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Finding Aid to the Leslie Lipson Papers, 1941-2000, bulk 1970-1997
BANC MSS 2002/205 c  
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Leslie Lipson papers
    Date (inclusive): 1941-2000
    Date (bulk): 1970-1997
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 2002/205 c
    Creators : Lipson, Leslie, 1912-2000
    Extent: Number of containers: 7 cartons. Linear feet: 8.75
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The Leslie Lipson Papers consist of speeches, writings, lecture notes, subject files and other materials, primarily documenting his career at University of California, Berkeley.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has been assigned to The Bancroft Library. Materials in this collection are protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Leslie Lipson Papers, BANC MSS 2002/205 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Lipson, Leslie, 1912-2000--Archives
    University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of Political Science
    Faculty papers.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Leslie Lipson Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by David R. Lipson on December 13, 2001.


    No additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Preethi Balakrishnan. Completed in July 2003.

    Biographical Information

    Leslie Michael Lipson was born in London, England on November 14, 1912. He attended St. Paul's School in London and went on to Balliol College, Oxford University, on a classical scholarship. He graduated with First Class Honors in Classical Moderations and Litterae Humaniores ("Greats"). He was granted a Commonwealth Fund Fellowship to study political science at the University of Chicago where he earned his doctorate. His Ph.D. dissertation was published as, The American Governor: From Figurehead to Leader, by the University of Chicago Press in 1939.
    He taught at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand from 1939 to 1946. He returned to the United States, teaching at Swarthmore College from 1947-1949. In 1950, he moved to the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught political science for more than 30 years. He was also a visiting professor at Columbia, Stanford and Oxford Universities, and the Universities of Hawaii, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Copenhagen.
    Lipson was a member of the American and International Political Science Associations and many other organizations. In addition to his academic pursuits, he wrote papers for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He became nationally known for his 13 years of participation in the PBS television program "World Press," on which he reported on the press of Great Britain. After his retirement from Berkeley, he taught and was the academic advisor for the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning at the University of San Francisco.
    He wrote several books, including The Great Issues of Politics (1954) and The Democratic Civilization (1964). Both books have been reprinted in numerous editions and translated into many languages. His final scholarly book was The Ethical Crises of Civilizatioin: Moral Meltdown or Advance? His last book was Not Yet the Yeti: Rhymes for the Times. He also wrote articles that were published in the Encyclopedia Britannica, the Dictionary of Social Sciences, the American Political Science Review, The Political Quarterly and The Journal of Politics, among others.
    Lipson received the Berkeley Citation in recognition of his excellence in teaching and scholarship. The Lipson Prize is awarded to Berkeley undergraduates, who undertake summer research projects directed towards humanistic values and their implementation.
    His first wife, Elizabeth Monroe Drews, was a professor of at Portland State University. After her death, he married Helen Fruchtman. He had one son, David R. Lipson. Leslie Lipson died on August 11, 2000.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Leslie Lipson Papers consist of speeches, writings, lecture notes, subject files and other materials, primarily documenting his career at University of California, Berkeley. The collection has been divided into six series: Lectures; Writings; Course Materials; Organizations; Subject Files; and Personalia.