Guide to the Alexander Vincent Dye Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Dye, Alexander Vincent, 1876-1956
Title: Alexander Vincent Dye papers
Dates: 1897-1941 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.0 linear feet (3 boxes and 1 volume)
Collection Number: Ax 134
Summary: Alexander Vincent Dye (1876-1956) served in the U.S. foreign service in Mexico, Buenos Aires, and London. The collection contains professional and personal correspondence, reports on commercial and political affairs, trip summaries and memoranda, manuscript material, biographical information, mementos, and a scrapbook, 1897-1941.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

Alexander Vincent Dye (1876-1956) was educated at William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri, and the University of Leipzig.

He entered the U.S. foreign service in 1909, and served as consul in Nogales, Mexico, 1909-1913. From 1913 to 1916 he worked for Phelps, Dodge and Co. in New Mexico, and then rejoined the consular service.

He was representative of the War Trade Board in Norway, 1917-1919, commercial attache in Mexico City, 1923-1926, and in Buenos Aires, 1926-1936. From 1936 to 1939 he was director of the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, and in 1939-1940 commercial attache in London. Dye retired in 1940.

Content Description

The collection contains professional and personal correspondence, reports on commercial and political affairs, trip summaries and memoranda, manuscript material, biographical information, mementos and a scrapbook.

Personal and business correspondence (and reports) are mixed together and arranged chronologically, 1897-1941. There are about 528 letters

Reports include information on commercial and political affairs. While an employee of Phelps, Dodge and Co., Dye continued to report on the Mexican border arms traffic to William Jennings Bryan.

One section of correspondence, 1929-1930, deals with the purchase of the American embassy building in Buenos Aires. Major correspondents include his son, Russell Dye, Thomas D. Bowman, Fred M. Dearing, and James R. Sheffield.

There are also articles, mementos, a scrapbook, and an autobiography in manuscript form among the papers.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Alexander Vincent Dye papers, Ax 134, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff, 1995.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.


  • Subject Terms :
  • Diplomatic and consular service, American
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence

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