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Wallace McClure Papers

Identifier: MPA-0126

  • Staff Only

This collection contains the papers of Wallace McClure assembled from his many political and legal positions. There are Department of State Treaty Division Policy Memorandums (1928-1942), Foreign Service Auxiliary Diaries (1943-46), Administrative Memorandums (1928-1942), Memorandums on Copyright (1930-1939), and notes on copyright bills. There are also seminar notes, notes from various committees, addresses, articles, reviews, teaching materials, and published pieces written by or about him. In addition, included are prep school and University of Tennessee keepsakes from his attendance at both, books concerning the McClure family and Clan MacLeod, and miscellaneous books, photographs, and papers. Contains correspondence with Margaret Mitchell in regards international copyright questions.


  • 1906-1973

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20 Linear Feet (20 boxes.)


This collection contains the papers of Wallace McClure, who was in the State Department prior to and during World War II and taught international relations at various universities.

Biographical/Historical Note

Wallace McClure was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on July 30, 1890 and was graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1910. In 1915 he received his Ph. D. degree from Columbia University. He was admitted to the local bar at Knoxville in 1911 and the bar of the United States District Court in 1920. He practiced in Knoxville as a member of Sansom and McClure from 1916 to 1917.

McClure enjoyed a long career in international law which spanned the period 1925 through 1961 Among his many positions, he served as a teacher in the School of Foreign Service in 1925 (teaching commercial policy and treaties), lecturer in 1935 at Des Moines public forums, lecturer in 1936 at Colorado Springs and Chattanooga, and lecturer in 1936-37 at Johns Hopkins. He was an officer in the Department of State (1920-1951) and served as economic analyst to the Foreign Service Auxiliary. He was with the American Legation at Stockholm from 1942 to 1946 He also served as avisiting lecturer at the University of Virginia from 1954 to 1955, was a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Dacca, East Pakistan, 1955-56, was consulting director of the World Rule of Law Center in 1958, and was visiting professor of Law at Duke University (1958-1961) He was the author of a number of books and articles on state constitution making, commercial policy, executive agreements, world law, and world legal order

Related Archival Materials Note

Related collections at the University of Tennessee include Wallace McClure Collection, MPA.0129; Wallace McClure Letter, undated, MS.1720; and the Wallace McClure Collection on Gone With the Wind, 1939 - 1950, MS.0919.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA