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E. Cary Brown personal archives

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0729

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the career of E. Cary Brown, professor emeritus of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Brown was a member of the faculty at MIT from 1947 to 2007. He specialized in the field of fiscal policy and taxation. Materials in this collection, spanning 1940 to 2001, comprise correspondence, speeches, teaching materials, research, manuscripts, and publications. The bulk of the correspondence in the collection dates from between the 1950s and 1980s, and is primarily arranged alphabetically by subject. Speeches in the collection, dating between 1975 and 1998, primarily honor colleagues upon reaching milestones, retirement, or at memorial services. Teaching materials, dating from 1940 to 1984, comprise course notes and exams on the topics of economic principles and fiscal policy. Research on fiscal policy is shown through unpublished manuscripts and through work done on behalf of the Department of the Treasury, the Brookings Institution, and other organizations. The bulk of this material appears to concern the unpublished manuscript “Fiscal Policy in America” which includes data and chapter drafts. Additional manuscript materials include a history of the Department of Economics at MIT. Publications authored by Brown in the collection include reprints, books, and reports dating from 1943 to 1989. Also included in the collection are transcripts of Brown’s testimony before the US Congress and books on taxation annotated by Brown. Materials documenting Brown’s work as head of the Department of Economics at MIT are not included in his personal archives and can be found in collection AC-0394, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Economics records.


  • 1940 - 2001


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical Note

E. Cary Brown, 1916-2007, was professor emeritus of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received a BA, 1937, from the University of California at Berkeley in commerce, and PhD, 1948 from Harvard in economics. Before receiving his PhD, he worked as an economist at the War Production Board, 1940-1941, and at the Division of Tax Research at the US Treasury Department, 1942-1947. He joined the MIT faculty in 1947 where he was assistant professor, 1947-1951, associate professor, 1951-1958, professor 1958-1986, and emeritus professor 1986-2007. He served as head of the Department of Economics from 1965-1983 and served as acting head in 1984. From 1985-1986, Brown served as Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science and Head of Foreign Languages and Literatures. In addition to his work at MIT, he served as consultant to the US Department of the Treasury, 1948-1953, 1961-1969, and to the Brookings Institution, 1956-1986. His main area of research was fiscal policy and the economics of taxation.

MIT News Office Memorial:


5 Cubic Feet (5 record cartons)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.

Related Materials

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Economics records, AC-0394.

Processing Information note

Some collection descriptions are based on legacy data and may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies. Description may change pending verification. Please contact the MIT Department of Distinctive Collections if you notice any errors or discrepancies.

Preliminary Inventory to the Personal Archives of E. Cary Brown
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 August 6: Edited by Lana Mason to remove aggrandizing terms in the scope and content note description.

Repository Details

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