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Description: United States Secretary of State Dean Rusk (1909-1994) typed and signed this informative letter in 1961 to Mr. Harvey Tate, a news director in Boston, inviting him to a foreign policy briefing conference. Rusk states in part: “Since our briefing conferences last April, scores of people in the communications industry have written the Department to ask that such briefings be held periodically as a means of keeping the American public informed about foreign relations developments. There have been recent important developments involving such questions as Berlin, a nuclear test ban, general disarmament and the foreign aid program. These have been cited by communicators as evidence of need for an ‘updating conference.”

Rusk served as Secretary of State under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson (1961-1969). Before that, he served as President Harry S. Truman’s 1st Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizational Affairs (1949) and Truman’s 2nd Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs (1950-1951).

Typed on a sheet of 10 1/2″ x 8″ “The Secretary of State Washington” imprinted stationery.┬áItem #A01534

Condition: Mailing fold lines, this was stored in one of those ubiquitous “sticky” page photo albums leaving tidy, vertical stripes of glue residue on the verso and visible on the recto. Generally good condition with a neat, bold signature.