co. Golden Citizenship Award wooden plaque w/ beveled edges. Gold scroll and olive branches frame black/brass plate engraved with the following "Grand Jurors Association of Fulton Co., Inc. Golden Citizenship Award presented to Dean Rusk-Native Georgian, Statesman, Scholar and Teacher. In recognition of his constant search for Peace and Justice. Atlanta, GA, January 27, 1978
VIII.4DR-ART-18 Robbins Collection Poster poster unframed from "The Robbins Collection 40th Anniversary 1952 – 1992" at Boalt Hall, School of Law, University of California at Berkeley. Shows compilation of Roman law by Jacobus Rubeus, Venice, Italy, 1992
VIII.5DR-ART-19 George Busbee Commemorative Plate brass plate w/ engraving (small) of Capital dome in the center. Small print reads: "George Busbee Governor 1975 –1983." Busbee's signature and the date 12-4-82 are engraved to the right of the picture, December 4, 1982
VIII.5DR-ART-20 The Burma Star Assoc. Manley Award Plate pewter plate. Engraving in center reads: "Manley Award for Distinguished Public Service – First American Branch, The Burma Star Association. Hon. Dean Rusk – Sec. of State, Dep. Comm., India Burma Theater. Col., U.S.A. (Ret.) L/M O.L.C. Statesman, Educator, Soldier, Patriot. Philadelphia, PA, October 16, 1982
VIII.1DR-ART-21 Rotary Club 75th Anniversary China Plate china plate w/ gold and blue lettering. Around the edges reads: "Service Above Self- He Profits Most Who Serves Best" In the center, the Rotary symbol and lettering that reads: "Let Service Light the Way- 75th Anniversary." On the back: Rotary International 1905 – 1980. Plate issued by Rotary Club, Clifton Park, NY, 1980
VIII.5DR-ART-22 Henry Field Stadium Pewter Plate pewter plate commemorating "Georgia's Henry Field Stadium – The Mecca of College Tennis." UGA seal on one side and Bulldog on the other. Middle of plate shows replica of stadium, undated
VIII.5DR-ART-23 State of Georgia Coin octagonal Lucite coin case w/ State of Georgia coin inside. One side of coin shows Native American woman and dogwoods. It reads "State of George 1776 – 1976." The other side shows pine tree branch w/ cone and reads "Albany on the Flint 1836 – 1976", 1976
VIII.5DR-ART-24 U.S. Army War College Paperweight painted pewter paperweight engraved w/ seal w/ picture of eagle and the words "Prudens Futuri." Around the edges reads United States Army War College and three stars. On the back: Presented to Hon. Dean Rusk by Commandant U.S. Army War College, August 1980
VIII.2DR-ART-25 Ferdinand & Imelda Inauguration Coins bronze coin w/ profiles of the Marcos. One side reads "Ferdinand and Imelda." Flip side has seal in center surrounded by stars. Reads: President of the Philippines – This nation can be great again Pres. And Mrs. Ferdinand E. Marcos Inauguration Encased in 12.5 mm x 12.5 mm wooden box w/ red velvet lined. Same as above, unboxed, December 30, 1965
VIII.2DR-ART-26 Kappa Alpha Order Certificate red folder w/ gold lettering reads: Kappa Alpha Order. Certificate inside (25.5 mm x 20.25 mm) reads: "The Court of Honor Kappa Alpha Order Unto all Kappa Alphas of this province – Peace Harmony Devotion- Dean Rusk of Sigma Chapter elected member of the Court of Honor – Order of Provincial Cross of Smith Province, April 14, 1987
VIII.5DR-ART-27 UGA Bicentennial Medallion/Sash silver pewter medallion on red/black felt sash. "Go Bulldogs" bone sticker on sash. One side of medallion reads: "The University of Georgia" and shows a tree w/ pictograms and motto: To teach, to inquire, to serve. Flip side reads: "UGA Bicentennial 200 – 1785 – 1985", 1985
2009/23_OSDR-ART-28 GAB "Georgian of the Year" Trophy wooden trophy. Wood cut-out of state mounted on gold columns on rectangular wood base. 2 gold eagles on either side. Brass plate on base reads: "Dean Rusk 1988" On the state a round plaque reads: "Georgia Association of Broadcasters Georgian of the Year (w/ GAB emblem)", 1988
VIII.5DR-ART-29 Sigma Iota Epsilon Pin/Pendant Small gold plated pin/pendant w/ Greek letters Sigma Iota Epsilon. Initials "DR" engraved on back. Held in case (plastic), undated
VIII.5DR-ART-30 "BZ" Pin Small gold pin of sphinx. Also a small stickpin of bird. Encased in plastic box, undated
VIII.5DR-ART-31 Wesley Homes Foundation Award Pendant/Sash Gold round pendant of two branches forming wreath w/ cubic zirconia at intersection of branches. Across branches is a gold bar w/ initials "D.R." Pinned to cobalt blue satin ribbon. Notecard reads: "Award given by Wesley Homes Foundation, Atlanta. Ama Rusk attended. LDR", April 27, 1990
VIII.1Plaque, "In appreciation to Honorable Dean Rusk Secretary of State and member 50th Anniversary Prestige Advisory Committee", 1969
VIII.2Certificate, University of Georgia Collegiate Chapter of the American Marketing Association, 1978
VIII.2Certificate, Rotary Foundation of Rotary International names Rusk as Paul Harris Fellow
VIII.2Mercer University Graduation Exercises program, 1978
VIII.2Program for dinner to honor former Secretaries of State, 1979
VIII.2Name plate, Dean Rusk
VIII.2Plaque, In appreciation for services to Balsa, 1979-80
VIII.2Plaque, Dean Rusk Honorary Marine Security Guard
VIII.2Plaque, The Employees' Award, Department of State
VIII.2Plaque, Congressional Charter Granted to the boy Scouts of America , 1966
VIII.2Plaque, Dean Rusk for Outstanding accomplishments in Public Service and International Relations, 1980
VIII.3Proclamation, International and Comparative Law Day Honoring Dean Rusk, 1977
VIII.3Diploma, Doctor of Laws, 1983
VIII.3Certificate, First Annual Dean Rusk Public Service Award from Georgia Military College, 1981
VIII.4Clippings and childrens drawings from Dean Rusk Middle School
VIII.7Bronze statue of Rusk's head
VIII.8Richard B. Russell Public Service Award , 1991