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Alexander Vincent Dye papers

Identifier: Ax 134

Scope and Contents

The collection contains professional and personal correspondence, reports on commercial and political affairs, trip summaries and memoranda, manuscript material, biographical information, mementos and a scrapbook.

Personal and business correspondence (and reports) are mixed together and arranged chronologically, 1897-1941. There are about 528 letters.

Reports include information on commercial and political affairs. While an employee of Phelps, Dodge and Co., Dye continued to report on the Mexican border arms traffic to William Jennings Bryan.

One section of correspondence, 1929-1930, deals with the purchase of the American embassy building in Buenos Aires. Major correspondents include his son, Russell Dye, Thomas D. Bowman, Fred M. Dearing, and James R. Sheffield.

There are also articles, mementos, a scrapbook, and an autobiography in manuscript form among the papers.


  • 1897-1941


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Alexander Vincent Dye (1876-1956) was educated at William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri, and the University of Leipzig.

He entered the U.S. foreign service in 1909, and served as consul in Nogales, Mexico, 1909-1913. From 1913 to 1916 he worked for Phelps, Dodge and Co. in New Mexico, and then rejoined the consular service.

He was representative of the War Trade Board in Norway, 1917-1919, commercial attache in Mexico City, 1923-1926, and in Buenos Aires, 1926-1936. From 1936 to 1939 he was director of the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, and in 1939-1940 commercial attache in London. Dye retired in 1940.


2 linear feet (3 boxes and 1 volume) : 3 clam shell boxes and 1 volume.

Language of Materials



Alexander Vincent Dye (1876-1956) served in the U.S. foreign service in Mexico, Buenos Aires, and London. The collection contains professional and personal correspondence, reports on commercial and political affairs, trip summaries and memoranda, manuscript material, biographical information, mementos, and a scrapbook, 1897-1941.


Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1995.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

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Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA