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“John Foster Dulles: From Diploma to Diplomat” exhibited at Mudd

An exhibition celebrating the centennial of John Foster Dulles’ graduation from Princeton in 1908 is on view at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. “John Foster Dulles: From Diploma to Diplomat” chronicles the former secretary of state’s diplomatic career and his influence on U.S. foreign policy. The exhibition runs through Saturday, Jan. 31. For more information, visit

  • Mudd Library has six collections of materials about Dulles. The exhibition draws predominantly on the John Foster Dulles Papers, which measure 262.4 linear feet.
  • The 106 items on display include photographs, correspondence and articles about Dulles’ life and work. Also featured is a recording of the song “I Made a Fool of Myself Over John Foster Dulles” by Carol Burnett and Dulles’ Princeton diploma, which is signed by then-University president and future U.S. president Woodrow Wilson.
  • Dulles’ diplomatic career spanned both World Wars and the Cold War. He served four presidents: Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower.
  • His foreign service included participating in the Treaty of Versailles negotiations after World War I and negotiating the Japanese Peace Treaty of 1951, which formally ended World War II.
  • Dulles served as Eisenhower’s secretary of state from 1953 to 1959. He was the fifth Princetonian to hold the position.
  • The exhibit was curated by project archivist Adriane Hanson, with assistance from the Mudd Library’s summer intern, Pete Asch. In organizing the works, Hanson said she was most struck by Dulles’ enduring hope to “establish a lasting world peace.”