Guide to the Maxwell Harway papers, 1934-2007 Maxwell Harway papers C0120

Guide to the Maxwell Harway papers, 1934-2007

Maxwell Harway papers


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Finding aid prepared by Special Collections Research Center staff, revised by Amy Blake in 2018.

George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
Collection Number
Maxwell Harway papers1934-2007
Physical Characteristics
1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Harway, Maxwell
This collection contains materials pertaining to the long and varied career of Maxwell Harway, an economist with the United States Department of State and Department of Labor and a historian and critic of current affairs. Materials include reports and memoranda, newsclippings, business cards, and magazine articles.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Max Harway papers, C0120, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Max Harway in 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections and Archives staff. EAD markup completed by Eron Ackerman and Jordan Patty in August 2009. Updated and revised by Amy Blake in September 2018.

Biographical Information

Maxwell Harway has had a long and varied career, which includes years working for the U.S. State Department, as an economist with the Department of Labor, and ultimately, as an adjunct history professor at George Mason University. Born in 1913, Harway grew up as a second-generation American son of White Russian immigrants on Manhattan's Lower East Side. He graduated from the prestigious Townsend Harris Hall high school in 1930. Among his classmates were Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine, actor Cornel Wilde, and author Herman Wouk.

After graduating from the City College of New York, Harway worked for the Works Progress Administration while presiding over a chapter of the American Federation of Teachers. In Washington in 1941, he became a chief economist for the federal Office of Price Administration, overseeing the rationing of sugar, coffee and other foodstuffs. He later spent 3 1/2 years in the U.S. Army Air Force, joined the State Department, and helped repair Europe's railroad and canal barge network under the Marshall Plan. In 1952 Harway received a master's degree in international relations from Georgetown University.

While applying for a faculty position at the University of Maryland in the 1950s, Harway encountered job discrimination as a Jew. He recalls the department head complementing his credentials but turning him down with the explanation, "I'm so sorry, we already have one Hebrew on the faculty."

Harway then entered a private minerals import-export business while living in Casablanca. In 1963, President Lyndon Johnson called on him to be a consultant in his War on Poverty, at a salary of $1 a year. A second State Department tour took Harway to Vietnam and Cambodia from 1965 to 1978, after which he moved to Warrenton. In recognition of Harway's accomplishments, especially his part in rebuilding Europe's transportation network after World War II, Clark University awarded him an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1996.

Harway later became president of the Fauquier Historical Society and turned to the county's history by writing articles, taking active roles in the Society, obtaining contributions so that Warrenton's Old Jail Museum could be open six days a week, and spearheading the celebration in August 2000 of the 175th anniversary of the Marquis de Lafayette's visit to Fauquier. In 2005, he began teaching modern U.S. and European history at George Mason University.

Scope and Content

This collection contains materials pertaining to the long and varied career of Max Harway, including reports and memoranda, newsclippings, business cards, and magazine articles. Items from earlier in his career include United States Department of State papers and reports from Harway's work as an economist with the Office of Price Administration's Division of Food Rationing during and after World War II. Items from later in his career include papers of the Fauquier Historical Society, of which Harway served as president, campaign ads to elect Harway to Warrenton Town Council, op-eds to various newspapers, and articles by Harway on the Middle East and China.


Organized by subject and date.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center also holds other collections of personal papers on both national and Northern Virginia politics.

Index Terms


  • Harway, Maxwell
  • Corporate Names:

  • Fauquier Historical Society.
  • United States. Dept. of State.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Fauquier County (Va.)--History.
  • Subjects:

  • International relations.
  • Local history.

Contents List

Box: 1 Folder: 1
List of works by Maxwell Harway,
September, 1935 - February, 1971

Box: 1 Folder: 2
Scans of Harway's Newspaper articles on terrorism and the Middle East,
December 3,1987 - September 23, 2004

Box: 1 Folder: 3
Article Clippings about China that include Harway,

Box: 1 Folder: 4
Notes on China Trip: by Maxwell Harway,
May 17-18, 1992

Box: 1 Folder: 5
"The End of Communism in China?" by Maxwell Harway ,

Box: 1 Folder: 6
"Out of the Attic" ,
April 20, 1994

Box: 1 Folder: 7
"Talking Points on the Marshall Plan and Post Cold War Trade" Draft, by Maxwell Harway,
January 20, 1996

Box: 1 Folder: 8
Remarks of Maxwell Harway at Clark University's convocation ceremony at Worcester, Massachusettes,
May 19, 1996

Box: 1 Folder: 9
Maxwell Harway: Random Reflections of the Passing Century in Honor of Henry J. Leir,
February 16, 1999

Box: 1 Folder: 10
"To the Editor of the New York Times",
July 3, 1999

Box: 1 Folder: 11
A letter to the Editor of the Time's Dmocrat from Maxwell Harway,
September 17, 1999

Box: 1 Folder: 12
"On the Town: A two-story building with a thousand stories",
July 24, 2002

Box: 1 Folder: 13
"The Fauqier Citizen",
August 22, 2002

Box: 1 Folder: 14
Memorandums to Maxwell Harway,
September 18, 1953 - June 23, 2003

Box: 1 Folder: 15
Memorandums from Maxwell Harway,
Ocotober 17, 2002 - October 21, 2004

Box: 1 Folder: 16
"It's Your Government" by: Maxwell Harway,

Box: 1 Folder: 17
Town Council letter from Maxwell Harway,

Box: 1 Folder: 18
"North Africa" presented by Maxwell Harway Ad,
September 22, 1994

Box: 1 Folder: 19
"Reflections on the Departing Century" Ad,
February 16, 1999

Box: 1 Folder: 20
Harway Hearing Proceedings,
October 7, 1953

Box: 1 Folder: 21
Living History: At 92, Max Harway's past exploits are fodder for George Mason class,
December 8, 2005

Box: 1 Folder: 22
Maxwell Harway's Resume,

Box: 1 Folder: 23
Harway's Campaign Speech Notes,

Box: 1 Folder: 24
Max Harway Warrenton Town Council Advertisements,

Box: 1 Folder: 25
Pictures of wine cellar and Max Harway campaign advertisements,

Box: 1 Folder: 26
Photograph copy of Max Harway,

Box: 1 Folder: 27
Harway's Candidate biography,

Box: 1 Folder: 28
Committee to elect Max Harway thank you letter,

Box: 1 Folder: 29
Commonwealth of Virginia Sample Ballot,

Box: 1 Folder: 30
Business cards / Identification for Maxwell Harway,

Box: 1 Folder: 31
Interview #2 with Max Harway Questions,

Box: 2 Folder: 1
The Fauquier Democrat Newspaper clipping copies,
December 1, 1983 - July 26, 2000

Box: 2 Folder: 2
The Washington Post: Newspaper clipping copies,
January 18, 1998 - March 26, 2000

Box: 2 Folder: 3
The Fauquier Citizen Newspaper clipping copies,
April 27, 1990 - November 20, 2003

Box: 2 Folder: 4
Newspaper clippings copies,
March 6, 1940 - December 22, 2005

Box: 2 Folder: 5
Fauquier County and Warrenton, Virginia Visitors Guide,

Box: 2 Folder: 6
Fauquier National Bank Issued Check,
November 13, 1935

Box: 2 Folder: 7
Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce update,
December, 1994

Box: 2 Folder: 8
Fauquier Country Chamber of Commerce update,

Box: 2 Folder: 9
The Saga of the Warrenton Town Hall,
April 15, 1997

Box: 2 Folder: 10
Old Town Warrenton Ad,

Box: 2 Folder: 11
Advertisement for the Wine Cellar Exhibit,

Box: 2 Folder: 12
Napoleon's Restaurant Menu and Short History,

Box: 2 Folder: 13
A Walking Tour of Warrenton Virginia pamphlet,

Box: 2 Folder: 14
Old Town Addition,

Box: 2 Folder: 15
Residential Consequences of Proposed Annexation,
1998 - 1999

Box: 2 Folder: 16
Lafayette Exhibition Artificat List,

Box: 2 Folder: 17
Fauquier News: "Town Says 'Oui, Oui!' To Marquis",

Box: 2 Folder: 18
Fauquier Times-Democrat: "Lafayette back in the news" clipping,
May 26, 1999

Box: 2 Folder: 19
The Weekender page copy,
July 13, 2000

Box: 2 Folder: 20
The Idler: "Warrenton, Virginia Salutes the Marquis De Lafayetter",
September 6, 2000

Box: 2 Folder: 21
Booklet for Salute to Lafayette exhibit,
September 15-17, 2000

Box: 2 Folder: 22
Salute to Lafayette brochures,
September 15-17, 2000

Box: 2 Folder: 23
News and Notes,

Box: 2 Folder: 24
News and Notes, Vol. 22, No. 2,

Box: 2 Folder: 25
Interium Report on a Program for Distilled Spirits,
1934 - 1941

Box: 2 Folder: 26
Interium Report on a Price Program for the Wine Industry,
1934 - 1942

Box: 2 Folder: 27
"Problems Inherent in the Development of a Points Rationing System",
July 20, 1942

Box: 2 Folder: 28
Plans School,
February 17 - March 3, 1945

Box: 2 Folder: 29
Inter-Governmental Transportation Coordinating Committee Notes and Report,
September 26 - November 7, 1946

Box: 2 Folder: 30
Transportation Requirements for Lumber ,
December 13, 1946

Box: 2 Folder: 31
U.S. Department of State: Documents and State Papers, Vol. 1, No. 8-9,
November - December, 1948

Box: 2 Folder: 32
The Department of State Bulletin: Vol. XXI, No. 522,
July 4, 1949

Box: 2 Folder: 33
The American Foreign Service Journal, Vol. 27, No. 1,
January, 1950

Box: 2 Folder: 34
Business Week: Traders brainchild a bonanza ,
February 3, 1962

Box: 2 Folder: 35
Muslim Woman in the Middle East: Faces of Reality brochure,
Nay 16, 1981

Box: 2 Folder: 36
Constitution of the U.S: First Amendment (Establishment Clause),
May 1, 1996

Box: 2 Folder: 37
RRCSB-AAA Fiscal 2004 Program plan and meeting notice,
June 19, 2003

Box: 2 Folder: 38
Headquarters, North African Division, Air Transport Command (1250th AAF Base Unit) Plans Conference,
December 14, 1944

Box: 2 Folder: 39
North African Division Graduation Banquet Pamphlet,
June 29, 1945

Box: 2 Folder: 40
Letter about Harway from the North African Division Headquarters,
November 28, 1945

Box: 2 Folder: 41
"The Rocket Run" North African Division Booklet copy,

Box: 2 Folder: 42
Letter to Mr. Lipton from Sargeant Shriver and White House,
March 31, 1964

Box: 2 Folder: 43
A History of the 20th Century Vol. 3 ,
1952 - 1999

Box: 2 Folder: 44
Chamber of Commerce Membership Applications,

Box: 2 Folder: 45
Danube Conference [CD-R],

Box: 2 Folder: 46
Maxwell Harway Collection Photographs [CD-R],