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Charles P. Kindleberger papers

Identifier: MC-0299

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection includes correspondence about a proposed Marshall Plan memoir, later published as Marshall Plan Days (1987), and about Walter Rostow's Festschrift, published as Economics in the Long View: Essays in Honor of W. W. Rostow (1982). Also included are course notes from some of his economics classes, drafts of lectures and journal articles, writings which reference Kindleberger, reprints and reviews of his own writings, newspaper and magazine articles on subjects such as economic history, international finance, and monetary policy, and an oral history interview conducted by Richard D. McKinzie, 1977. Also included are research files on international economics and finance, and a manuscript of his book A Financial History of Western Europe. The collection contains incoming and outgoing correspondence with colleagues and friends regarding conferences, publications, and personal matters.


  • 1934-2001


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Biographical Note

Charles Poor Kindleberger, 1910-2003 , A.B. 1932, University of Pennsylvania; A.M. 1934, Ph.D. 1937, Columbia University, came to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1948 as an assistant professor of economics; he became a full professor in 1951 and later, Ford International Professor of Economics. He became an emeritus professor in 1976 and was a senior lecturer until 1983. His work focused on economic history and international monetary affairs.

Kindleberger was a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 1936-1939, the Bank for International Settlements, Switzerland, 1939-1940, and at the Federal Reserve System in Washington, 1940-1942.

After World War II he was chief of the division of German and Austrian Economic Affairs of the Department of State, 1945-1947, then advisor on the European Recovery Program, 1947-1948. He has held many part-time research and teaching positions in the United States and abroad. Among his more than twenty books are two standard texts, International Economics (1953) and Economic Development (1958). Other books include A Financial History of Western Europe (1984), The World in Depression, 1929-1939 (1973), and Manias, Panics and Crashes (1978).


10.3 Cubic Feet (41 manuscript boxes)

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Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of Charles P. Kindleberger
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