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David M. Foley papers
MS0362

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Foley, David M., (David Michael), 1937-2003
Title
David M. Foley papers
ID
MS0362
Date [inclusive]
1966-1971
Extent
2.0 Cubic feet
Language
English
Abstract
Notes Foley recorded from original government sources in the Liberian National Archives while he was researching the history of the Liberian government from the 1850s to the 1920s.

Preferred Citation note

David M. Foley Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

David Michael Foley was born in Springfield, Ohio on May 2, 1937. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Belmont Abbey College in 1959, a Master of Arts degree from Auburn University in 1961, and a Ph.D. in history from the London School of Economics in 1965. It was in 1965 when he moved to Sierra Leone to take a lecturing position at the University College in Sierra Leone, remaining there until 1967. While there, the Liberian government granted him special access to its national archives. During that trip Dr. Foley took extensive notes concerning the state of the Liberian archives and later published an article in the African Studies Bulletin, entitled “Liberia’s Archival Collection.” From 1967 to 1977, he was assistant professor of history at the University of Georgia; and in 1977, he became the Associate professor of history at Augusta College. During his career, he has been a co-editor of the African Studies Journal, a member of the American Historical Association, and a fellow of the African Studies Association.

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Biographical/Historical note

The history of Liberia begins in 1822, when freed slaves from the United States sailed to the west coast of Africa to establish for themselves a refuge, free from slavery, racial prejudice and discrimination they experienced in the United States. Their efforts were financed mostly by church and philanthropic organizations; and especially the American Colonization Society.

However, upon their arrival in Africa, these “American-Africans” encountered native tribes, whom the American-Africans felt to be inferior. Most of the subsequent history of the new country was marked by the mutual distrust that the American-Africans and native Africans had for each other. The language, customs, religion and culture that these settlers brought with them were of a much more Euro-American influence, and were sources of division of the incoming settlers on the coast, and the natives, living inland. Ultimately, the American-Liberians (who constituted a very small minority) dominated the natives in politics and society.

The new government was established in 1847, and the Republic of Liberia was declared on July 26 of that year. Liberia, a term derived from European languages, means “Land of the Free,” and its capital, Monrovia, was named after James Monroe, who was president of the American Colonization Society at one time.

To a certain extent, it was the European’s recognition of the American-Liberian culture, society and political establishment that prevented European powers from overwhelming and colonizing it in the latter part of the nineteenth century.

For most of its history, especially its early history, Liberia was isolated from the rest of the world. This began to change in the twentieth century. In 1926, the Liberian government granted a contract (called a “concession”) to the Firestone Plantation Company—a decision that began the modernization process of the Liberian economy. During World War II, the United States extended a great deal of technical and economic assistance that increased the rate of economic, industrial and social change.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection is comprised primarily of notes that Dr. David Foley made in 1966 while doing research in the Archives of the Republic of Liberia, covering the period of 1865 to 1945. In addition, there are twenty-two rare, and in some cases, unique copies of Liberian government documents dating from 1904 to 1919. These pamphlets have been transferred to the Atkins Library Rare Books Collection.

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Arrangement note

Dr. Foley’s papers have been arranged into six different series, according to the way he wrote and organized them during his research in the Liberian Archives. Series 1 includes an article that Dr. Foley wrote and had published in the African Studies Bulletin (v. 11, no. 2, pp 217-220) in its September 1968 issue. Series 1 also contains Svend E. Holsoe’s Bibliography on Liberia, which he compiled in 1971 while working for the University of Delaware.

Series 2 contains an extensive collection of Foley’s handwritten notes on the correspondence that was sent through the German Foreign Ministry concerning German commercial interests in Liberia. Foley recorded his notes on small sheets of paper, measuring 5 x 8 inches, and are stamped in red with the initials GFM (German Foreign Ministry). In addition to the intended development of German interests, there are also many references to similar British interests in Liberia as well.

Series 3 contains notes similar to those found in series 2, except that they concern primarily Liberian foreign diplomatic correspondence; and though they are headed with that title, Foley also included an assortment of such notes on correspondence between various branches of the Liberian government.

Series 4 contains Foley’s assorted notes on a variety of different government departments and 1 roll of microfilm, assorted pages from "The Lange Report".

Series 5 is a small quantity of unlabelled and miscellaneous material, and series 6 is a box of index cards with a variety of name and subject headings.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 2006

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223
704-687-1170
spec-coll@uncc.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

David M. Foley.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, 2006.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Printed governmental publications moved to the Rare Book Collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Liberia. Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Bureau of Archives

Geographic Name(s)

  • Liberia--Foreign relations
  • Liberia--Politics and government--19th century
  • Liberia--Politics and government--20th century

Personal Name(s)

  • Foley, David M., (David Michael), 1937-2003
  • Holsoe, Svend E.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Foley “Liberia’s Archival Collection.” Holsoe, “A Bibliography on Liberia, Part I: Books.” (undated)

Volume
1

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Series 2: German Foreign Ministry (undated)

Scope and Contents note

Notes on correspondence

Box
1
Box Folder

GFM21.108

1 1

GFM21:109 Pack 1

1 2

GFM21:109 Pack 2

1 3

GFM21:109 Pack 3

1 4

GFM21:109 Pack 4

1 5

GFM21:109 n.d. Pack 5

1 6

GFM21:109 Pack 6

1 7

GFM21:109 Pack 7

1 8

GFM21:109 Pack 8

1 9

GFM21:109 Pack 9

1 10

GFM21:109 Pack 10

1 11

GFM21:109 Pack 11

1 12

GFM21:109 [un-numbered]

1 13

GFM21:110 Pack 1

1 14

GFM21:110 Pack 2

1 15

GFM21:110 Pack 3

1 16

GFM21:110 Pack 4

1 17

GFM21:110 Pack 5

1 18

GFM21:276 1898-1908

1 19

GFM21:276 1909-

1 20

GFM21:276

1 21

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Series 3: Bureau of Archives—State Department. Foreign Correspondence. 1857-1923

Box
2
Box Folder

State Dept: Miscellaneous Correspondence 1857-1899

2 1

Liberian Consulate: Correspondence 1901-1909

2 2

State Dept.: Foreign & Domestic Correspondence 1900-1917

2 3

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1868-1872

2 4

State Dept.: Foreign & Domestic Correspondence 1872-1873

2 5

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1873-1874

2 6

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1876-1877

2 7

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1877-1878

2 8

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1878-1880

2 9

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1880-1882

2 10

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1884-1886

2 11

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1887

2 13

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1886-1889

2 14

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1887-1888

2 15

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1888-1889

2 16

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1889-1890

2 17

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1890-1892

2 18

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1892-1918

2 19

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1898-1902

2 20

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1902-1904

2 21

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1904-1907

2 22

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1908

2 23

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1909

2 24

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1910-1911

2 25

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1911-1915

2 26

State Dept.: Foreign Correspondence 1912-1914

2 27

State Dept.: German Correspondence 1912-1921

2 28

State Dept.: French Correspondence 1894-1899

2 29

State Dept.: French Correspondence 1897-1906

2 30

State Dept.: French Correspondence 1912-1918

2 31

State Dept.: British Correspondence 1899-1909

2 32
Bin Folder

State Dept.: British Correspondence 1912-1919

2 33
Box Folder

State Dept.: US correspondence 1858-1900

2 34

State Dept.: US correspondence 1912-1921

2 35

State Dept.: Local Correspondence 1884-1888

2 36

State Dept.: Local Correspondence 1898-1905

2 37

State Dept.: Local Correspondence 1905-1913

2 38

State Dept.: Recording Book 1884-1906

2 39

Liberian Development Co. 1907

2 40

State Dept.: Correspondence with Exec. and Legislature 1892-1895

2 41

State Dept.: Correspondence with Legislature 1897-1906

2 42

State Dept.: Correspondence with Legislature 1907-1912

2 43

Executive Mansion Correspondence 1857-1899

2 44

Executive Mansion Correspondence 1883-1885

2 45

Executive Mansion Correspondence 1885-1888

2 46

Executive Mansion Correspondence 1888-1892

2 47

Executive Mansion Correspondence 1892-1893

2 48

Executive Mansion Correspondence 1893-1894

2 49

Executive Mansion Correspondence 1894-1896

2 50

Executive Mansion Correspondence 1896-1899

2 51

Executive Mansion Correspondence 1899-1905

2 52

Executive Mansion Correspondence 1905-1910

2 53

Executive Mansion Correspondence 1905-1912

2 54

Executive Mansion Correspondence 1908-1912

2 55

Arthur Barclay Papers: Foreign 1904-1911

2 56

Arthur Barclay Papers undated

2 57

Arthur Barclay Correspondence 1904-1912

2 58

Executive Mansion: Diary 1909

2 59

Presidential Commission: Report 1907-1909

2 60

Cabinet Minutes 1885-1892

2 61

Cabinet Records 1892-1904

2 62

Cabinet Records 1904-1911

2 63

Treasury Department Report 1889-1890

2 64

Treasury Department Report 1892-1900

2 65

Auditor General: Reports 1908

2 66

Legislative Acts and Resolutions 1860-1900

2 67

Legislative Acts 1907-1923

2 68

Senate Journal 1887-1892

2 69

Senate Journal 1892-1902

2 70

Senate Journal 1902-1908

2 71

Senate Journal 1908-1914

2 72

House of Representatives Journal 1904-1911

2 73

Senate Correspondence 1908-1911

2 74

Senate Correspondence 1911-1912

2 75

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Series 4: Notes on Assorted Government Documents 1870-1912

Box
3
Box Folder

Braithwait Wallis-Apt. Consul, Monrovia undated

3 1

Loan of 1870 1870

3 2

Liberian Concession of 1890 1890

3 3

Anglo-Liberian Boundary thru 1903 1903

3 4

Anglo-Liberian Boundary from 1903-1912 1903-1912

3 5

Intro Ch. undated

3 6

Unsorted Notes – Published Sources undated

3 7

Biographies: F. O. Staff – Bankers, etc. undated

3 8

Early Anglo-Liberian Relations undated

3 9

Liberian Borders and Sierra Leon, to 1885 1885

3 10

Est. of British Consulate Ques. Of 1890s undated

3 11

Cavally Riots/Border Dispute undated

3 12

KRU Labor Question undated

3 13

Br. Policy 1890-1902

3 14

French in Liberia undated

3 15

Germany in Liberia undated

3 16

British Reforms 1907

3 17

Cadell Incident undated

3 18

Br. Policy after Cadell 1904-1912

3 19

Anglo-US re: Liberia undated

3 20

Dispute Treaty of 1912 1912

3 21

Loan of 1912 1912

3 22

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Series 5: Miscellaneous Notes (undated) Note cards and 1 roll of microfilm

Scope and Contents note

Box contents include 1 reel of microfilm: "The Lange Report : Preliminary history of the Loan of 1912" (pp. 338-376, 379-405, 422-441)

Box
4

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Series 6: Index

Box
5

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