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Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies

This guide provides an introduction to the resources for the study of Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe available at Duke University Libraries.

Economist Papers@Duke

In an attempt to preserve the papers of modern economists, and to prvoide a valuable resource to researchers in the history of economic thought (particularly in the 20th century), Duke University's Rubenstein Rare Book and Special Collections Library - with assistance from Duke's Economics Department - has developed the Economists' Papers Project (EPP). Currently, the EPP consists of the papers of over thirty eminent economists, at least four of whom collected materials of interests to students not only of Russian and Soviet economics, but also of the tragic fate of the Magyar nobility and of Romanian intellectuals in 20th-century Eastern Europe.

Evsey D. Domar (1914-1997)
    Economist and professor of economics at the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Born 1914, Lodz, Russia (now Poland). The papers in this collection chiefly address his work on serfdom and slavery, particularly in Russia; the economics of socialist systems of government; the economics of agriculture; and theories of productivity and efficiency.
    20,625 items, 27.5 linear feet, 1939-1995 and undated (bulk 1957-1989).

Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen (1906-1994)
    Romanian-born Georgescu-Roegen was a noted economist and professor at Vanderbilt University. Typed transcripts and other documents reveal details concerning political conditions in Romania during the period of the provisional government and the Armistice trials following World War II (1944-45). During this period, Georgescu-Roegen served the new government in various capacities before he fled the country with his wife in 1948. The collection includes correspondence, research and writings, subject files, teaching materials, and autobiographical writings documenting his life and. Correspondents include the economists Joseph Schumpeter (under whom he studied at Harvard) and Friedrich von Hayek. Topics include analytical economics, value theory and consumer behavior, bio-economics, time and economic change, entropy and its application to economics, agricultural economics, and the teaching of economics. Some materials are in Russian or Romanian.
    33,002 items, 44 Linear Feet, dated 1944-1994.

Calvin Bryce Hoover (1897-1974)
    Hoover was an economist, a scholar, and a leader in public service. A member of the Duke faculty from 1925 until his retirement in 1966, Hoover served as chairman of the Department of Economics from 1937-1957, and Dean of the Graduate School from 1938-1948. Hoover is widely accepted as the founder of the field of comparative economics. He traveled many times to the Soviet Union to study economic conditions, and wrote on Adolf Hitler's rise to power in Germany. Materials include correspondence, departmental files, reports, photographs, sound recordings, books, articles, clippings, scrapbooks, date books, and other printed materials. Major subjects of the collection are the economic conditions in the Soviet Union, Germany, and the United States in the 20th century; the administration of an academic department during wartime; Soviet economic policy; Soviet politics and government; the formation of New Deal agricultural policies in the South; and the Office of Strategic Services.
    45,500 items, 45.5 linear feet; dated 1929-1988 (bulk 1929-1968).

Tibor Scitovsky (1910-2002)
    Hungarian-born economist and professor at Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley. The papers consist largely of materials related to Scitovsky's unpublished writings, including a personal memoir and papers written in the 1990s on "Boredom" and "What Went Wrong in our Country." Materials related to the memoir include family photographs and documents dating back to 1910.  This series of photographs details life in
northern Hungary for a family of nobility, particularly before and during World War II. The memoirs also offer a detailed narrative of Scivovsky’s emigration from Hungary to the United States in the 1940s, as well as an account of the student protests in Paris in the 1960s.
    800 items, 1.2 linear feet, 1910-2002 and undated.