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Eric W. Pollard Papers, 1953, 1965-1979

(Manuscript Collection #565)

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Eric W. Pollard Papers
Creator: Pollard, Eric W.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1953, 1965-1979) including correspondence, letters, memos, reports, political and economic information.
Extent: 0.055 Cubic feet, 12 items , consisting of letters, memos, and reports.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

December 10, 1988, 12 items, copies; Papers (1953, 1965-1979) of member of USNA Class of 1941, including correspondence and a report on U.S. security interests in Iran. Gift of Capt. Eric W. Pollard, USN (Ret), Phoenix, Arizona.

December 16, 1992 (unprocessed addition 1), 5 items; Copies of letters (1978-79) from Admiral Arleigh Burke. Donor: Capt. Eric W. Pollard USN (Ret).

December 30, 1992 (unprocessed addition 2), 2 items; Letter and clipping concerning U.S. policy in Iran. Donor: Capt. Eric W. Pollard, USN (Ret).

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Eric W. Pollard Papers (#565), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Eric W. Pollard USN (Ret)

Processing Information

  • Processed by C. Crews, March 1991

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Eric Wilson Pollard was born May 18, 1917. Appointed from California, he was a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1941. He served as a Naval aviator and, prior to 1953, as the first Naval attaché to Iran. His fluency in both French and Persian and his ability to work with the Iranians were of great import. After serving in various capacities, including special assistant for Counterinsurgency and Special Activities within Iran, Pollard retired in 1965 and engaged in commerce there with Wilton International Consultants, Inc.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

This collection includes several letters and memos from government officials such as Ambassador Loy Henderson (1953), Vice President Hubert Humphrey (1966), Admiral Arleigh Burke, USN (Ret) (1979), and Harold Brown, director of Defense Research and Engineering and secretary of defense (1965, 1979). Most of the correspondence commends Capt. Pollard for his service in Iran. Correspondence (1979), which was written after the fall of the shah's government and the establishment of the Khomeni regime, includes the outline of a salvage operation developed by Pollard. In his letter, Pollard expresses anger at the execution of General Manucher Khosrodad, a pro-U.S. Iranian general.

The centerpiece of the collection is a report entitled "Security Reappraisals for the Forward Defense Countries (in this case Iran and Pakistan) for U.S. Policy Purposes for the 1970s." The eighteen pages of text and eighteen pages of tables and notes are the culmination of a nine-month study by Captain Pollard (1965). It documents Pollard's perception of the instability of the shah's government in Iran and the numerous forces that might work together or separately to cause its collapse. It also includes information onthe political, economic, and socio-cultural background, and the military status of Iran in 1965.

Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Geographic Entries :

  • Iran

Autograph Entries :

  • Brown, Harold (2) [1965], 1979
  • Burke, Arleigh [Albert] 1979
  • Henderson, Loy 1953
  • Humphrey, Hubert H[oratio] 1966

Subject Entries :

  • INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS--Iran--1965
  • IRAN--Civil Unrest--1979
  • IRAN--Military--1965
  • IRAN--Social Life and Customs
  • KHOSRODAD, MANUCHER
  • U.S.--MILITARY--International Affairs
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Division, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
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