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Harlan Cleveland papers

Identifier: uarc 113

Scope and Content

The collection contains the papers of Harlan Cleveland during his tenure as dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. The papers include subject files, publications, people files, correspondence and chronological files.


  • Creation: 1980-1989


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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 Harlan Cleveland (b. 1918)

Harlan Cleveland was born in New York City in 1918. He graduated from Princeton University in 1938 and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. In 1944, he was appointed to manage the Allied Control Commission economic programs in Italy. In 1947, Mr. Cleveland transferred to Shanghai, China to become director of the UNRRA China program. He was appointed as director of the U.S. China Aid program in 1948.

In 1953, Mr. Cleveland became executive editor, and later publisher, of The Reporter. In 1956, he became dean of Syracuse University's Maxwell Graduate School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Mr. Cleveland was appointed as assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs by President Kennedy (1961-1965) and President Johnson appointed him as NATO ambassador (1965-1969). He became the president of the University of Hawaii in 1969 and served in this position until 1974, when he accepted an appointment as director of the Aspen Institute Program in International Affairs.

In 1980, Mr. Cleveland was appointed as dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Under his tenure as dean, the Institute became an autonomous unit, being moved from under the umbrella of the College of Liberal Arts; he oversaw the construction of the new home of the Institute, the Humphrey Building, on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota campus and shaped the school into one of international prominence. He resigned his post as dean in 1986.


26 boxes (26 cubic feet)


Collection contains the papers of Harlan Cleveland, dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Source of acquisition

The collection was donated to University Archives in March 1986 and March 1994.

Related Materials

Harlan Cleveland papers, John F. Kennedy Library and Museum

Harlan Cleveland papers, Syracuse University, George Arents Research Library for Special Collections, E. S. Bird Library

Processing Information

Collection has not been processed.

Harlan Cleveland Papers, 1980-1989
Karen Spilman
March 2005
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