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  • Title: Leland Barrows papers
    Date (inclusive): 1942-1987
    Collection Number: 97039
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 26 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder (11.5 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Speeches and writings, correspondence, studies, reports, memoranda, and printed matter relating to American foreign relations with South Vietnam and with Africa, especially Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa; and to American government policy, especially as reflected in activities of the Agency for International Development, regarding foreign aid and development assistance, and promotion of foreign trade.
    Creator: Barrows, Leland, 1906-1988
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    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 1997.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Leland Barrows papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Biographical Note

    Leland J. Barrows was born in Lawrence, Kansas; he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in political science from the University of Kansas. Before World War II he worked in the Department of Agriculture, and during the war he was the Assistant Director of the War Relocation Authority.
    Barrows joined the State Department in 1947 as Deputy Director of the Office of Informational and Educational Exchange and served in Paris, Rome, Athens, and Saigon as Chief of the International Cooperation Administration's mission. He also served as Regional Director for the Near East and South Asia. During the years 1960 to 1961 he served as Ambassador to Cameroon and Togo.
    Upon retiring from the State Department in 1966, Barrows joined the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. He also served as a senior staff member at the Research Analysis Corporation, as the assistant to the president of the Washington Technical Institute, and as a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies at Georgetown University.
    Barrows died in Washington, D.C. on March 3, 1988.

    Scope and Content Note

    The Leland J. Barrows papers relate mainly to American foreign relations with South Vietnam and with Africa, especially Cameroon, Nigeria, and South Africa; and to American government policy, as reflected in the activities of the Agency for International Development, regarding foreign aid and promotion of foreign trade.
    Papers that were either created by Barrows or collected by him for his projects or assignments in a professional capacity (whether as an ambassador, a senior staff member of an organization, or a member of the faculty of a university) were incorporated in the CAREER FILE. Within that large series, materials that were clearly associated with a particular position can be found under the name of the appropriate government agency, organization, or university. Those that were not are filed by the subject they cover. All other materials, either collected by Barrows for general interest or generated by others, were placed in the SUBJECT FILE.
    These records bear testimony to Barrows' knowledge and expertise in the areas of U.S. foreign relations and foreign trade. Of particular interest are his reports on the Vietnam commercial import program and on race relations in South Africa.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United States -- Foreign relations -- Vietnam
    Vietnam -- Foreign relations -- United States
    Diplomats -- United States
    Economic assistance, American
    United States -- Commerce
    United States -- Foreign relations -- Cameroon
    Cameroon -- Foreign relations -- United States
    United States -- Foreign relations -- Africa
    Africa -- Foreign relations -- United States
    United States. Department of State
    United States. Agency for International Development