Dumbarton Oaks Microsite

Sessions

The Dumbarton Oaks Conversations were held in two phases. The first, between 21 August and 28 September 1944, involved representatives of the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The second, between 29 September and 7 October 1944, brought together representatives of China, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Since the Russian and Chinese delegations could not meet at the same time and at the same place, the organizers took pains to hold the talks with the Chinese delegates at the same place where the conversations with the Soviet cohort were held.

 

Documents and Photographs

 

Draft memorandum, “Pass Procedure for Admittance to Dumbarton Oaks” Draft memorandum, “Pass Procedure for Admittance to Dumbarton Oaks”
 
Admission passes to the premises of Dumbarton Oaks during the Conversations Admission passes to the premises of Dumbarton Oaks during the Conversations
 
Military police guarding the main gate at Dumbarton Oaks during the Conversations Military police guarding the main gate at Dumbarton Oaks during the Conversations
 
Gavel used to open the Dumbarton Oaks Conversations on 21 August 1944 Gavel used to open the Dumbarton Oaks Conversations on 21 August 1944
The gavel is made of wood from the USS Constellation, one of the six original frigates authorized by the United States in 1794. The USS Constellation was the first of the six frigates to go to sea, in June 1798, at the beginning of the undeclared naval war with France.
 
The Washington Conversations on International Organization, Program for the Opening Session, 21 August 1944 The Washington Conversations on International Organization, Program for the Opening Session, 21 August 1944
 
Opening session of the Dumbarton Oaks Conversations Opening session of the Dumbarton Oaks Conversations
Seated at the center table (left to right): Sir Alexander Cadogan; Earl of Halifax; Cordell Hull; Andrei A. Gromyko; Edward R. Stettinius, Jr.
 
Delegation leaders at the opening session of the Dumbarton Oaks Conversations, 21 August 1944 Delegation leaders at the opening session of the Dumbarton Oaks Conversations, 21 August 1944
Left to rigth: Sir Alexander Cadogan; Earl of Halifax; Cordell Hull; Andrei A. Gromyko; Edward R. Stettinius, Jr.
 
Delegates confer during a meeting recess Delegates confer during a meeting recess
Admiral Sir Percy Noble; Edward R. Stettinius, Jr.; Sir Alexander Cadogan; Sir William Malkin; (in background) A. H. Poynton.
 
Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., speaking at a session in the Music Room Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., speaking at a session in the Music Room
 
Leading members of the Chinese delegation at the opening of the second phase of the Dumbarton Oaks Conversations, 29 September 1944, together with the American and British delegations Leading members of the Chinese delegation at the opening of the second phase of the Dumbarton Oaks Conversations, 29 September 1944, together with the American and British delegations
Left to right: Dr. Wei Tao-ming; Dr. V. K. Wellington Koo; Dr. H. H. Kung; Cordell Hull; Earl of Halifax; Sir Alexander Cadogan; Edward R. Stettinius, Jr.
 
Members of the American delegation at luncheon on the terrace at Dumbarton Oaks Members of the American delegation at luncheon on the terrace at Dumbarton Oaks
In the foreground (left to right): James Clement Dunn; Admiral Arthur J. Hepburn; Dr. Isaiah Bowman; Leo Pasvolsky. In the background (left to right): Henry P. Fletcher; Breckinridge Long; Green H. Hackworth.
 
Informal chat at Dumbarton Oaks Informal chat at Dumbarton Oaks
Seated (left to right): Peter Loxley; Sir Alexander Cadogan; Edward R. Stettinius, Jr.; Andrei A. Gromyko; Arkadii A. Sobolev; Valentin M. Berezhkov. Standing (left to right): James Clement Dunn and Leo Pasvolsky
 
Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. (center, standing) informs newspaper reporters about the outcome of the Conversations Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. (center, standing) informs newspaper reporters about the outcome of the Conversations
Seated at the tables are Andrei A. Gromyko and Sir Alexander Cadogan
 

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