Biographer sought for William Chapman Foster, first director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

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From: Malcolm Byrne, National Security Archive
 

The family of William Chapman Foster, first director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (1962-68), is seeking a specialist to write his biography.

Foster held several other key positions in business and government from the 1930s – 1970s, including, among others: Undersecretary of Commerce (1946-48), Deputy then full Administrator of the Marshall Plan (1949-51), assorted leadership roles in creating NATO, and Deputy Secretary of Defense (1951-1953). 

Foster's official papers are housed at the George Marshall Museum, but his family reports that they have many boxes of letters, documents, articles, photographs, and artifacts related to each of his official positions as well as his personal life. His granddaughter by marriage has spent the last two years compiling and organizing the materials, physically and digitally, and hopes "to make them available to a biographer who can bring them to life."

If interested in exploring this opportunity, please contact Marcie Foster at farciemoster@gmail.com.