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November 24, 2010

Photos from Ambassador Earl E. T. Smith's papers

In November the Hoover Institution Archives received the papers of Ambassador Earl E. T. Smith, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Cuba from June 1957 until January 1959.

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Earl E. T. Smith

Smith, outside the Bank of Palm Beach and Trust Company, on whose board he served. Undated, circa 1957. (Box 5, Photographs and memorabilia; Earl E.T. Smith Papers)

Invitation to Smith from President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Invitation to Smith from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to a dinner at the White House, June 1957, shortly before Smith’s appointment as U.S. ambassador to Cuba. (Box 1, Correspondence: Eisenhower, Dwight D.; Earl E.T. Smith Papers)

Remarks by Ambassador Smith on the violent crackdown by Cuban police forces

Remarks by Ambassador Smith on the violent crackdown by Cuban police forces on antigovernment protesters during Smith’s visit to Santiago de Cuba in July 1957. Smith’s critical comments about the actions Fulgencio Batista’s regime in its repression of political dissidents led to harsh criticism of Smith by the Cuban government and calls for his removal. (Box 2, Cuba: Santiago incident, press releases; Earl E.T. Smith Papers)

Statement by Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, on August 6, 1957

Statement by Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, on August 6, 1957, translated into Spanish, defending Smith’s comments about the Santiago incident. Dulles said he was pleased that “we have some ambassadors…who are not simply automatons, but who have humanitarian feelings, which they express from time to time without, perhaps, observing diplomatic niceties.” (Box 2, Cuba: Santiago incident, press releases; Earl E.T. Smith Papers)

Memorandum from Earl Smith to President-Elect John F. Kennedy

Memorandum from Earl Smith to President-Elect John F. Kennedy, December 1960, advising Kennedy on how to work with Cuban exiles and the Organization of American States to counteract the influence of Fidel Castro’s regime. (Box 1, Correspondence: Kennedy, John F.; Earl E.T. Smith Papers)

Letter to Smith from President Kennedy

Letter to Smith from President Kennedy alluding to an enclosed copy of the Congressional Record containing positive comments on the floor of the House of Representatives concerning Smith’s proposed appointment as U.S. ambassador to Switzerland. (As it turned out, Smith did not take up this position.) (Box 1, Correspondence: Kennedy, John F.; Earl E.T. Smith Papers)