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Lloyd M. Short papers

Identifier: uarc 67

Scope and Content

The Lloyd Short papers consists of personal and professional material from the beginning of his work in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota in 1935 until his retirement in 1965. A bulk of the material includes associations, administrations and committees that Short was involved in, from 1924 to 1965, and includes material on his inclusion in the American Political Science Association and the Minneapolis Citizens’ League. Other documents include Short’s involvement in the Seoul National University (1955-1961) and the research produced during his directing of the Public Administration Center, now known as the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. The remaining material within this collection miscellaneous material organized alphabetically by subject and contains Short’s work in Political Science and the University.


  • Creation: 1915-1970


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch of Lloyd M. Short (1897-1981)

Lloyd Milton Short was born on 3 February 1897 in Knoxville, Illinois. He earned his B.A. from Knox College (Galesburg, Illinois) in 1919. He earned his M.A. in 1920 and Ph.D. in 1922 from the University of Illinois. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Short worked as an associate professor of political science at the University of Akron (Ohio) for one year (1922-1923) before moving to the University of Missouri. He spent the next 12 years at the University of Missouri (1923-1935) as professor of political science and public law, department chair and assistant dean.

In 1935, Dr. Short joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota as professor of political science. He became the first director of the Public Administration Center (now known as the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs) in 1945. He became the chair of the political science department in 1952. Dr. Short retired from the University of Minnesota in 1965 as professor emeritus. Lloyd Short died on 19 December 1981.


25 boxes (32.09 cubic feet)


This collection contains the papers of Lloyd M. Short, professor emeritus of the Department of Political Science and the first Director of the Public Administration Center (now the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs) at the University of Minnesota.


This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Personal and Professional Material: Includes professional and personal correspondence from 1938 to 1957. It is organized by date. It also includes speeches, articles and addresses created and given by Short (1937-1957).

Series 2. Associations, Administrations and Committees: Includes material from the various organizations and committees Short was involved in during his profession (1924-1965). Subseries 2.1 American Political Science Association (1924-1965) Subseries 2.2 American Society for Public Administration (1939-1965) Subseries 2.3 Institute of Public Administration (1953-1955) Subseries 2.4 Inter-University Case Programs (1951-1964) Subseries 2.5 Joint Land-Grant College Association - Department of Agriculture Committee on Training for Government Service (1915-1965) Subseries 2.6 League of Minnesota Municipalities (1937-1965) Subseries 2.7 Midwest Conference of Political Scientists (1939-1964) Subseries 2.8 Minneapolis Citizen’s League (1948-1965) Subseries 2.9 Minneapolis Planning Commission (1956-1960) Subseries 2.10 Minneapolis Constitutional Commission (1915-1960) Subseries 2.11 Minnesota Efficiency in Government Commission (1949-1955) Subseries 2.12 Social Science Research Council (1932-1948) Subseries 2.13 University-Goverment Center on Social Security Administration (1949-1954) Subseries 2.14 University of Pennsylvania, Institute of Local and State Government (1937-1958) Subseries 2.15 University of Minnesota Committees and Chapters Subseries 2.16 Upper Midwest Economic Study (1959-1964)

Series 3. Seoul National University: Includes material that Short created during his involvement with the Seoul National University between 1957 and 1967. The material is organized in alphabetical order (1937-1970). Subseries 3.1 General Documents (1937-1970) Subseries 3.2 Correspondence (1955-1961) Subseries 3.3 Reports (1955-1961)

Series 4. Public Administration Center: Includes research, administrative and organizational material produced within the Public Administration Center (1928-1967) Subseries 4.1 Intergovernmental Relations (1937-1950) Subseries 4.2 Administrative Histories and Research Projects (1928-1964) Subseries 4.3 Minnesota Citizenship Clearing House (1935-1964) Subseries4.4 Reports and Administrative Material (1931-1967)

Series 5. Subject Files: Includes miscellaneous material that Short created or received from X to X. The material is organized in alphabetical order (1936-1965)

Source of acquisition

The collection was deposited in University Archives in 1965, 1972 and 1989.

Related Materials in University of Minnesota Archives

Guy Stanton Ford papers

Department of Political Science records

"Bureaucracy," discussion, Special Bulletin no. 70, 1944-03-17. Radio program accessible at UMedia:

"What of Free Enterprise After the War?," discussion, Special Bulletin no. 43, 1943-06-09. Radio program accessible at UMedia:

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Lloyd M. Short Papers, 1915-1970
Karen Spilman; Katelyn Morken
March 2005; January 2020
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