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COLLECTION Identifier: 2013-M132--2018-M133

Papers of Marina von Neumann Whitman, 1946-2013


Speeches, correspondence, other professional papers, and some personal papers of economist Marina von Neumann Whitman.


  • Creation: 1946-2013

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Marina von Neumann Whitman is held by Marina von Neumann Whitman during her lifetime. Upon her death, copyright will be transferred to the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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.


19 linear feet (19 cartons)

Collection consists of personal and professional correspondence, biographical information, datebooks, a journal, photographs, clippings, etc. Also memos, correspondence, clippings, speeches and testimony from her years at the Council of Economic Advisers; and speeches, reports, photographs, etc., from her work at General Motors.


Economist and professor, Marina von Neumann Whitman (b. 1935) grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, the only child of Marietta and John von Neumann, world-renowned mathematician, inventor of game theory, and computer pioneer. Educated at Radcliffe College (BA 1956) and Columbia University (PhD 1962). Whitman was the first woman appointed to the president's Council of Economic Advisers in 1972. She also served as vice-president and chief economist of General Motors (1979-1985) and as group vice-president of public affairs (1985-1992). She is a professor of business administration and public policy at the University of Michigan's Rose School of Business and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Married to Robert Whitman, a professor of English, she has two children.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2013-M132, 2018-M55, 2018-M133

The papers of Marina von Neumann Whitman were given to the Schlesinger Library by Marina von Neumann Whitman between July 2013 and August 2018.

Processing Information

Container list

By: Jeff Warner.

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This container list provides a basic inventory and description of the Whitman papers. More extensive processing work may be undertaken in the future.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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