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[X-Post H-US-Japan] From: "Robert D. Eldridge" <email@example.com> Oral historians and specialists on American Diplomatic History, particularly in East Asia, South Asia related affairs, will be interested in knowing that the 80-page oral history John M(ilton). Steeves (1905-1998) gave to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library has recently been opened to researchers with Ambassador Steeves' passing on October 1 last year. Ambassador Steeves served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs from 1959 to 1962 (NOTE: The catalogue of collections, Historical Materials in the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, incorrectly has Steeves listed on p.93 as "Assistant Secretary of State," rather than Deputy Assistant Secretary.), Ambassador to Afghanistan from 1962 to 1966, and Director General of the Foreign Service from 1966 to 1969. My interest in Steeves began with his involvement with Japan policy when he was assigned as Political Counselor to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo from 1951 to 1953. Subsequently, after some time as Acting Ambassador in Djakarta, Steeves returned to Japan (Okinawa) as the U.S. Consul General and Political Advisor to the High Commissioner in the Ryukyu Islands from 1955 to 1956, and then POLAD to Admiral Felix Stump, CINCPAC. It was these latter two postings, particularly his time in Okinawa, that I asked him about when I conducted an interview with him in mid-June, a few months before his passing, as part of an oral history project on the U.S. Consul Generals to Okinawa. Ambassador Steeves, as many of you may know, conducted a 68-page interview in 1991 for the Association for Diplomatic Studies Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection in the Georgetown University Library. He also wrote and privately published at the same time a set of memoirs (which he calls "simply the recollection of highlights that trace my days over the eighty-five odd years I have lived") entitled Safir (Ambassador). Robert D. Eldridge, Ph.D. Fellow, Suntory Foundation Osaka, Japan