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The Armistead Selden Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: P102

Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection are devoted almost exclusively to foreign policy positions, bills and directives in relation to Latin America, NATO, Vietnam and the Soviet Union during his tenure as Representative from 1957-1969. No materials discuss his domestic policies. Some assorted materials in Box 5 are related to Sewanee and the Centennial Celebration. Box 6 contains government documents but lack SuDoc numbers. Boxes 1-5 contain mainly speeches before crowds, constituents and the House of Representatives, correspondence with diplomats, ambassadors, other representatives, the press and members of the leadership of The University of The South.


  • 1956 - 1969


Conditions Governing Use


Biographical / Historical

Collection of Materials related to Armistead Inge Selden Jr (February 20, 1921 – November 14, 1985) who served as a representative for the State of Alabama's Sixth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from January 3, 1953 to January 3, 1969. He was a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and head of the Subcommittee on Inter-American Affairs and was a prominent figure in US relations with South America. He was influential in establishing the embargo against Cuba in October 1960 and their expulsion from the Organization of American States in January 1962. He left the House to run for Senate in 1969, but did not win the election. He later became US ambassador to New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji and Western Samoa during the Nixon, Ford and Carter Administrations. He attended The University of The South, class of 1942, and served in the US Navy as an officer during WWII. He died of cancer in Birmingham in 1985 and was buried in the Greensboro City Cemetery.


5.3 Linear Feet : Collection contains four full-sized legal-sized boxes, one half-sized legal and one full-sized letter. All materials are in good condition.

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian




Materials have been altered from their original arrangement.


An article from the January 23, 1967 edition of US News and World Report interviewing Selden regarding the Panama Canal Zone accrued to this collection during processing by archivist. Several letters written to the Congressman were in regards to his interview, but the article itself was not present.

The Armistead Selden Collection
Kris Kallies
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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