Department of Economics (University of Michigan) records: 1915-1980
Summary Information
Title: Department of Economics (University of Michigan) records
Creator: University of Michigan. Department of Economics.
Dates: 1915-1980
Extent: 8 linear feet, 8 digital audiovisual files
Abstract:
Records, 1915-1980,of the department of economics of the University of Michigan; contain files of chairmen, Isaiah Sharfman, Gardner Ackley, and Warren Smith, including minutes of staff meetings, research materials, and administrative records; also papers collected and interviews conducted by Marjorie Brazer with present and past faculty of the department in connection with its centennial.
Call number: 87141 Bimu C26 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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The records were received from donors nos. 5205 and 4717.

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History

The teaching of political economy was provided for in Judge Woodward's "Catholepistemiad" scheme drawn up in 1817, which formed the basis for the University of Michigan. Until the appointment of Henry Carter Adams as lecturer in political economy in 1880, the current professor of moral and intellectual philosophy, who was nearly always the senior member of the faculty or the president, had taught the course. Adams became a full professor in 1887, and headed what became the Department of Economics until his death in 1921. Classes in business and industry were separated from the Department of Economics and eventually became the nucleus for the School of Business Administration, which was founded in 1924. Courses in sociology were similarly split off into the Department of Sociology in 1931. A centennial history, compiled in 1979, is available in the collection.

Chairs of the Department of Economics

1887-1921 Henry Carter Adams
1921-1923 Frederick Manville Taylor
1923-1927 Edmund Ezra Day
1927- 1954 Isaiah Leo Sharfman
1954-1963 Gardner Ackley
1956-1957 Shorey Peterson (Acting)
1963-1967 Warren Lounsbury Smith
1969 Virgil M. Bett
1970 John B. Lansing
1970-1971 Warren Lounsbury Smith (Acting)
1971-1974 Peter O. Steiner
1974-1977 Harold T. Shapiro
1977-1980 Saul H. Hymans
1980-1983 Frank Stafford
1983-1986 Edward M. Gramlich
1986-1989 Richard C. Porter
1989-1991 Edward M. Gramlich
1991-1995 Alan V. Deardorff
1995-1997 Paul N. Courant
1996 James N. Levinsohn (Acting)
1997-1999 Charles C. Brown
1999-2003 Gary R. Solon
2003-2007 Matthew D. Shapiro
2007-2011 Linda L. Tesar
2011-2014 Joel B. Slemrod
2014-2015 David A. Lam
2016- Paul W. Rhode

Collection Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the Department of Economics records, covering the period 1950-1980, contain files of the chairmen, Isaiah Sharfman, Gardner Ackley, and Warren Smith. Included are executive committee and staff meeting minutes, budgets, faculty appointments, schedules, salaries, and reports on building needs. Additional materials cover the work of various centers and professional organizations.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Economics.
  • Digital file formats.
  • Oral histories.
  • Sound recordings.
  • University of Michigan. Department of Economics.
  • Ackley, Gardner.
  • Angell, Robert Cooley, 1899-1984.
  • Bluestone, Barry.
  • Brazer, Harvey E., 1922-1991.
  • Dernberger, Robert F.
  • Fowler, Ann Schwartz Smith.
  • Freedman, Deborah S.
  • Fusfeld, Daniel R. (Daniel Roland), 1922-2007.
  • Haber, Fannie.
  • Haber, William, 1899-1988.
  • Hymans, Saul H.
  • Katona, George, 1901-1981.
  • Klein, Lawrence Robert.
  • Levinson, Harold Myer, 1919-
  • Morgan, James.
  • Mueller, Eva, 1920-
  • Palmer, William B.
  • Peterson, Shorey, 1897-1981.
  • Shapiro, Harold T., 1935-
  • Steiner, Peter Otto, 1922-
  • Stolper, Wolfgang F.
  • Suits, Daniel Burbidge, 1918-
  • Sharfman, I. Leo (Isaiah Leo), 1886-1969.
  • Smith, Warren Lounsbury, 1914-1972.
  • Brazer, Marjorie Cahn.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Records [series]
Box   1  
Universities -- National Bureau Committee for Economic Research 1940-1959 (13 folders)
Box   1  
Ford Foundation 1955-1960 (6 folders)
Box   2  
Ford Foundation (cont.) 1955-1960 (12 folders)
Box   2  
Departmental Organization 1934-1951
Box   2  
Time Schedules (5 folders)
Box   2  
Regional Faculty Research Seminar 1960 (29 folders)
Box   2  
Conference on the Economic Outlook 1953-1961 (4 folders)
Box   2  
Meetings of Department Chairmen 1954-1961 (2 folders)
Box   2  
Research Committee, Social Sciences 1948-1951 (2 folders)
Box   3  
American Economic Association 1952-1960 (4 folders)
Box   3  
Center for Research on Economic Development 1956-1962 (4 folders)
Box   3  
Department Reports 1959-1961
Box   3  
Social Science Research Council 1958-1959 (2 folders)
Box   3  
Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics 1952-1960
Box   3  
Student Placement 1954-1960 (4 folders)
Box   3  
Doctoral Committee and Exams 1950-1952 (3 folders)
Box   4  
Building needs 1928-1948
Box   4  
Committee on Graduate Programs 1955-1956
Box   4  
Committee on Research and Health Problems of the Aged 1959-1961
Box   4  
Committee on Social Science Personnel 1957-1958
Box   4  
Conference on Medical Economics 1961
Box   4  
Conference on Research on Economic Stability 1958-1959
Box   4  
Correspondence (miscellaneous) 1961-1962
Box   4  
Current Economic Research 1951
Box   4  
Departmental Luncheons 1953-1955
Box   4  
Departmental Election Statistics 1915-1921
Box   4  
Fellowships 1954, 1962-1963 (3 folders)
Box   4  
Ford Foundation Contract -- RSQE 1955
Box   4  
Ford Foundation Grant -- Area Studies Program 1961
Box   4  
Graduate Degree Requirements 1954-1956
Box   4  
Graduate Work in Economics at other institutions 1952
Box   4  
Great Lakes Regional Assemblies 1960
Box   4  
International Cooperation Administration -- Korean Project 1957
Box   4  
Interviews 1957-1958
Box   4  
Italian Centennial Program 1960
Box   4  
Readings in Economics 1955-1960
Box   4  
Research (misc.) 1955
Box   4  
Research Advisory Committee 1959-1961
Box   4  
Research and Publications 1960-1961
Box   4  
Report on Courses and Staffing 1952
Box   4  
Social Science Study Committee 1957-1958
Box   4  
Summer Session 1950, 1962 (2 folders)
Box   4  
Theory Examination -- Business Administration and Economics 1957
Box   4  
Urban Community Program and Seminar 1941-1947
 
Departmental Centennial [series]
Box   5  
Manuscript of history of economics department by Marjorie Brazer

(includes appendices and other background material)

Box   5  
Responses to centennial invitations

(includes remembrances of economic department)

Box   5  
Miscellaneous
 
Tapes and transcripts of interviews compiled in preparation of centennial history 1979
Box   5  
Ackley, Gardner
Box   5  
Angell, Robert Cooley
Box   5  
Bluestone, Barry
Box   5  
Brazer, Harvey
Box   5  
Dernberger, Robert
Box   5  
Fowler, Ann Schwartz Smith
Box   5  
Freedman, Deborah S
Box   5  
Fusfeld, Daniel
Box   5  
Haber, Fannie
Box   5  
Haber, William
Box   5  
UM Economics Department Centennial History Interview with William Haber, Tape 1 of 4 1979 May 2 ([87141-SR-12]) (1 audiocassettes (Audiocassettes))
(William Haber interview on UM Economics Department Centennial History.)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([87141-SR-12-1]) [Access to this material is restricted to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library] (31:37) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([87141-SR-12-2]) [Access to this material is restricted to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library] (31:37) [access item]
Box   5  
UM Economics Department Centennial History Interview with William Haber, Tape 2 of 4 1979 May 2 ([87141-SR-13]) (1 audiocassettes (Audiocassettes))
(William Haber interview on UM Economics Department Centennial History.)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([87141-SR-13-1]) [Access to this material is restricted to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library] [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([87141-SR-13-2]) [Access to this material is restricted to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library] (29:20) [access item]
Box   5  
UM Economics Department Centennial History Interview with William Haber, Tape 3 of 4 1979 May 31 ([87141-SR-14]) (1 audiocassettes (Audiocassettes))
(William Haber interview on UM Economics Department Centennial History.)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([87141-SR-14-1]) [Access to this material is restricted to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library] (31:20) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([87141-SR-14-2]) [Access to this material is restricted to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library] (31:20) [access item]
Box   5  
UM Economics Department Centennial History Interview with William Haber, Tape 4 of 4 1979 May 31 ([87141-SR-15]) (1 audiocassettes (Audiocassettes))
(William Haber interview on UM Economics Department Centennial History.)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([87141-SR-15-1]) [Access to this material is restricted to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library] (31:24) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([87141-SR-15-2]) [Access to this material is restricted to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library] (19:13) [access item]
Box   5  
Hymans, Saul
Box   5  
Katona, George
Box   5  
Klein, Lawrence
Box   5  
Levinson, Harold
Box   5  
Morgan, James
Box   5  
Mueller, Eva
Box   5  
Palmer, William B
Box   5  
Peterson, Shorey
Box   5  
Shapiro, Harold

(not to be quoted)

Box   5  
Steiner, Peter
Box   5  
Stolper, Wolfgang
Box   5  
Suits, Daniel
 
Minutes and Memoranda [series]
Box   6  
Executive Committee 1953-1974 (19 folders)
 
Departmental (Staff) Meetings
Box   6  
1954-1962 (6 folders)
Box   6  
1967-March 1973 (3 folders)
Box   7  
April 1973-April 1974 (4 folders)
Box   7  
Undated
 
Chairmen's Files [series]
Box   7  
Correspondence 1964-1974 (11 folders)
Box   7  
Budgets 1956-1973 (12 folders)
 
Topical Files [series]
 
Committees
Box   8  
Assignments and miscellanea 1967-1972
Box   8  
Career Advancement Committee 1968
Box   8  
Curriculum Committee 1968-1970
Box   8  
Graduate Program Committee 1968-1973
 
Faculty
 
General
Box   8  
Appointments and Schedules 1968-1970
Box   8  
Effort Reports 1966-1973
Box   8  
Merit Increases 1968-1970 (2 folders)
 
Salaries
Box   8  
1964
Box   8  
1967-1969 (2 folders)
Box   8  
Report on Salary Determination Procedures 1973
 
Miscellaneous
Box   8  
Building 1968-1972
Box   8  
Center for Research on Economic Development 1973
Box   8  
Courses 1968-1970
Box   8  
Joint Degree, Law and Economics, Grant Request 1970-1974
Box   8  
New Degrees 1972
Box   8  
Outlook Conference 1972-1973
Box   8  
Political Economy 1972
Box   8  
Political Science and Economics Degree 1970-1972
Box   8  
Population Studies Center 1967-1971
Box   8  
Program Evaluation Report 1973-1974
Box   8  
Public Policy Studies 1968-1973
Box   8  
Terminal Master's Program 1973-1974
Box   8  
Undergraduate Program 1971-1973