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FILE Identifier: DCMC-2014-001-000

Marshall I. Goldman Papers, 1952-2014 (inclusive), 1980-2000 (bulk)

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence (including email), memos and reports, published and unpublished writings, conference and public speaking materials, newspaper clippings and printed articles, travel records, research notes and documents, and photographs and realia. The materials are related to Goldman’s work as associate director of the Davis Center, an independent consultant on economics and the (former) Soviet Union, a professor at Wellesley College’s visiting scholar at other academic institutions, and a public intellectual, as well as to his non-academic activities as a board member, trustee, and contributor to various community organizations. They cover topics such as the Soviet/Russian economy; the oil, gas, and energy industries in Russia; foreign involvement in Soviet/Russian industries; oligarchs and politicians; and the place of Russia in global economics and politics. Of particular note are Goldman’s collected research files, containing newspaper clippings, printed articles, and notes on a number of topics related to the former Soviet Union.


  • 1952 - 2014
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 2000


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Prior appointment required for non-digital materials.

Conditions Governing Use

For restrictions on use, please consult the Librarian for the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies Collection.


97 linear feet
80 boxes

Biographical / Historical

Marshall Irwin Goldman was born in 1930 in Elgin, Illinois. He graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in economics in 1952, and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Russian Studies and Economics from Harvard University in 1956 and 1961, respectively. In 1958 he joined the faculty at Wellesley College, where he was eventually named the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Professor of Russian Economics. In addition to his role at Wellesley, Goldman first became associated with the then-named Russian Research Center in 1956, and was associate director of the Davis Center from 1975 to 2006, and acting director in 1984. His long-term collaboration with Wasserman Davis led to her continued involvement with and support of the RRC, which was renamed the Davis Center in 1996. Goldman was an internationally-known and respected economist focusing on Russian economics, politics, environmental policy, the oligarchs, foreign investment in the former USSR, and the impact of the energy industry on Russian society. He was the author of more than a dozen books on these topics, including The USSR in Crisis: The Failure of an Economic Model (1983), Lost Opportunity: Why Economic Reforms in Russia Have Not Worked(1994), and Petrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia (2008). In addition, Goldman was a frequent contributor to a number of academic and news periodicals, including Foreign Affairs, Current History, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, as well as a television and radio guest. Goldman has been recognized as a public intellectual figure and frequent guest expert on the former Soviet Union. In addition to his work for Western publications and institutions, Goldman served as a Fulbright-Hayes Lecturer at Moscow State University In 1977, contributed to Moscow News and Moscow Times, and gave lectures across Russia, Asia, and Europe. During his career, Goldman acted in a number of additional roles, including as a consultant on the former Soviet Union for the U.S. government and in private organizations; as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Economics Association; a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and as a dedicated member of his community in the town of Wellesley, Massachusetts. Goldman died in August 2017.


The material is arranged in eight series:

Series I. Wellesley College Activities, 1959-2011. Series II. Consulting and Miscellaneous Activities, 1958-2012. Series III. Conferences, Public Appearances, and Travel, 1959-2013. Series IV. Research Files, 1956-2014, undated. ---Subseries I. General Research Files. ---Subseries II. Clippings Files. Series V. Writings, 1957-2013, undated. Series VI. Correspondence and Subject Files, 1952-2014, undated. Series VII. Photographs, 1960-2009. Series VIII. Slides, 1959-1997.

Custodial History

Gift of Marshall I. Goldman and family, 2014-2018.

Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. "Marshall Goldman." Accessed on March 3, 2017.
Roberts, Sam. "Marshall I. Goldman, Expert on Russian Economy, Dies at 87." New York Times, August 10, 2017.
Wellesley College. "Kristin Butcher Named First Marshall I. Goldman Professor of Economics." Accessed on March 3, 2017.

Processing Information

Initial processing by Hugh K. Truslow and Bob Malme, 2014. Arrangement and description by Sarah Schelde, 2017. Additional processing by Stacy Engels and Michael Endick, 2018.
Goldman, Marshall I. Marshall I. Goldman Papers, 1952-2014 (inclusive), 1980-2000 (bulk) : Guide
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies Collection, H.C. Fung Library
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)

Repository Details

Part of the H.C. Fung Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University Repository

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