PELL, Claiborne de Borda (1918-2009)

PELL, CLAIBORNE DE BORDA, (Son of Herbert Claiborne Pell, Jr., great-great-grandson of John Francis Hamtramck Claiborne, great-great-grandnephew of George Mifflin Dallas, great-great-great-grandnephew of William Charles Cole Claiborne and Nathaniel Herbert Claiborne), a Senator from Rhode Island; born in New York City, November 22, 1918; graduated, Princeton University 1940 and Columbia University 1946; served in the United States Coast Guard 1941-1945; served in United States Coast Guard Reserve; State Department and foreign service officer in Czechoslovakia, Italy, and Washington 1945-1952; businessman; served on a wide variety of government commissions and committees; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1960; reelected in 1966, 1972, 1978, 1984 and 1990 and served from January 3, 1961, to January 3, 1997; was not a candidate for reelection in 1996; chairman, Committee on Rules and Administration (Ninety-fifth through Ninety-Sixth Congresses); Committee on Foreign Relations (One Hundredth through One Hundred Third Congresses); appointed U.S. delegate to the United Nations, 1997; was a resident of Newport, Rhode Island, until his death on January 1, 2009; interment in St. Columba's Chapel cemetery, Middletown, Rhode Island.

Boise State University
Boise, ID
Papers: Correspondence in Frank Church papers, 1941-1984. Finding aid.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 5 audiotapes (1974) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Brown University
Providence, RI
Papers: Correspondence in Malcolm Read Lowell papers, ca. 1960-1990.
Oral History: Interview in Trinity Repertory Theatre collection, 1990-1991.

Gerald R. Ford Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1974-1977. Correspondence and briefing papers. Finding aid.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
Austin, TX
Oral History: 27 pages.

John F. Kennedy Library
Boston, MA
Oral History: 50 pages.

New York University
New York, NY
Papers: Correspondence concerning an interview about youth legislation in the WNYU Radio Station records, 1949-1969. Finding aid.
Oral History: Interview about youth legislation in WNYU radio station records, 1949-1969.

Smithsonian Institution
Archives of American Art
Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in Winslow Ames papers, 1931-1978, on 2 microfilm reels.

Syracuse University
George Arents Research Library
Syracuse, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Harold Weston papers, 1916-1971. Finding aid.

University of Pennsylvania
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1 letter (1965) in the Louis E. Shecter collection of letters from various senators commenting on President Kennedy's life and presidency, 1965.

University of Rhode Island
Special Collections
Kingston, RI
Papers: 1960-1997. Ca. 2,500 linear feet. Congressional, personal, and family correspondence and papers, photographs, motion picture film, sound recordings, and electronic records. Includes constituent correspondence, Senate Education Sub-committee files, Foreign Relations committee records, and legislative files, 1960-1996. The records include speeches, correspondence, memorandum, reports, articles, press statements, audio tape, audiovisual materials, photographs, and realia. Other records include Pell Family Papers consisting of correspondence, drawings, and photographs from Pell's immediate family, relatives, friends and colleagues. Finding aid available online.

Wayne State University
Walter P. Reuther Library
Detroit, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Rhode Island Federation of Teachers records, 1946-1982. Finding aid.

  • Fenno, Richard, Jr. Senators on the Campaign Trail: The Politics of Representation. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1992.
  • Miller, G. Wayne. An Uncommon Man: The Life and Times of Senator Claiborne Pell. Hanover: University Press of New England, 2011.
  • Pell, Claiborne. "American Education to the End of the Century.''Journal of Teacher Education 27 (Winter 1976): 294.
  • ___. "Federal Support for the Arts Has a Future.'' Annals of the American Academy of Social and Political Science 471 (January 1984): 102-6.
  • ___. Megalopolis Unbound: The Supercity and the Transportation of Tomorrow. New York: Praeger, 1966.
  • ___. Power and Policy: America's Role in World Affairs. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1972.
  • Pell, Claiborne, and Harold Leland Goodwin. Challenge of the Seven Seas. New York: William Morrow & Co., 1986.