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At a Glance
The collection is housed in record cartons, some of which are damaged, and consists mainly of loose paper (some in labeled non-archival folders) and many bound items. The housing is poor, as many contents are slumping in boxes or stacked vertically, and there is little to no organization within boxes; where the organization was listed as "Thematic" the boxes generally held contents limited to one theme, but were not necessarily well-organized.
Original unit #28: photographs by Henri Cartier Bresson; signed photograph by Jacob Javits; page 3 of a signed letter to Slater by Nicolas Nabokov.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Restrictions on Access
Material is unprocessed. Reviewed October 2018. The materials can be made available as is in RBML reading room, with the exception of box 16 and two folders in box 28, which are currently closed. Since this collection has no published description, using these materials requires special preparation and instructions to the reading room staff. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
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.
Box 16 is closed pending further processing, due to potentially sensitive oral histories. Two folders in box 28 are also closed as they were marked personal and confidential by creator - these have been flagged.
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); Elliott Slater Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Collection-level record describing unprocessed material made public in summer 2018 as part of the Hidden Collections initiative.
Material is unprocessed. Assessed in September 2018. A basic container list was created; duplicate box numbers were given temporary letter designations (ie 1A, 1B). Collection can be made available without further intervention, with the exception of box 16 and two closed folders in 28.
Assessment performed September 2018 by Carrie Smith as part of Hidden Collections.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Joseph Elliot Slater was born in 1922 in Salt Lake City. He graduated from Berkeley and would later work as a professor of economics there. During World War II, Slater enlisted in the Navy and served as an ensign in Boston. After the war, Slater played crucial roles in the reconstruction of Germany, serving as a member of the Four Power Allied Control Council; a member of the policy planning staff at the State Department that helped form the United Nations; Secretary General of the Allied High Commission in Germany; and executive secretary in the office of the United States representatives to NATO and the Organization for European Economic Cooperation.
In the 1950s, Slater held various positions as an economist, including Head of the General Economics Section of the Creole Petroleum Corporation and chief economist for Standard Oil Company. He also worked in the international affairs program of the Ford Foundation, and was named deputy assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs under John F. Kennedy. Slater was appointed as the president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and was president and chief executive of the Aspen Institute, an international think tank for leaders and scholars to address major international issues.
Slater passed away in 2002.