Charles Howard Carter diplomatic history collection
- Carter, Charles Howard (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for use.
Conditions Governing Use
40.05 Cubic Feet (8 record center cartons, 1 letter size document box, 30 flat boxes (25 x 21 x 3 inches), 1 flat boxes (11 x 9 x 3 inches), 3 flat boxes (21 x 17 x 3 inches), 1 custom box (14 x 10.5 x 4 inches))
Carter contributed many articles to historical journals, but he is best known for two monographs; The Secret Diplomacy of the Habsburgs (1964) and The Western European Powers, 1500-1700 (1971). Both volumes are valuable guides to the politics and diplomacy of the period, but the second title also serves as a manual for discovering the various types of sources, collections, and repositories that can be useful in the study of early modern diplomatic history.
In 1971, Carter began a project to acquire a microfilm collection of European documents to be used for his own research as well as that of other seventeenth-century scholars. The collection when completed would describe and authenticate the diplomatic and domestic history of the period (1590-1635) and the scope of international relations affecting Spain, England, France, and the Spanish Netherlands. Correspondence between the courts, dispatches of the ambassadors, and minutes of state meetings were copied and filmed to eventually total nearly 480 reels of microfilm. The manuscripts selected by Professor Carter to be filmed were from the collections of the British Library and Public Record Office in London, Brussels' Archives Generales du Royaume, the Bibliotheque Nationale (Paris), and the Biblioteca Nacional and the Archivo General de Simancas in Spain.
Professor Carter's final written project was to be an analysis of the relationship between James I and the Spanish ambassador, Diego Sarmiento de Acuna, Count of Gondomar based on the diplomatic correspondence and related documents exchanged between the two courts.
Charles Howard Carter died March 24, 1990 before the completion of his work on James I and Gondomar.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
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