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Policy Sciences Center records

Call Number: MS 1882

Scope and Contents

The Policy Sciences Center Records consist of organizational papers, correspondence, financial records, grant materials, and publications which document the founding of the Policy Sciences Center in 1948 and its activities over the next thirty years. The records are incomplete and primarily highlight the work of the association in the mid-1970s.

The Policy Sciences Center Records were processed as part of a collaborative effort between Manuscripts and Archives and the Yale Law School to document the careers and accomplishments of law school faculty and alumni.


  • 1948-1987
  • Majority of material found within 1968 - 1974


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the Policy Sciences Center has been transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Policy Sciences Center, 2006.


Arranged in two series: I. Organization, 1948-1987. II. Grants, 1968-1978.

Associated Materials

Harold Lasswell Papers (MS 1043). Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library.


1.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The records include organizational papers, correspondence, financial records, and topical files which document the founding of the Policy Sciences Center in 1948 and its activities over the next thirty years, primarily between 1968 and 1974.

Biographical / Historical

The Policy Sciences Center is a non-profit foundation incorporated in 1948 by Yale Law School faculty members Harold Lasswell, Myres McDougal, and George Dession. The broad mission of the Center was to improve the decision-making process by educating policy makers at all levels. It hosted topical seminars, provided a forum for discussion of topics ranging from juvenile justice to access to capital by minority groups, assisted interested parties in obtaining funds and expertise to perform research, and prepared and reviewed grant applications and reports.

Guide to the Policy Sciences Center Records
Under Revision
compiled by Barbara Heck
January 2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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