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Cordell Hull Centennial Collection

Identifier: MPA-0117
In conjunction with Hull's one-hundredth anniversary observance, UT Professor of Political Science and International Law, Salo Engel, supervised the editing of a proposed volume of essays evaluating various aspects of Hull's career, especially his service as U. S. Secretary of State during the Franklin Roosevelt administration. Among those contributing manuscripts for the proposed volume were Senator Albert Gore (D., Tenn.), Stanley J. Folmsbee, James A. Farley, Dean Rusk, and Averell Harriman.

The largest part of this collection contains correspondence between Dr. Engel and numerous individuals who were chosen to contribute manuscripts to the proposed volume. Among those invited to participate in the project were former Presidents Johnson and Truman, former U. S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson, historian James Mac Gregor Burns, and former National Security Advisor Mc George Bundy. Other materials include correspondence documenting the publication and funding of the proposed project, several unpublished essays on Hull and related topics, and a proposal, initiated by Dr. Engel, for the establishment of a permanent Cordell Hull Memorial Research Center at UT. Unfortunately, Dr. Engel's untimely death dealt a blow to the Hull project and the volume of essays was never published.


  • 1971


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This collection houses materials documenting the planned one-hundredth anniversary observance of the late U. S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull in 1971. This anniversary coincided with the twenty-fifth anniversary of his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946 and the fortieth anniversary of his election to the U. S. Senate in 1931.

Biographical/Historical Note

Salo Engel was born on July 13, 1908 in Austria. He began his higher education at the University of Frankfurt, where he graduated cum laude in 1931. He then worked as a lawyer in Frankfurt am Main until 1933, when he resumed his studies at the University of Geneva in Graduate Institute of International Studies. He earned his Ph.D in political science from this institution in 1936, and continued on to perform postdoctoral work at the Academy of International Law in the Hague, Netherlands, in 1937. Engel began working for the Geneva Research Center in 1937, where he remained until taking a position with the Permanent Court of International Justice in 1941.

Engel emigrated to the United States with his wife, Rosel Brauner Engel, in approximately 1947 and began working as a professor of political science and international law at the University of Tennessee. After his naturalization in 1952, he held temporary positions with Harvard University (1958-1959), Louisiana State University (1967), and Middle Tennessee State University (1971). He also served as the legal codification advisor to Panama from 1955 to 1957. Engel died in Knoxville, Tennessee, in October of 1972.

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as MS.1110

Repository Details

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

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA