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  • Title: Henry S. Rowen papers
    Date (inclusive): 1955-2015
    Collection Number: 2010C6
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 93 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize boxes (49.5 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, speeches and writings, notes, reports, memoranda, meeting materials, studies, printed matter, photographs, and videorecordings relating to American economic and foreign policy, defenses and military policy, arms control, oil and nuclear energy sources, peaceful nuclear excavation, and the Persian Gulf War.
    Creator: Rowen, Henry S.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    Boxes 88-89 and 96 may not be used without permission of the Archivist. The remainder of the collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2010, with a large increment received in 2016.

    Preferred Citation note

    [Identification of item], Henry S. Rowen papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Biographical Note

    Henry S. Rowen was a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a professor of public policy and management emeritus at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, and a senior fellow emeritus at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.
    Rowen was born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 11, 1925, and completed a bachelors degree in industrial management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then completed a masters degree in economics at Oxford University in 1955. Rowen was Assistant Director of the U. S. Bureau of the Budget from 1965 to 1966, then president of the RAND Corporation from 1967 to 1972. He was chairman of the National Intelligence Council from 1981 to 1983.
    Rowen was Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the U. S. Department of Defense from 1989 to 1991, and from 2001 to 2004 he served on the Secretary of Defense Policy Advisory Board. In 2004 and 2005, he served on the Presidential Commission on the Intelligence of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. Rowen was an expert on international security, public policy, economic development, and high-tech industries in the United States and Asia. Rowen passed away in California on November 12, 2015.

    Scope and Contents note

    The initial acquisition (Boxes 1-4) consists of correspondence, writings, notes, and reports created by Henry S. Rowen, with additional reports, studies, and printed matter relating to peaceful uses of nuclear energy and particularly to nuclear excavation. Most of the materials were created between 1970 and 1975, some of which were created directly for the International Atomic Energy Agency conference of 1975.
    Incremental material received in 2016 (Boxes 5-89) is comprised of reports, studies, clippings, and printed matter related to Rowen's work with the Department of Defense and Soviet Union relations, as well as his work at Stanford University, the Hoover Institution, and the Asia-Pacific Research Center focused on public policy and economics. Also includes biographical material, correspondence, photographs, videorecordings, and memorabilia.
    Incremental material received in 2018 (Boxes 94-96) includes white papers co-written with Beverley Rowen and memorabilia.

    2016 Incremental Materials Arrangement Statement

    Materials are arranged chronologically, as per Rowen's original order. Due to overlap between Rowen's work in academic and government settings, materials have been separated into career files to facilitate access. Materials related to government agencies, international politics, defense, and nuclear technology have been included in the Department of Defense series. Materials related to Stanford University, the Hoover Institution, the Asia-Pacific Research Center, public policy, and economics have been included in the Stanford series.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United States -- Economic policy
    Nuclear energy
    Nuclear excavation
    United States -- Foreign relations
    Petroleum industry and trade
    Nuclear weapons
    United States -- Military policy
    United States -- Defenses
    Energy policy -- United States
    Persian Gulf War, 1991