Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Laves mss., 1924-1980, consist of the papers of Indiana University professor Walter Herman Carl Laves, 1902-1983. A native of Chicago, he received his degrees from the University of Chicago and held positions first at Hamilton College and then at the University of Chicago before coming to Indiana University. He served as chairman of the Department of Political Science from 1954 to 1966, was honored as the first holder of the Wendell L. Willkie Professorship in Political Science, and retired from the University in 1972.

In the interval between his positions at Chicago and Indiana, during World War II and later, Laves had a career in public service. He served successively in the Office of Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs, the Office of Civilian Defense, and from 1943 to 1947, in the Bureau of the Budget as consultant in international affairs. He was present at the founding conferences of the United Nations and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and served in advisory capacity to the American delegation at the initial session of the United Nations in London. From 1947 to 1950 Laves was the Deputy Director General of UNESCO in Paris. Subsequently, he was twice a member of the United States delegation to the UNESCO general conference and chairman of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.

He was the co-author with Charles Alexander Thomson of UNESCO: Purpose, Progress and Prospects which in 1958 won an Indiana Author's Day citation. He also authored Cultural Relations and U.S. Foreign Policy, published in 1963, in addition to many articles for journals.

Correspondents include: Barclay Acheson, Roger Nash Baldwin, Birch Evans Bayh, Edward L. Bernays, Theodore Deodatus Nathaniel Besterman, Chester Bowles, John Brademas, Arnold Brecht, Hugh Mackintosh Foot, baron Caradon, Carl Lamson Carmer, Gordon Rufus Clapp, Sherwin Cody, Henry Shoemaker Conrad, Norman Cousins, Ivah (Everett) Deering, Paul Howard Douglas, Dwight David Eisenhower, Wilma (Cannon) Fairbank, Arthur Goodfriend, J. Grierson, Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjold, Rupert Vance Hartke, Chalres Evans Hughes, Cordell Hull, Morton Denison Hull, Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Sir Julian Sorell Huxley, Grayson Louis Kirk, Harold Joseph Laski, Walter Herman Carl Laves, Mabel (Barbee) Lee, Henry Cabot Lodge, Douglas MacArthur II, Anne (O'Hare) McCormick, Archibald MacLeish, René Maheu, Robert Henry Menke, Martha Mooney, John Thomas Myers, David Anton Randall, John Primatt Redcliffe Redcliffe-Maud, baron Redcliffe-Maud, William Alexander Robson, Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, Eleanor (Roosevelt) Roosevelt, William Doyle Ruckleshaus, John William Ryan, William Aloysius Solzbacher, John Philip Sousa III, Princess Souvanna Phouma, Elvis Jacob Stahr, Adlai Ewing Stevenson, Edward Reilly Stettinius, Cardinal Domenico Tardini, Jean Henry Tauzin, Boris A. Tchechko, Malvina Cynthia Thompson, Clifton Maxwell Utley, George Voskovec, Kurt Waldheim, Lucy Carlile Watson, Herman B Wells, John Wingate Weeks, and Isabel Wilder.

The Subjects series contain materials related to his many activities and interests, such as community development, the Office of Civil Defense, his many trips abroad, and various meetings and conferences.

Printed materials include tear sheets and reprints of his publications in various journals, clippings related to Laves' activities. Also present are publications by his father, Kurt Laves, 1866-1944, professor of astronomy at the University of Chicago.

Memorabilia consists mostly of award certificates and citations. There are also insignia and medals awarded to Laves from the government of Thailand. Completing this section is a Thai temple rubbing depicting a scene from the Ramakien legend.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Biographical; II. Correspondence; III. Diaries; IV. Financial; V. Indiana University; VI. Photographs; VII. Subjects; VIII. Writings; IX. Printed; X. Memorabilia. An inventory of the collection is available.

Gift. 1982

Collection size: 9,401 items

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