Scope and Content Note
Title: Leland Barrows Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1942-1987
Collection number: 97039
Barrows, Leland, 1906-
26 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder
(11.3 linear feet)
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
Collection open for research.
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
[Identification of item], Leland Barrows Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.
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
Diplomats --United States
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.