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Socialite Spy
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TitleSocialite Spy
CreatorVincent Astor
DescriptionAstor provides an overview of some intelligence activities to FDR.
NotesThis item offers a glimpse into the bureaucratic obstacles which were endemic in America's intelligence services prior to World War II. At this time Astor did not have any official duties in intelligence, but was acting as a private operative for his friend President Roosevelt. "The club" refers to Astor's private espionage ring comprised of New York's elite socialites and businessmen.
Banking industry
Subject.lcshRoosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
Astor, Vincent, 1891-1959
Personal NameVincent Astor
Franklin D. Roosevelt
LocationNew York - New York
HRVH TopicsPresidents & Politicians
Resource TypeText
SourceFranklin D. Roosevelt, Papers as President: The President's Secretary's File. Box: 92. Folder: Astor, Vincent 1941-1944 and Undated.
Resource IdentifierPSF-VincentAstor_britishintel-theclub-banking.pdf
Publisher.DigitalFranklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Holding InstitutionFranklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Contact Information4079 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538
Rights Items selected from the Roosevelt Library collections for posting on the HRVH website are in the public domain. Please credit the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.
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