- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
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- Lilienthal, David Eli, 1899-1981
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- David E. Lilienthal Papers
- Public Policy Papers
- Permanent URL:
- 1900-1981 (mostly 1950-1981)
- 632 boxes and 4 items
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-632
David Lilienthal served on the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (1923-1932), as a member of the board of directors (1933-1941) and then chairman (1941-1946) of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), as first chairman (1946-1950) of the Atomic Energy Commission, and, later, in private business as an industrial consultant and chairman (1955) of the Development and Resources Corporation, which was involved with the Khuzestan Program in Iran. This collection consists of the papers of Lilienthal spanning his entire career, including correspondence, reports, articles, speeches, and printed matter.
Collection Description & Creator Information
This collection consists of the papers of Lilienthal spanning his entire career. Included are correspondence, reports, articles, speeches, and printed matter relating to his positions with the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (1923-1932), as a member of the board of directors (1933-1941) and then chairman (1941-1946) of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), as first chairman (1946-1950) of the Atomic Energy Commission, and, later, in private business as an industrial consultant and chairman (1955) of the Development and Resources Corporation, which was involved with the Khuzestan Program in Iran. Also present are manuscripts for six works, including TVA, Democracy on the March (1944), Big Business, A New Era (1953), Atomic Energy, A New Start (1980), and the published Journals of David E. Lilienthal, Vols. I-VII, 1939-1981 (1964-1983), as well as his personal, unpublished, manuscript journals (1915-1981).
Other personal papers include documents, early correspondence (1917-1923) with his future wife, Helen Lamb, and other family members, appointment books, scrapbooks, film and tape recordings, photographs, and memorabilia.
The materials in this collection may have been put in this order by Lilienthal or his administrative staff before transfer to Princeton, and further arrangement may have been done by an archivist at Princeton but no information is available regarding the extent to which an archivist was involved in the current arrangement. In 2019 a number of materials after series 22 were rehoused and merged with corresponding series into series 8, 10-13, and 25. Other series that are are broken up in in two, including speeches and correspondence, are left intact.
- Collection Creator Biography:
1931 Wisconsin Railroad Commission 1931-1932 Wisconsin Public Service Commission, Member Commissioner 1933-1946 Tennessee Valley Authority Member, Board of Directors, 1933-1940 Director and Chairman, 1941-1946 1946 United States Department of State, Board of Consultants on the International Control of Atomic Energy, Chairman 1946-1950 U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Chairman Publications by Lilienthal: TVA, Democray on the March (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1944), This I Do Believe (New York: Harper, 1949), Big Business, A New Era (New York: Harper, 1953), Change, Hope, and the Bomb (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1963), The Journals of David E. Lilienthal, vols. I-VII. (New York: Harper, 1964-1983), and Atomic Energy, A New Start (New York: Harper & Row, 1980)
The original collection was a gift from David E. Lilienthal in 1965. Several additions to the collection were received over the next two decades, the last one for which documentation exists was in July 1987. Amendments to the original 1965 Deed of Gift allow access to previously restricted materials.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No information about appraisal is available for this collection
- Processing Information:
There is no processing information available for this collection. Existing content lists provided a preliminary inventory, and and machine-readable finding aid was created in January 2007 by Cristela Garcia Spitz.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, any copyright vested in the donor has passed to Princeton University and researchers are free to move forward with use of materials without anything further from Mudd Library. For materials not created by the donor, where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. In these instances, researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.
- Special Requirements for Access:
Access to audiovisual material in this collection follows the Mudd Manuscript Library policy for preservation and access to audiovisual materials.
- Credit this material:
David E. Lilienthal Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA(609) 258-6345
- Subject Terms:
- Big business -- United States -- 20th century.
Chemical industries -- United States -- 20th century.
Dams -- Iran -- 20th century.
Dams -- Tennessee -- 20th century.
Economic development projects -- Iran -- Khuzestan -- 20th century.
Economic development projects -- Tennessee -- 20th century.
Flood control -- Tennessee -- 20th century.
Flood dams and reservoirs -- Tennessee -- 20th century.
Industries -- Power supply -- 20th century.
Industries -- Power supply -- United States -- 20th century.
Lawyers -- United States -- 20th century.
Mineral industries -- United States -- 20th century.
Natural resources -- Developing countries -- 20th century.
Power resources -- Tennessee -- 20th century.
Public officers -- United States -- 20th century.
Public utilities -- Wisconsin.
Railroads and state -- United States -- 20th century.
Regional planning -- Tennessee -- 20th century.
Rural development -- Tennessee -- 20th century.
Rural electrification -- Tennessee -- 20th century.
Water resources development -- Tennessee -- 20th century.
- Genre Terms:
- Audio tapes.
- Development and Resources Corporation
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.
Tennessee Valley authority
Railroad Commission of Wisconsin
Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
- Khuzestan (Iran) -- Economic conditions -- 20th century.
Tennessee -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.