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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in 3 series.
The collection contains the papers of Kenneth Waltz, relating to his teaching and scholarship in the fields of Political Science and International Relations and to his work at Columbia's Institute of War and Peace Studies. The majority of the collection consists of printed articles and handwritten notes covering subjects about which Waltz taught or published. It also contains Waltz's published articles as well as some drafts of his books and related materials. There is a small amount of professional correspondence and personal material, including photographs and his stamp collection.
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Restrictions on Access
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
Student letters of recommendation are restricted for 75 years from date of creation.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Kenneth Waltz Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
William T. R. and Annette Fox Papers: William T. R. and Annette Fox were other leading scholars of International Relations at Columbia University. Waltz was a student of William T. R. Fox and later worked alongside Annette Fox at the Institute of War and Peace Studies.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers processed by Rachel Klepper. Finding aid written by Rachel Klepper, July 2018.
When the collection was acquired from the Institute of War and Peace Studies, the boxes were not numbered and there was not a clear order to them. Therefore they were reordered during processing. The physical arrangement of documents within boxes and folder titles were not changed. Moving boxes were replaced with record cartons and new folders were supplied when original folders were damaged or did not exist.
Duplicates of Waltz's publications and unfiled articles by other scholars were removed from the collection. In addition, two boxes of objects from Waltz's desk and shelf that were acquired along with his papers were removed.
2018-08-09 File created.
2018-07-25 Updated front matter after collection processing -- CLB
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Kenneth Waltz (1924-2013) was a Columbia University Professor and influential scholar of Political Science and International Relations. He received a B.A. from Oberlin College in Economics and a PhD in Political Science from Columbia. In the middle of his studies he served in the Army during both World War II and the Korean War. He then taught at Columbia until 1957, after which he held positions at Swarthmore College, Brandeis University and the University of California, Berkeley. In 1997 he returned to Columbia as an adjunct professor of Political Science and a Senior Research Scholar at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies.
Waltz was influential in helping to shape the field of International Relations. He is best known for his theory of neorealism, also called structural realism, which explains how states behave and interact with each other within the international system. Waltz's two most successful books included Man, the State, and War: a Theoretical Analysis (1959) and Theory of International Politics (1979). From 1987-1988 he was the President of the American Political Science Association and in 1999 won the association's James Madison award. His work later in life focused on nuclear weapons and he held a controversial position that nuclear proliferation would prevent nuclear war. Waltz continued to teach and write on the subject until his death in 2013.