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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Economics records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0394

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Most of the records were created while Robert Lyle Bishop (1958-1964) and Edgar Cary Brown (1964-1982) were heads of the department. The collection contains correspondence, plans, reports, and studies on affirmative action; and information about department committees, changes in the graduate and undergraduate curricula, and visiting committees. Included is a department history with lists of all faculty and student evaluations of courses. Also included is Brown's correspondence with the American Economic Association's Chairs Committee. Working papers published by the department, 1967-2014, were added to the collection in 2020.


  • 1947


Access note

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Intellectual Property Rights

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Separate written application for permission to publish must be made to Distinctive Collections. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the creating office.

Historical note

Until 1903, classes in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were taught as part of Course IX, General Studies. In 1903 the Department of Economics, Statistics and Political Science was established; in 1907 it became the Department of Economics and Statistics, and Political Science became part of the Department of History and Political Science. In 1934 the Department of Economics and Statistics became the Department of Economics and Social Science, and in 1965 it became the Department of Economics.

The heads of the program in economics were: Davis R. Dewey, 1893-1933; Ralph Evans Freeman, 1933-1958; Robert Lyle Bishop, 1958-1964; Edgar Cary Brown, 1964-1982; Ann F. Friedlaender, 1983-1984; Edgar Cary Brown, acting head, 1984; Peter Arthur Diamond, 1985-1987; Richard Samuel Eckaus, 1987-1990; Peter-Temin, 1990-1993; Stanley Fischer, 1993- 1994; Paul Joskow, 1994-1998; Olivier Blanchard, 1998-2003; Bengt Holmstrom, 2003-2006; James Poterba, 2006-2008; and Ricardo J. Caballero, 2008 - present (2010).


19.3 Cubic Feet (4 record cartons, 51 manuscript boxes)

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Preliminary Inventory to the Records of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Economics
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Repository Details

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