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COLLECTION Identifier: 2017-M98

Papers of Donna E. Shalala, 1941-2017


Speeches and writings of Donna Shalala, given throughout her career.


  • 1941-2017

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Donna E. Shalala is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


13 linear feet (13 cartons)

Collection consists largely of speeches and lectures given by Shalala, 1973-2017; op-eds and letters; personal and professional photographs, articles about her, school records, etc. Does not include any official records of Shalala's work as Secretary of Health and Human Services, nor as President of Hunter College, University of Miami, and as Chancellor of University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Political scientist, university administrator, and Secretary of Health and Human Services, Donna Edna Shalala was born in 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Edna Smith and James Abraham Shalala. She graduated from Western College for Women in 1962 and earned a PhD from Syracuse University in 1970. Shalala served on the faculties of Baruch College (City University of New York) and Teachers College (Columbia University) before being appointed president of Hunter College (1980-1988). She later served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1988-1993) before being appointed by President Bill Clinton to head the Department of Health and Human Services (1993-2001). From 2001 to 2015 Shalala was president of the University of Miami. She served as President of the Clinton Foundation from 2015 to 2017. She was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in 2008, and in 2010 she received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. In 2018 she was elected to Congress from Florida's 27th Congressional district.


The collection is arranged in two series:

  1. Series I. Speeches and lectures, 1973-2016 (Cartons 1-7)
  2. Series II. Opeds, writings, correspondence, clippings, 1941-2017 (Cartons 8-13)

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2017-M98

The papers of Donna E. Shalala were given to the Schlesinger Library by Donna E. Shalala in March 2017.

Processing Information

Container list: 2017

By: Donna Shalala's staff.

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This container list provides a basic inventory and description of the Shalala papers. More extensive processing work may be undertaken in the future.

Shalala, Donna E. Papers of Donna E. Shalala, 1941-2017: A Container List
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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