Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Economics records
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.
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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.
Heads of the Program and Department
- Davis R. Dewey
- Ralph Evans Freeman
- Robert Lyle Bishop
- E. Cary Brown
- Ann F. Friedlaender
- E. Cary Brown, Acting Head
- Peter Arthur Diamond
- Richard Samuel Eckaus
- Peter Temin
- Stanley Fischer
- Paul Joskow
- Olivier Blanchard
- Bengt Holmstrom
- James Poterba
- Ricardo J. Caballero
- Whitney Newey
- Glenn Ellison
- Glenn Ellison
- Glenn Ellison
19.3 Cubic Feet (4 record cartons, 51 manuscript boxes)
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- Bishop, Robert L.
- Brown, E. Cary (Edgar Cary)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- History Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Economics
- Minorities -- Education (Higher) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Students -- Political activity. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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- administration of students Subject Source: Thesaurus for Use in College and University Archives
- affirmative action Subject Source: Thesaurus for Use in College and University Archives
- Preliminary Inventory to the Records of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Economics
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