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SUB-GROUP Identifier: UAV 349.11

Harvard University Department of Economics general office files


These records are a central departmental file for the Department of Economics covering the administrations of Chairs Arthur Smithies and Seymour Edwin Harris as well as administrative matters preceding their chairmanships.


  • 1912-1961


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Conditions Governing Access

Harvard University records are closed for at least 50 years; records concerning personnel or students are closed for 80 years.


6.7 cubic feet (26 boxes)
These records are a central departmental file for the Department of Economics. The records cover the service of Chairs Arthur Smithies and Seymour Edwin Harris as well as administrative matters for a number of years preceding their chairmanships. Whereas their predecessor, Harold Hitchings Burbank, kept a separate set of records during his administration, Smithies and Harris appear to have overseen a period when the general office files were the only files kept or, having kept separate files, they were later integrated into one sequence by the departmental staff.

Many of the records relate to the journal Harvard Economic Studies. Folders named for individuals with an Arabic or Latin numeral next to their name are editors or contributors to this journal and the number is reference to the volume in which their work appears.

Biographical / Historical

The Harvard University Department of Economics was established in 1897 in the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences under the Division of History, Government, and Economics. Harold Hitchings Burbank (1887-1951) had considerable influence on the Department of Econcomics through the first half of the twentieth century and was succeeded as Chair by Arthur Smithies, who served from 1950 to 1955, and then by Seymour Edwin Harris who served from 1955 to 1959. Smithies again served as Chair from 1959 to 1961. In 1961, Thomas John Dunlop became chair.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from the Department of Economics, date of receipt unrecorded.

Related Materials

Related material in the Harvard University Archives includes other records of the Department of Economics beginning with call number UAV 349, especially records from chairmanship of Harold Hitchings Burbank (UAV 349.10), Papers of Seymour E. Harris (HUGFP 52), and Papers of Arthur Smithies (HUGBS 624). The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library also holds a collection of Seymour E. Harris Personal Papers.

Processing Information

This inventory was keyed by Erin Clauss and encoded and edited by Kate Bowers in May 2018. All folder titles and date information originates with the Department comes from the folders themselves. The archivists provided additions to some folder titles to provide clarity; such additions appear within in square brackets.
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Harvard University. Department of Economics. Harvard University Department of Economics general office files, 1912-1961: an inventory
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Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.

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