Walter Lichtenstein papers
- Lichtenstein, Walter (Person)
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Extent3.25 linear feet (8 boxes)
The correspondence includes copies of outgoing letters as well as incoming correspondence. Subjects include the Harvard College Library; Lichtenstein’s 1930 trip to Russia; and the political and economic situation in both Germany and the United States during the 1930s and 1940s. There are a number of letters to Herbert Hoover, but no incoming correspondence from the former President. Also included are references to personal and family matters.
Lichtenstein’s writings include copies of articles and addresses on subjects ranging from library education to postwar German economic recovery. The main topics covered in the writings are banking and economic matters.
The collection includes bound volumes of minutes (1914-1951) and recommendations of the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board. The minutes are augmented by a draft report to a congressional subcommittee entitled “Draft Replies to a 1951 Questionnaire Addressed to the President of the Federal Reserve Banks by a subcommittee of the Joint Congressional Committee on the Economic Report”. A copy of a letter from Allen Sproul, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, to Representative Wright Patman, chairman of the subcommittee, dated November 14, 1951, is also included.
Biographical / Historical
In 1918, Lichtenstein left Northwestern University for the business world, becoming a foreign trade advisor at the First National Bank of Chicago. He became a vice-president of the bank in 1933 and remained in that position until his retirement in 1945. He was for many years an active member of the Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs, serving a term as president of that organization in 1933.
In 1929, Lichtenstein served as general secretary for a conference gathered at Baden-Baden to organize the Bank for International Settlements. In 1930, he traveled to Russia on behalf of the bank and the International Harvester Company. Herbert Hover asked Lichtenstein to be a delegate to the 1932 International Telecommunications Conference in Madrid, and from 1945-1947 he served under Military Governor General Lucius D. Clay as Principal Assistant to the United States Control Commission for Germany. In 1926, Lichtenstein became secretary of the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board, a post he held until 1948. In later years Lichtenstein was a consultant to International Harvester; served on the Executive Committee of the Harvard Foundation; and from 1954-1964 was an honorary curator of German History at the Harvard College Library.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Lichtenstein, Walter, 1880-1964. Walter Lichtenstein Papers, 1911-1951: A Finding Aid
- Baker Library
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