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Economists' Papers Project   Tags: archives, economics, history_of_economics  

Description and list of archival collections related to economics in the Duke University David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
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  • Lawrence Klein Papers
    Nobel Prize-winning economist and professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Includes Klein's correspondence, writings and drafts, economic research and subject files, organizational papers, and dissertations from Klein's many students.
  • Duncan Foley Papers
    Economist and professor at the New School for Social Research. Collection contains writings and research, correspondence, name files, teaching and academic materials, and some personal and creative work by Foley. Common subjects include Marxism and monetary theory, statistical methodology, and political economy.
  • Anna Schwartz Papers
    Economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research and collaborator with Milton Friedman on numerous works. Collection contains economics research and subject files on monetary policy, gold, the Federal Reserve, currency, and the 2008 Financial Crisis; correspondence; Shadow Open Market Committee materials; writings; and materials relating to Schwartz's collaborations with Milton Friedman.

Overview of the Collections

In the 1980s, with guidance from faculty in the Economics Department, Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library initiated an ongoing program to preserve the papers of distinguished economists.  To date, the papers of more than fifty significant economists have been donated to the library.  These collections offer a valuable resource to researchers in the history of economic thought, particularly those interested in twentieth-century economic thought.

A list of the collections in the Economists' Papers Project is located here.

Duke’s collections contain a wealth of research material on virtually every area of 20th century economic thought.  The sizes of the collections vary from very small collections of a few folders to hundreds of linear feet of material.  Each of the collections has distinctive research value. Some contain all professional correspondence as well as the notes, drafts, and manuscripts of major works. Others contain information on political involvement, records of professional involvement (e.g., editorial boards, conference participation, etc.), and personal biographical material.  Most of the collections are from economists working in America but include large aggregations of research material on areas worldwide. 

In addition to the papers of individual economists, the library also holds the records of several organizations and journals important for the history of economic thought.  Chief among them are the records of the American Economic Association, founded in 1885.  This collection consists of more than 350 linear feet of materials and includes the records (correspondence and referee files, accepted articles, papers and proceedings) of the American Economic Review.

For further information on the history of the collections, see the article “Archiving the History of Economics” by E. Roy Weintraub et al. in the Journal of Economic Literature 36.3 (September 1998), pp. 1496-1501 (link functional for Duke users only).  


Collections in the Economists' Papers Project

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