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Camps papers

Identifier: MS 0627

Scope and Contents

The papers of Miriam Camps consist of both personal and professional information. They include correspondence with, among others, her sister Margaret Schwartz, Bill Diebold, Linc Gordon, John and Margaret Leddy, Carl D. Corse, Jacques Reinstein, Francois Duchene, Henry Owens, Prudence Steiner and Julie Katzman, (1959-1993); writings and reference notes (1950-1985); notebooks (1954-1975); approximately 158 books; memos; papers, articles and pamphlets (both by Camps and by others); 17 Subject Files on topics such as Europe, Trade, UNCTAD, etc.; biographical material consisting of a "Chronology" of her life, resumes, interviews, articles, a book of friends' recollections, a video cassette, newspaper clippings and obituaries and tributes (1937-1995); "daily diaries" (appointment books), dated from 1954-1993; passports (1954-1988); and photographs. The materials document her long career in international economics and politics. They provide detailed information about her published and unpublished work in the field of international relations; the conferences she attended and talks she gave; and her interest in a variety of economic and political institutions and policies.


  • Creation: 1937-1995
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1960 - 1980

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Biographical Note

Miriam Camp was born in 1916 in Lynn, Massachusetts, and graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1937. After receiving her master's degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1938, she was a foreign affairs officer in the U.S. Department of State from 1939-1954. During that time she worked in several foreign affairs departments. Among them were the Board of Economic Warfare at the U.S. Embassy in London, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Economic and Social Affairs, the Policy Planning Staff and the Bureau of European Affairs. She specialized in problems relating to European economic cooperation and integration and was involved in the development and implementation of the Marshall Plan, the Organization for European Economic Cooperation (which became the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), the European Coal and Steel Community and other forerunners of the European Community. In 1953 she was acting head of the US Delegation to the annual meeting in Geneva of the UN Economic Commission for Europe.<p> In 1954, she resigned to marry Professor William A. Camps, Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge University and was an editor at the Economist from 1954-1956. Camps returned to the Department of State in 1961 as a consultant to the under secretary for economic affairs, and in 1967 she became an international economist in the Office of the Secretary. She was appointed vice chairwoman of the Policy Planning Staff from 1968-1970. She was associated with the organization known as Political and Economic Planning (London), the Royal Institute of Foreign Affairs (London), and the Council on Foreign Relations (New York). Her association with the Council on Foreign Relations began in 1963, and led to the publication of several studies, among them "First World Relationships: the Role of the OECD"; the "1980s Project," and "The New Multilateralism: Can the International Trading System Be Saved?" (in collaboration with William Diebold).<p> Camps was the author of eight books, including "Britain and the European Community, 1955-63"; "What Kind of Europe?"; and "European Unification in the Sixties". She also wrote numerous articles for professional journals. She received an honorary LL.D. degree from Mount Holyoke College (1959); was a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge University; and was a member of the Executive Committee and Council of the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London. <p> Miriam C. Camps died in 1995.


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Camps, Miriam Camp, 1916-1995; Foreign Affairs Officer, editor, author. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1937. Papers consist of correspondence, writings, notebooks, 158 books, memos, papers, articles and pamphlets by Camps and others, biographical material, appointment book, passports, and photographs. Seventeen subject fields on topics such as Europe and trade. Primarily documenting her career in international relations with specific interest in the economics and politics of Europe.


Arranged in 15 series. Series A. Correspondence. Series B. Writings and Book Notes. Series C. Notebooks. Series D. Conferences. Series E. Talks. Series F. Trips. Series G. Interviews. Series H. Subject Files. Series I. Others' Writings. Series J. Clippings and References. Series K. Books. Series L. Daily Diaries. Series M. Passports and Memorabilia. Series N. Biographical Material. Series O. Photographs.

Camp Papers, 1937-1995 (bulk 1960-1980)
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