Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987

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James Rives Childs was born February 6, 1893 in Lynchburg, Virginia. He attended the Virginia Military Institute before graduating from Randolph-Macon College in 1912, then earned a master of arts from Harvard University in 1915. He served the United States Army during World War I as a cryptoanalyst and radio intelligence liaison in France. After the war he joined the American Relief Administration in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. In 1923 he joined the United States Foreign Service, eventually serving in such roles as U.S. envoy to Saudi Arabia April 27, 1946 to March 18, 1949 and, concurrently, to Yemen from August 22, 1946 until July 21, 1950; Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from March 2, 1949 to July 21, 1950; and Ambassador to Ethiopia April 19, 1951 to January 19, 1953. Ambassador Childs retired in 1953 and wrote fourteen books before his death in Richmond, Virginia on July 15, 1987.
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referencedIn Myron Bement Smith collection, circa 1910-1970 Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
referencedIn Adrian Goldstone Collection TXRC00-A16, 1922-1977 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. Papers of James Rives Childs, [manuscript] 1969 University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Muir, Percy H. (Percy Horace), 1894-1979. Muir mss. II, 1892-1981 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. Papers of J. Rives Childs, 1935-1987 (bulk 1975-1987) University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. Let the credit go [manuscript]: the autobiography of J. Rives Childs, 1983 University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf J. Rives Childs memoirs, undated Hoover Institution Archives
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. Correspondence of J. Rives Childs [manuscript] 1958-1972 University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Jefferson Patterson Papers, 1824-1978, (bulk 1921-1977) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. Papers of James Rives Childs 1862-1971 University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. Papers of James Rives Childs, [manuscript] 1942-1966 University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Literary Correspondence and Manuscripts Collection, undated, 1835-1990 Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. Proofs: of books by or about J. Rives Childs 1968-1969 [manuscript] University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. Letters to Jamie Cockfield 1970-1982 University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Goldstone, Adrian H., 1897-1977. Adrian Goldstone Collection, 1922-1977 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Blackford, Staige D. (Staige Davis), 1898-1949. Papers of Staige D. Blackford [manuscript], 1939-1949 University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924. Papers of Woodrow Wilson [manuscript], 1884-1923. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. Casanova: a biography based on new documents corrected proof / by J. Rives Childs, 1961. [i.e. 1969] Randolph-Macon College, McGraw-Page Library
creatorOf Rosenbach Company. Correspondence, 1903-1953 Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Marr, Bernhard. Catalogue of the papers of Jacques Casanova in the Stati Archivni, Mnichovo Hradǐste, Czechoslovakia [manuscript] University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Lucien Goldschmidt, Inc. Records, 1930-1991 (bulk 1937-1986) Grolier Club
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. Letters to Douglas Gordon, 1962-1974 University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1983-1987. Papers, 1914-1918 Randolph-Macon College, McGraw-Page Library
creatorOf Leeflang, Marco. About Casanova [manuscript]: correspondence between J. Rives Childs and Marco Leeflang, 1972-1983, 1986 University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. Papers of James Rives Childs [manuscript] 1869-1983 University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. Additional papers of James Rives Childs 1973-1976 University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. Foreign service farewell: my years in the Near East: typescript, 1969 / J. Rives Childs. Randolph-Macon College, McGraw-Page Library
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. Papers of J. Rives Childs 1973-1979 University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. Papers of J. Rives Childs 1904-1967 University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. Additional papers of James Rives Childs 1798-1973 University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. The present status of Casanova studies / by J. Rives Childs, 1980 Randolph-Macon College, McGraw-Page Library
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. The survivors [manuscript] 1965 University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. Papers of James Rives Childs 1823-1950. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Childs, J. Rives (James Rives), 1893-1987. Vignettes, or autobiographical fragments typescript / by J. Rives Childs, 1976 Randolph-Macon College, McGraw-Page Library
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associatedWith Beatty, Warren, 1937- person
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associatedWith Blackford, Staige D. (Staige Davis), 1898-1949. person
associatedWith British Broadcasting Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Brown family. family
associatedWith Bryant, Louise Stevens, 1885-1959. person
associatedWith Bryleine family. family
associatedWith Byrd, Harry Flood, 1914- person
associatedWith Campbell family. family
associatedWith Casanova, Giacomo, 1725-1798 person
associatedWith Childs family. family
spouseOf Childs, Georgina Brykline, 1893-1964. person
associatedWith Childs, John William, 1845-1930, person
associatedWith Childs, Lucy Howard Brown, 1858-1947, person
associatedWith Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965. person
associatedWith Clark, Mark W. (Mark Wayne), 1896-1984 person
associatedWith Cockfield, Jamie H., person
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associatedWith Darlan, François, 1881-1942. person
associatedWith Edwards family. family
associatedWith Filmer family. family
associatedWith Flournoy family. family
associatedWith Gee family. family
associatedWith Giraud, Henri, 1879-1949. person
associatedWith Glass, E. C. (Edward Christian), 1852-1931, person
associatedWith Glixon, David M., person
associatedWith Goldstone, Adrian H., 1897-1977 person
associatedWith Gordon, Douglas H., person
associatedWith Green family. family
associatedWith Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia, 1892-1975. person
associatedWith Hall, Melvin Adams, 1889-1962, person
associatedWith Hancock family. family
associatedWith Henderson, Loy W. (Loy Wesley), 1892-1986, person
associatedWith Hull, Cordell, 1871-1955, person
associatedWith Ibn Saʻūd, King of Saudi Arabia, 1880-1953. person
associatedWith Iseman, Peter A., person
associatedWith Izrazt︠s︡ov, Konstantin, person
associatedWith Javits, Jacob K. (Jacob Koppel), 1904-1986 person
associatedWith Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. person
associatedWith Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973. person
associatedWith Jouvenel, Marcelle de, 1896-1971. person
associatedWith Leeflang, Marco. person
associatedWith Leftwich family. family
associatedWith Lilienthal, Alfred M. person
associatedWith Limited Editions Club. corporateBody
correspondedWith Lucien Goldschmidt, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Marchal, Léon, 1900- person
associatedWith Mars, Francis L., person
associatedWith McGraw-Page Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Miller, Andrew P. (Andrew Pickens), 1932- person
associatedWith Miller, Henry, 1891-1980 person
associatedWith Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, 1919-1980. person
associatedWith Morris family. family
associatedWith Muir, Percy H. (Percy Horace), 1894-1979 person
associatedWith Murphy, Robert D. (Robert Daniel), 1894-1978 person
associatedWith Noguès, Charles, 1876-1971 person
associatedWith Orgaz, Luis person
associatedWith Patterson, Jefferson, 1891-1977. person
associatedWith Polišenský, Josef. person
associatedWith Powell, Anthony, 1905-2000 person
associatedWith Randolph-Macon College. corporateBody
associatedWith Reed, John, 1887-1920. person
associatedWith Reeve family. family
associatedWith Rosenbach Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Schroetter, Hilda Noel, person
associatedWith Scott, Hugh, 1900-1994 person
associatedWith Sheean, Dinah, person
associatedWith Shepard family. family
correspondedWith Smith, Myron Bement, 1897-1970 person
associatedWith St. Andrew's Church (Norfolk, Va.) corporateBody
associatedWith Stettinius, Edward R. (Edward Reilly), 1900-1949, person
associatedWith Stimson, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1867-1950, person
associatedWith Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972, person
associatedWith United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces. Radio Intelligence Section. corporateBody
employeeOf United States Department of State corporateBody
leaderOf United States Embassy (Ethiopia) corporateBody
leaderOf United States. Embassy (Saudi Arabia) corporateBody
employeeOf United States. Foreign Service. corporateBody
leaderOf United States Legation (Morocco) corporateBody
associatedWith Université de Nice. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Connecticut. University of Connecticut Libraries. corporateBody
associatedWith Vance, Cyrus R. (Cyrus Roberts), 1917-2002, person
associatedWith Vitelli, Tom. person
associatedWith Warner, John W., 1927- person
associatedWith Watzlawick, Helmut, person
associatedWith White, Luther W., person
associatedWith William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941 person
associatedWith Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924. person
associatedWith Wynn family. family
associatedWith Young, Charlotte Elizabeth, 1895-1982. person
associatedWith Young, Herrick B. (Herrick Black), 1904- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Tangier 57 MA
Bucharest 10 RO
Addis Ababa 44 ET
Jeddah 14 SA
Tehrān 26 IR
Russian Federation 00 RU
Lynchburg VA US
Cairo 11 EG
Nice B8 FR
Richmond VA US
Jerusalem 06 IL
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Capitulations
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns
World War, 1939-1945 Morocco
Authors, American--20th century--Anecdotes
Wine and wine making
Authors and publishers
Foreign relations--20th century
Diplomatic and consular service
World War, 1939-1945
Operation Torch
World War, 1939-1945--Photographs
Zionism--Controversial literature
Genealogy
Jewish--Arab relations
International relief
Folk art
World War, 1914-1918--Cryptography
Diplomats--Anecdotes
Diplomats
Student exchange programs
World War, 1914-1918 Secret service
Ciphers, German
Cryptography
Zionism
Voyages and travels
World War, 1939-1945--Diplomatic history
Occupation
Authors--20th century--United States
Ambassadors--United States
Diplomats--United States
Function
Diplomats
Authors, American--20th century

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Birth 1893-02-06

Death 1987-07-15

Male

Americans

English

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