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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content Note

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Leland Barrows Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1942-1987
    Collection number: 97039
    Creator: Barrows, Leland, 1906-
    Collection Size: 26 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder (11.3 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    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.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Leland Barrows Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Access Points

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

    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 the second world war he worked in the Department of Agriculture, and during the war was Assistant Director of the War Relocation Authority.
    He 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 1960-1961, he served as Ambassador to Cameroon and Togo.
    Upon retiring from the State Department in 1966, he 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.
    He died in Washington, D.C., on March 3, 1988.

    Scope and Content Note

    The Leland J. Barrows papers were donated to the Hoover Institution Archives in 1997. They 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 Leland Barrows or collected by him for his projects or assignments in a professional capacity (whether as an ambassador, or as a senior staff member of an organization, or as 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 Leland Barrows for general interest or generated by others, were placed in the SUBJECT FILE.
    These records bear testimony to Leland 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.