Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Diamant, Alfred mss., 1917-2012, consists of the personal correspondence, emails, school records, military papers, birth and marriage certificates, and family trees of Alfred Diamant. It also includes various drafts and pre-publication copies of his and his wife's co-authored memoir Worlds Apart, Worlds United: A European-American Story.

Alfred Diamant (1917-2012) was a professor at Indiana University from 1967-1988, serving as Chair of Political Science and West European Studies. He was born in Vienna, Austria on September 25 to a Slovakian Jewish merchant family and witnessed the rise of Nazism growing up. Unable to pursue a degree in history and teach due to Nazi legislation, Diamant initially entered the family textile business. After Kristallnacht in 1938 however, he sought ways to immigrate to the United States and finally succeeded in 1940. Diamant joined the military immediately after Pearl Harbor, fought and was wounded during the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6th, 1944. During the war, he also gained his citizenship and married his wife, Ann.

After World War II, Diamant received his A.B. from Indiana University in 1947 and his PhD from Yale in 1957. He went on to teach and conduct research at the University of Florida (1950-1960), Haverford College (1960-1967), returning to Indiana University until his retirement (1967-1988). He also founded the Faculty Research Seminars in Comparative Administration and Development as well as participating in an eight year study on administration development with the Ford Foundation. Diamant devoted his professional academic career to studying political theory and comparative public administration, striving to answer the fundamental question of how social relationships affect the decisions and actions of political and social organizations and institutions.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Biographical; II. Correspondence; III. Writings. Although he is best known for his academic contributions, Diamant mss. reflects Diamant's personal life more than his academic career. In particular, his early life in Vienna, military experience, and familial relationships and marriage are represented.

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Acquired: 2014

Collection size: 503 items

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