BOWLES, Chester Bliss, 1901-1986


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

Guide to Research Collections

Yale University Library
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: 1924-1982, 180.5 linear feet.
The papers of Chester Bowles consist of correspondence, speeches, writings, photographs, clippings, oral history interviews, and other material documenting his personal life and professional career. Chester Bowles’s political career in Connecticut and his service as ambassador to India are detailed, as is his work as a foreign policy advisor, chairman of the Democratic Platform Committee at the 1960 national convention, and author and speaker on political affairs. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.


Brown University
John Hay Library
Providence, RI
Papers: In the Jay Saunders Redding Papers, ca. 1940-1980, approximately 30 linear feet.
Other authors include Chester Bowles.


Columbia University
Oral History Archives
New York, NY
Oral History: 1963, 866 leaves.
An oral history interview of Chester Bowles by Neil Gold in 1963. Topics discussed include his education at Choate and Yale; advertising, 1925; Benton and Bowles; radio advertising, product research and pricing; Defense Council; America First movement; Connecticut rationing administrator; Price Administrator; relations with Congress, Cabinet, and government officials; Office of Price Administration; stabilization, postwar period; campaign for Democratic gubernatorial nomination, Connecticut, 1946; Americans for Democratic Action; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, United Nations Relief and Rehablitation Administration, 1946-1947; Governor, Connecticut, 1948-1950; appointment of William Benton as Senator from Connecticut; 1950 campaign; Ambassador to India, 1951-1953; Senate campaign, 1958; posts and relationships, Kennedy administration; Ambassador to India, 1963; Observations on national and international political figures, especially Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, James Byrnes, Donald Nelson, Jawaharlal Nehru, Adlai E. Stevenson. The interview is also available on microfiche.


Emory University
Special Collections Department, Robert W. Woodruff Library
Atlanta, GA
Papers: In the Ralph McGill Papers, 1853-1971, 58.5 linear feet.
Other authors include Chester Bowles. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.


John F. Kennedy Library
Boston, MA
Oral History: 1965 and 1970, 107 pages.
Interview with Chester Bowles.


Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum
Austin, TX
Oral History: N.d., 67 pages.
Interview with Chester Bowles.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Joseph and Stewart Alsop Papers, ca. 1699-1989, 130.5 linear feet.
Correspondents include Chester Bowles. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the James Martin Barnes Papers, 1924-1958, 19 linear feet.
Correspondents include Chester Bowles. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Stuart Chase Papers, ca. 1907-1978, 14 linear feet.
Correspondents include Chester Bowles. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Philip C. Jessup Papers, ca. 1574-1983, 157.6 linear feet.
Correspondents include Chester Bowles. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Frank Kowalski Papers, ca. 1925-1976, 11 linear feet.
Correspondents include Chester Bowles. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Julius A. Krug Papers, ca. 1936-1950, 46.2 linear feet.
Correspondents include Chester Bowles. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Henry Robinson Luce Papers, ca. 1917-1967, 45 linear feet.
Correspondents include Chester Bowles. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Jackie Robinson Papers, ca. 1934-2001, 6.6 linear feet.
Individuals represented include Chester Bowles. A finding aid is available in the library.


Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: In the Excelsior Fruit Growers Association Records, 1900-1969, 5 cubic feet.
Other authors include Chester Bowles. An inventory is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Walter H. Judd Papers, ca. 1921-1933, 90 cubic feet.
Other authors include Chester Bowles. An inventory is available in the repository.


The New York Public Library
Manuscripts and Archives Division
New York, NY
Papers: In the Sidney Hertzberg Papers, 1924-1984, 35.5 linear feet.
Other authors include Chester Bowles. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.


Pennsylvania State University
Rare Books Room, University Libraries
University Park, PA
Papers: In the Saturday Review Book Review Letters Received, ca. 1958-1967, 119 items.
Correspondents include Chester Bowles.


Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Hyde Park, NY
Oral History: In the Eleanor Roosevelt Oral History Transcripts (part 1), 1977-1980, 68 items.
Other authors include Chester Bowles. A finding aid is available in the repository.


University of Connecticut Libraries
Archives and Special Collections, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
Storrs, CT
Papers: In the Office of Price Administration, Hartford Branch Records, 1941-1951, 34.5 linear feet.
Other authors include Chester Bowles.


University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Donald S. Leonard Papers, 1925-1966, 33 linear feet and 1outsize folder.
Other authors include Chester Bowles. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Papers: In the Blair Moody Papers, 1928-1954 and undated, 31 linear feet.
Other authors include Chester Bowles. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Papers: In the Margaret Bayne Price Papers, 1918-1969, 25 linear feet.
Other authors include Chester Bowles. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.


University of Oregon Libraries
Special Collections & University Archives
Eugene, OR
Papers: In the C. Girard Davidson Papers, 1934-1980, 105 linear feet.
Other authors include Chester Bowles. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.


University of Pennsylvania
Special Collections, Van Pelt Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the Marian Anderson Papers, ca. 1900-1993, 41 items.
The group of correspondence involves the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Cancer Research. Correspondents include Chester Bowles.


University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the Homer S. Cummings Papers, 1886-1956, approximately 124,000 items.
Correspondents include Chester Bowles. A guide is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Francis Pickens Miller Papers, 1915-1976, 3000 items.
Correspondents include Chester Bowles. A guide is available in the repository.


University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Archives, Golda Meir Library

Papers: In the Bruno Voltaire Bitker Papers, 1944-1981, 0.4 cubic foot.
Other authors include Chester Bowles.