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COLLECTION Identifier: A-43

Papers of Elizabeth Boody Schumpeter, 1938-1953


Correspondence, articles, notes, etc., of Elizabeth Boody Schumpeter, economist, author, and expert on East Asia.


  • 1938-1953

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elizabeth Boody Schumpeter as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1.25 linear feet (3 file boxes)

This collection consists mainly of professional correspondence, with a few papers indicating her horticultural interests and family concerns.


Elizabeth Boody Schumpeter, economist and expert on East Asia, was educated at Radcliffe College, earning a B.A. in 1920, an M.A. in 1925, and a Ph.D. in 1934. From 1935 to 1940 she worked for the Bureau of International Research at Harvard University, where she directed two studies: one of English trade during the 18th century, and one on the industrialization of Japan and Manchukuo. These resulted in the publication of two books, one of them posthumous: The Industrialization of Japan and Manchukuo (1940) and English Overseas Trade Statistics, 1697-1808 (1960). She married Joseph A. Schumpeter, a fellow economist, in 1937, and until his death in 1950 assisted him with his research and writing; History of Economic Analysis (1954), which she edited, was based on Joseph A. Schumpeter's research. She also taught briefly at Vassar (1927-1928) and at Wheaton College (1938-1939, 1948-1949).

As a lecturer and author of articles on East Asian economics and politics, Schumpeter advocated a "moderate isolationist" policy in the Pacific during the years preceding World War II. She was assistant editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics. During her years at Harvard, she divided her time between Cambridge and Taconic, Connecticut, where she ran a small nursery.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 1182

This collection was received by the Schlesinger Library in July 1967 from Lucy Talcott.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Harvard University Archives; see Papers of Joseph Alois Schumpeter, 1914-1960 (HUGFP 4.xx,HUGFP 66.xx,HUGBS 276.xx).


Donor: Lucy Talcott

Accession number: 1182

Processed by: John Hopkins, December 1979

The following items have been removed from the collection and sent to Harvard University Archives, January 1980:

  1. 2 folders of Joseph A. Schumpeter papers
  2. Harvard Economic Service publications

The following items have been removed from the collection and sent to The Center for International Affairs Library, January 1980:

  1. International Statistical Institute publications

The following items have been removed from the collection and sent to Fairbank Research Center, January 1980:

  1. Duplicate periodicals re: East Asia
  2. American Institute of Pacific Relations: "A List of Scholars Available for Lectures..." 1937


  1. Box 1: 1-17
  2. Box 2: 18-45
  3. Box 3: 46-59

Processing Information

Processed: April 1981

By: Judith Avrett

Schumpeter, Elizabeth Boody. Papers of Elizabeth Boody Schumpeter, 1938-1953: A Finding Aid
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