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The Albert Lepawsky Papers

The Albert Lepawsky papers consist of materials generated and collected by Professor Lepawsky in his sixty year career as an administrator, consultant, and researcher. The general focus of the collection is the "New Deal" social-economic policies of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration, as well as the fate of those policies in the post World War II period.

The papers include:

  • manuscript material
  • memoranda
  • correspondence
  • speeches
  • conference papers
  • and extensive notes

The collection focuses on the activities of the National Resources Planning Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Chicago Plan Commission, and related agencies and includes copies of source material from Presidential Libraries, the National Archives, and New Deal period government publications.

Albert Lepawsky

Albert Lepawsky was born in Chicago in 1908. He attended public schools and received his Bachelor's (1927) and Ph.D. (1931) degrees from the University of Chicago. He served on the faculty of the Political Science Department at the University of Chicago from 1931-1942, and worked in various public service organizations during that time, including positions with the City of Chicago Law Department (1935-36), the Chicago Plan Commission (1939-45), and the Metropolitan Civil Defense Commission (1940-41). He also served as consultant to the National Resources Planning Board (1933-44). During World War II Lepawsky was a lieutenant colonel in the the Air Force. After the war he served on the faculties of the Universities of Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky while consulting for the United Nations. In 1953 he joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley in the Department of Political Science and taught there until his retirement in 1976. He was professor emeritus until his death in June of 1992.