Guide to the Frederic N. Cleaveland papers, 1938-1983


Frederic N. Cleaveland (1915–2005) served as assistant dean of men at Duke University from 1937-1941 and as provost and professor of political science from 1971–1979. In the interim, he was a professor of political science and researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was educated at Duke (AB and MA in history) and Princeton (MA and PhD in politics).

His papers contain correspondence from colleagues in the academic community in relation to his career and professional/community involvement. It also contains photographs, employment files, various handwritten speeches and manuscripts. Materials ange in date from 1938-1983.

Descriptive Summary

University Archives, Duke University
Cleaveland, Frederic N., 1915-2005.
Frederic N. Cleaveland papers 1938-1983
Language of Material
0.5 Linear Feet, 500 Items
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Collection Overview

Collection includes personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, writings and speeches, and photographs pertaining to Cleaveland’s family, career, and interests. The majority of items in the collection are related to transitions in Cleaveland’s career.

Administrative Information

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

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Legal Papers (resume, employment applications, etc.)
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Historical Note

Frederick Neil Cleaveland was born October 30, 1915 in Phoenix, Arizona. Cleaveland received a B.A. and M.A. in history from Duke University in 1937 and 1942 respectively, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in politics from Princeton in 1950 and 1951.

He became an assistant professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served as chairman of the department from 1958 to 1970. He came to Duke as provost and professor of political science in 1971 and served as provost until 1978.

Cleaveland served as chairman and was on the board of trustees for the National Academy of Public Administration in the 1970s. Also in the mid-1970s he was a senior member of the Brookings Institution. His interest in public affairs continued into his retirement years, and in 1994 he helped to form "Plato's Loft," a bi-weekly discussion forum in Chapel Hill, NC modeled on Princeton seminars. Cleaveland passed away December 21, 2005 at the age of 90. Materials ange in date from 1938-1983.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frederic N. Cleaveland Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The Frederic N. Cleaveland papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Aaron Bluitt, August 2006

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, June 2007

Accession UA2006-0049 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.