Scope and Content Note
Title: Leland Barrows papers
Date (inclusive): 1942-1987
Collection Number: 97039
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material:
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.
Barrows, Leland, 1906-1988
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives
The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1997.
[Identification of item], Leland Barrows papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
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
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
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