This collection comprises papers related to the career of Donald C. Blaisdell, author, political scientist,
and Departments of State and Agriculture bureaucrat. Subjects include international relations, education,
world peace, environmental issues, and Turkey–specifically the financial history of the Ottoman Empire.
Much of Blaisdell’s work examines the various relationships between politics and economics, as well as
international organization. This collection consists of correspondence, notes, drafts, manuscripts,
and printed books and articles from Blaisdell’s time as a professor of political science as well as his
work for the United States Government and the United Nations.
Donald C. Blaisdell (1899-1988) was born in New York. After earning a B.S. degree in industrial engineering from Pennsylvania
State College in 1920, he worked for the United States Rubber Company for two years, and then took a position as an engineering
instructor at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey. It was while in Turkey that he met his future wife, Dorothea, who was an
instructor at the America College for Girls. After three years, he returned to the U.S. and earned an MA degree in 1926 and
a Ph. D. in 1929 from Columbia University, where he taught from 1928 to 1930.
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