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Alan K. Campbell Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: PRB
Date: Apr 1995

Biographical History

American educator, university administrator, and Carter Administration official; b.1923. Campbell served as chairman of the U.S. Civil Service Commission and director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Spanning 1967 to 1980, the Alan K. Campbell Papers comprises biographical material, correspondence, writings, and memorabilia of the American educator and Carter Administration official (b. 1923). Covering primarily his years as chairman of the U.S. Civil Service Commission and Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the collection offers a glimpse of the day-to-day operations of these departments and of Campbell's role in the campaign for civil service reform.

Biographical material (Box 1) consists of documentation prepared by Campbell for his confirmation hearings.

Arranged alphabetically, Correspondence (Boxes 1-16) includes both incoming letters and outgoing carbons which primarily document Campbell's role in the Carter Administration. Notable among the correspondents are: Jimmy Carter, Lloyd Bentsen, Hubert Humphrey, Lady Bird Johnson, George McGovern, Walter Mondale, and Donna Shalala.

A New York Times book review, articles written for a variety of publications, transcripts of Campbell's testimony before various Congressional committees, and his speeches from 1969 through 1980 constitute Writings (Boxes 17-20).

Memorabilia (Boxes 21-34) encompasses appointment calendars (1978-1980); videotapes of the 1998 Campbell Institute Inaugural Symposium with a memorial tribute to Campbell; clippings relating to the New York State Constitutional Convention, the Civil Service Commission, and the Office of Personnel Management; copies of financial records which were submitted for Campbell's confirmation hearings; photographs and printed material relating to events at Syracuse University's Maxwell School, the Civil Service Commission, and the Office of Personnel Management; publications of the Comptroller General's Office, and a few other government and private agencies; press releases (1969-1980); and various personal mementos.

Civil Service Reform Act material (Boxes 35-38) represents a separate set of Campbell's research material received in 2008 and not integrated into the main collection. This material is related almost exclusively to the Civil Service Reform Act and consists of articles and clippings, CSRA oral history material (including a detailed chronology on index cards and transcripts of numerous interviews), and correspondence with (among others) the White House and other government officials.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

See also the Inter-University Case Program Records.

Subject Headings


Campbell, Alan K.
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Shalala, Donna E.

Corporate Bodies

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
National Academy of Public Administration.
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.
United States Civil Service Commission.
United States. Office of Personnel Management.


Civil service -- Personnel management.
Civil service -- Study and teaching.
Civil service -- United States.
Civil service ethics -- United States.
Civil service reform -- United States.
Educators -- United States.
Public administration literature.


United States -- Officials and employees -- Selection and appointment.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1977-1981.

Genres and Forms

Appointment books.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Speeches (documents)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Alan K. Campbell Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Alan K. Campbell, 1994

Table of Contents

Biographical Material




Civil Service Reform Act material