History of the Maurice Klain Cleveland Area Leadership Studies

The Maurice Klain Research Papers: Cleveland Area Leadership Studies were produced by Dr. Klain, a political scientist at Western Reserve University (Case Western Reserve University since 1967), as a scholarly project designed to identify, describe and analyze leadership, decision-making, influence and power in Greater Cleveland, Ohio, during the 1950s and 1960s.

Maurice Klain was born in 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1940. He received his masters from Oberlin College in 1941 and took his Ph. D. at Yale University in 1949. He taught at Yale, Connecticut College, Douglas College for Women at Rutgers University and Amherst before coming to WRU in 1949. He became an associate professor in 1956 and was chairman of the political science department from 1972 to 1974. In 1983, he was given emeritus status.

The heart of his study is embodied in over 700 transcripts of interviews conducted by Klain and his graduate students from 1957 to 1965. The people interviewed were eminent figures in the business and professional life of Cleveland, notables in government, law and politics, as well as prominent figures in education, journalism, religion, philanthropy and nongovernmental civic institutions, leaders of ethnic communities, and activists in other demographic categories. The research was supported by grants principally from the Stern Family Fund, the Social Science Research Council and, locally, the Cleveland Foundation. Additional funding was provided locally by the Fox Foundation, the Lubrizol Foundation, and Mr. Samuel H. Miller of Forest City Enterprises.