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Ellis D. Slater collection of Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower materials

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0084
Dwight David Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas in 1890 and died in 1969. he was the 34th President of the United States. The collection, 1948-1979, consists of nearly 180 holographic letters written by Dwight D. Eisenhower and recieved by his personal friends, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Slater, from November 1948 until March 1969. Letters and other materials from Mamie Eisenhower to the Slaters number 114 items and date from October 1950 to November 1979.

Dates

  • 1948-1979

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Extent

0.71 Cubic Feet (1 legal size document box, 1 legal half-size document box)

Biographical / Historical

Dwight David Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas in 1890 and died in 1969. He was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (1915) and served as commander and chief of Allied forces in western Europe during the second World War. After his retirement from military service, he was president of Columbia University (1948-1953) until his election as thirty-fourth president of the U.S. (1954-1962). Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie Doud Eisenhower, were friends of Ellis Dwinnell Slater (1895-1891), a beverage company executive and trustee of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Slater was author of "The Ike I Knew" published in 1980.

Scope and Contents

The collection, 1948-1979, consists of nearly 180 holographic letters written by Dwight D. Eisenhower and recieved by his personal friends, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Slater, from November 1948 until March 1969. Letters and other materials from Mamie Eisenhower to the Slaters number 114 items and date from October 1950 to November 1979. The collection includes letters about golf excusrions, parties, bridge games, holidays, and the illness of President Eisenhower. A few letters were previously published in Ellis D. Slater's book, "The Ike I know."

Other Finding Aids

An inventory of this collection can be found in the provenance file as part of the collection's appraisal.

Custodial History

This collection was originally donated to the Ellis D. Slater Library at Eisenhower College in Seneca Falls, NY. When Eisenhower College was dissolved, the collection was temporarily relocated to the University of Rochester. The University of Rochester had no collection development strength in Eisenhower materials, so Slater donated the collection to the History Department at Johns Hopkins University in 1982. The collection was subsequently transferred to the Library, which was named after Eisenhower's brother, former Johns Hopkins University President Milton S. Eisenhower. More details about the custodial history of this collection can be found in the provenance file.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Ellis D. Slater in November, 1982.

Related Materials

Personal letters exchanged between Dwight D. Eisenhower and Milton S. Eisenhower can be found in Milton S. Eisenhower's series in Office of the President records, RG.02.001.

Processing Information

Originally processed by unknown Library staff. Additional processing by Emily Davidson and Jordon Steele, July 2015.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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