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Inventory of the George W. Landau papers
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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: George W. Landau papers
    Dates: 1942-2006
    Collection Number: 2007C19
    Creator: Landau, George W., 1920-
    Collection Size: 8 manuscript boxes (3.2 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Speeches and writings, correspondence, memoranda, reports, clippings and other printed matter, and video tapes, relating to American relations with Paraguay, Chile, Venezuela, and other countries in Latin America.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: English and Spanish

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    Access to sound recordings, video recordings, or motion picture material requires at least two weeks advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives for further information.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], George W. Landau papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2007.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    George W. Landau was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1920. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States of America in 1943. In 1942, he joined the United States Army as a private and had achieved the rank of Captain by the end of his active duty in 1947. His fluency in German and his Austrian origin made him valuable to the United States Military Intelligence Service in Austria during World War II. In 1947, Landau became an active reserve officer until he retired as a Colonel in 1975.
    From 1942 to 1955, George W. Landau was an assistant vice-president at Inta-Mar Shipping Corp, in charge of the Latin-American Division of the international freight forwarder. In 1955, he worked in Colombia as the general manager of a distributor for Chrysler. In 1957, he entered the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State and was stationed in Montevideo, Uruguay, as the commercial attaché and chief of the economic section until 1962. From 1962 to 1965 he worked as the supervising political officer in Madrid, Spain. He attended the Canadian National Defense College in Ontario from 1965-1966.
    Between 1966 and 1972, Landau worked as the country director in the Office of Spanish and Portuguese Affairs at the State Department in Washington. He became the ambassador to Paraguay in 1972 and remained there until 1977. His career as ambassador to Paraguay was marked by the controversy surrounding the Letelier Case. Orlando Letelier, the former Chilean defense minister in the government of Salvador Allende, was assassinated in Washington, DC in 1976. Landau served as the ambassador to Chile from 1977 until 1982. His career in Chile was defined by his involvement in the resolution of the Beagle Channel Conflict between Chile and Argentina regarding control of islands and waterways strategically located off the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego. He was nominated as the ambassador to Guatemala in 1980, but the nomination was aborted. Landau served as the ambassador to Venezuela from 1982 to 1985.
    From 1985 to 1993, he was the President of the Council of the Americas and Americas Society. During his time with the council he served on the boards of several private companies with interests in South America. In 1993, Landau retired as President of the council and moved to Florida with his wife, Mary Landau.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains documents and video related to the life of George W. Landau, starting with his entrance into active duty with the United States Army during 1942 until his retirement as president of the Council of the Americas and Americas Society in 1993. From George W. Landau's early military career the collection contains military awards, certificates, and intelligence correspondence by the U.S. Army from World War II.
    The collection is comprised primarily of diplomatic correspondence, speeches and writings, memoranda, reports, interviews, clippings, other printed matter and videocassettes, relating to American relations with Spain, Portugal, Paraguay, Chile, Guatemala, and Venezuela during George W. Landau's career in the U.S. Foreign Service. There are documents pertaining to the Letelier Case (the assassination of Orlando Letelier, a Chilean political figure and activist, in Washington, D.C. in 1976) and the Beagle Channel Conflict between Chile and Argentina regarding control of islands and waterways strategically located off the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego.
    Further personal and professional correspondence, clippings, and other printed matter exist from his career as president of the Council of the Americas and Americas Society.

    Arrangement

    The material reflects the original order of the papers when received from the donor.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    United States. Dept. of State.
    United States Foreign relations Paraguay.
    Paraguay Foreign relations United States.
    United States Foreign relations Chile.
    Chile Foreign relations United States.
    United States Foreign relations Venezuela.
    Venezuela Foreign relations United States.
    United States Foreign relations Latin America.
    Latin America Foreign relations United States.
    Videotapes
    Diplomats United States.