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  • Title: Ernest W. Lefever papers
    Date (inclusive): 1933-2007
    Collection Number: 73090
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 182 manuscript boxes, 4 envelopes, 1 album box (75 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Writings, correspondence, interview summaries, notes, printed matter, and photographs, relating to pacifism in World War II, postwar African politics, United Nations intervention in the Congo, nuclear proliferation, American military and police-training aid to foreign countries, the role of religion in public policy, and activities of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
    Creator: Lefever, Ernest W.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    Boxes 44, 45 and 72 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 1973.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ernest W. Lefever papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Biographical Note

    1919 Nov. 12 Born, York, Pennsylvania
    1945-1948 Field Secretary, World Alliance of Young Mens' Christian Associations, United Kingdom and West Germany
    1952-1954 International affairs specialist, National Council of Churches
    1956-1957 Faculty, Department of Government, University of Maryland
    1957 Author, Ethics and U.S. Foreign Policy
    1957-1959 Research staff, Acting Head, Foreign Affairs Division, Library of Congress
    1959-1960 Foreign affairs staff, Senator Hubert H. Humphrey
    1960 Author, Profile of American Politics
    1960-1961 Research Associate, Washington Center for Foreign Policy Research, Johns Hopkins University
    1961-1964 Senior Staff, Institute of Defense Analyses, Washington
    1962 Editor, Arms and Arms Control
    1964-1976 Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings Institute
    1965 Author, Crisis in the Congo
    1967 Author, Uncertain Mandate: Politics of the U.N. Congo Operation
    1970 Author, Spear and Scepter: Army, Policy and Politics in Tropical Africa
    1972 Author, Ethics and World Politics
    1974 Author, TV and National Defense: An Analysis of CBS News
    1976- Founder and President, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C.
    1977 Author, Morality and Foreign Policy
    1979 Author, Amsterdam to Nairobi: The World Council of Churches and the Third World

    Author, Nuclear Arms in the Third World: U.S. Policy Dilemma

    Editor, Will Capitalism Survive?
    1980 Author, The CIA and the American Ethic
    1981 Designate, Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs
    1982 Author, The Apocalyptic Premise
    1983 Author, Scholars, Dollars and Public Policy

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Congo (Democratic Republic)
    Nuclear weapons
    Conscientious objectors -- United States
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Conscientious objectors
    United States -- Foreign relations -- 20th century
    Africa -- Politics and government -- 1960-
    Military assistance, American
    Police training
    Religion and international relations
    Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Politics and government -- 1960-1997
    United States -- Religion
    United Nations
    Ethics and Public Policy Center (Washington, D.C.) (Location of meeting: Washington, D.C.)