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Alvin Roth papers, 1960s-2000 20.1 Linear Feet — 15075 Items

Roth is the George Gund Professor of Economics and Business Administration at Harvard University. His research interests include game theory, experimental economics, and market design. He won the Nobel Prize in 2012. Collection includes correspondence files, writings and research, writings by other economists, and some teaching material.

The collection offers a wealth of information from Roth's early career at the University of Pittsburgh, including his research and correspondence from that period, as well as drafts of some of his well-cited articles and writings. Approximately one-half of the material lies in the Correspondence and Working Papers series. This portion of the collection, arranged alphabetically by correspondent, includes professional correspondence as well as many drafts of scholarly articles. This arrangement replicates Roth's original filing system, which offers insight into his correspondence style and methodology for economics collaboration. Notable correspondents include Roy Weintraub, Robert Aumann, Ido Erev, Uriel Rothblum, and many more. Also included are various subject files, including Winner's Curse, Matching, and Learning.

Another notable component of the collection is Roth's Writings and Research, which includes both working drafts of Roth's own as well as data printouts and other components of his work in game theory and its real-world applications. These files have been grouped by article and are loosely arranged by date. Each article's co-writers or collaborators are noted if known.

The Writings by Others series has some overlap with the Correspondence and Working Drafts series, but for the most part the former includes only the article from Roth's fellow economists, without the collaborative or feedback aspect present in the latter series.

Roth's Teaching and Coursework series includes lecture notes as well as tools such as transparencies used during his economics lectures. Roth's own coursework at Stanford is also present, including notes, exams, syllabi, and lectures on topics such as microeconomics, competitive strategies, game theory, and choice theory.

Finally, the Grant Materials series is arranged by grant application, with each file including application materials, correspondence, reports, and finances relating to the grant.


E. Roy Weintraub papers, 1930-2022, bulk dates 1968-2022 15.5 Linear Feet — 12 boxes. — 1.5 Gigabytes — Six sets.

E. Roy Weintraub (b. 1943) is Professor Emeritus of Economics and a Fellow at the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University. This collection primarily documents his professional life through his correspondence, writings, research, and professional service. Forms part of the Economists' Papers Archive.

The E. Roy Weintraub Papers are arranged into five series: Correspondence, Conferences and Organizations, Writings, Research and Notes, and Academia.

The collection documents Weintraub's career as a historian of economics and mathematics and professor and administrator at Duke University. It provides an overview of his professional activities, particularly his research and writings on the history of economics and his roles in the history of economics scholarly community and at Duke (including his involvement with the History of Economics Society and the journal History of Political Economy).

The collection also documents his communications with prominent economists as research subjects such as Kenneth Arrow, Gerard Debreu, and Lionel McKenzie. Included in Weintraub's communications are exchanges with prominent figures in the history of economics and related scholarly communities such as Roger Backhouse, Bradley Bateman, Anthony Brewer, Arjo Klamer, Mary Morgan, Deirdre McCloskey, and Philip Mirowski.

Besides paper records, the collection also includes three audio cassettes (Weintraub's interview with Debreu) and hundreds of born digital electronic records, which are the contents of one email account and one other file transfer. These files are mostly correspondence and writings.


Jim Friedman papers, 1962-1965 1.5 Linear Feet — 9 Items

Economist and Kenan Professor of Economics emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Accession (2010-0001) (9 items; 1.5 lin. ft.; dated 1962-1965) consists of research and experiment notes relating to 1960s economics experiments in games and game theory. Also includes Friedman's dissertation, The Theory of Oligopoly.

Accession (2010-0001) includes research notes and results from game theory experiments conducted by Friedman in the 1960s. These are held in hardback folders and sorted by date, beginning with a games experiment in 1962 and ending in 1965. His dissertation, "Theory of Oligopoly," is also included. Friedman has also provided his C.V. with some parts circled, reflecting which articles resulted from the experiments present in the collection.


Leonid Hurwicz papers, 1917-2008, bulk dates 1951-1999 115 Linear Feet — 250 document boxes, one half-size document box, two legal-size document boxes, and one half-size legal-size document box. — 7.6 Gigabytes — One set.

Leonid Hurwicz (1917-2008) was Regents' Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Minnesota and recipient of the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on mechanism design. This collection contains his personal and professional correspondence, personal files documenting his immigration to the United States, and files related to his writings, research, professional service, and teaching. Forms part of the Economists' Papers Archive.

Types of material in this collection include manuscripts and drafts of published papers by Hurwicz and others, typed and handwritten correspondence and notes with mathematical content, printed documents such as working papers, and a small set of annotated books. There are also 18 floppy discs, three optical discs (two DVDs), and one email account, the contents of which have all been transferred to a server and are available. One optical disc contains three backups of Hurwicz's computer with correspondence, writings, research, and teaching material.

The bulk of the collection is in the Writings series and the Research and Notes series, which contain many collaborations and exchanges with other economists, most prominently Kenneth Arrow, Thomas Marschak, Roy Radner, Stanley Reiter, Marcel Richter, Donald Saari, and Hirofumi Uzawa. Hurwicz knew and corresponded with many other economists, mainly those working in the fields of mathematical economics, welfare economics, and institutional economics. He annotated many of the working papers that were sent to him throughout his life by other economists, such as Theodore Bergstrom, Jerry Green, Philip Hartman, Eric Maskin, William Thompson, and Jan Werner.

Recurring subjects include econometrics, the stability of general equilibrium, the integrability of demand functions, decision-making under uncertainty, welfare economics, game theory and incentive theory, and the development of mechanism design. Hurwicz contributed many papers in these fields, and there are also files that show his interest in the transition toward market economies in China, Russia, and Eastern European countries during the 1980s-1990s.

In addition to Hurwicz's writings and research, the collection also follows his professional activities as a teacher and faculty member at the University of Minnesota in the Economics Department. There is correspondence with colleagues such as John Chipman and Vernon Ruttan and with former students such as Tatsuyoshi Saijo, as well as meeting minutes and committee material. A number of files concern his work with outside groups such as the Cowles Commission, the RAND Corporation, the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Finally, some files document his presentations at seminars, workshops, and conferences, as well as his other travels to invited lectures, award ceremonies, and other presentations.


Martin Shubik papers, 1938-2022, bulk dates 1944-2018 211 Linear Feet — 166 record cartons, eight letter-size document boxes, and one electronic records box. — 0.2 Gigabytes — One set.

Martin Shubik (1926-2018) was Seymour H. Knox Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Institutional Economics at Yale University, where he specialized in game theory, defense analysis, and the theory of money and financial institutions. This collection primarily documents his professional life through his correspondence, writings, research, teaching, and professional service. It forms part of the Economists' Papers Archive.

The Martin Shubik Papers are arranged into seven series: Audiovisual, Correspondence, Professional Service, Research and Notes, Writings, Academia, and Personal.

The most common types of material include correspondence; presentation material and proposals; memoranda and reports; referee reports; class and research notes; drafts, proofs, and reprints; course syllabi, lecture notes, and assignments; and activity reports and recommendations. There is also audiovisual material (audio reels and CDs) and electronic records, the latter of which have been transferred to a server and are available.

The primary subjects are general equilibrium, game theory, the core, oligopoly and market structure, defense and war game analysis, nuclear deterrence, behavior and risk, financial institutions, and money. These subjects are especially visible in the Writings series, which contains the greatest amount of material.

The most frequent correspondents include Kenneth Arrow, Gerard Debreu, Milton Friedman, Oskar Morgenstern (dissertation supervisor), John Nash, Paul Samuelson, Herbert Scarf, and Lloyd Shapley (main collaborator). There are also 16 folders of personal correspondence in the Personal series.

Oskar Morgenstern (1902-1977), born Carl Friedrich Alfred Oskar Morgenstern, was an economist, university professor, and author in Austria and the U.S. Collection consists of correspondence, diaries, subject files, printed material, audiovisual material, manuscript and printed writings and their supporting papers, and biographical and bibliographical information about his career and publications. The collection principally concerns Morgenstern's work as an economic theorist, university professor, author and lecturer, and consultant to business and government.

The papers of Oskar Morgenstern, who is associated with the Austrian school of economics, span the years 1866-1992, although the bulk of the materials date from 1917 to 1977. They consist of correspondence, diaries, subject files, printed material, audiovisual material, manuscript and printed writings and their supporting papers, and biographical and bibliographical information about his career and publications. The collection principally concerns Morgenstern's work as an economic theorist, university professor, author and lecturer, and consultant to business and government.

The first two decades of Morgenstern's career as an economist, the 1920s and 1930s, were associated with the University of Vienna where he was educated and was a faculty member until his emigration to the United States in 1938. He published major books about economic forecasting (1928) and the limits of economics (1934) and numerous other writings in which the subjects of business cycles, prices, the depression of the 1930s, economic conditions in Europe and America, currency and exchange, and economic history and theory are prominent. Information about them is scattered throughout the Correspondence, Writings and Speeches, and Subject Files Series. Morgenstern's interests and correspondents were international, although principally European and American. A considerable part of the correspondence and writings during these years, and all of the diaries, are written in German. English is also prominent, and other languages also occur.

Morgenstern's output of publications during the 1940s, his first decade at Princeton University, was less extensive than in the 1930s, but he and John von Neumann published their classic Theory of Games and Economic Behavior in 1944. As Princeton editor Sanford G. Thatcher wrote in 1987, in sheer intellectual influence, it probably has stimulated more creative thinking, in a wider variety of fields of scholarship, than any other single book Princeton University Press has published. Information about this book and subsequent international developments in game theory pervades the Correspondence, Subject Files, and Writings and Speeches Series until Morgenstern's death. The elaboration of game theory was not only theoretical but also practical, and Morgenstern's writings and projects illustrate its applications, especially in U.S. military and foreign policy during the Cold War.

The Writings and Speeches Series, including the diaries, and the Subject Files Series are extensive for the 1940s as they are for the later decades of Morgenstern's career. The Correspondence Series, however, is extensive only for the 1920s, 1930s, and 1970s. Part of his correspondence apparently did not survive. However, Morgenstern routinely placed letters and other material in his files for subjects and writings, and many letters are to be found there. There are a number of letters for some correspondents, but extensive correspondence with an individual is not characteristic of this collection. A person's letters may be filed in more than one chronological group of correspondence.

Morgenstern published prolifically during the 1950s to 1970s. His major books focused on accuracy in economics (1950), organization (1951), national defense (1958), international finance and business cycles (1959), the peaceful uses of underground nuclear explosions (1967), stock market prices (1970), political, economic, and military forecasting (1973), and expanding and contracting economies in various societies (1976). These books and numerous articles and reviews reveal his interest in economic theory, international economic problems, and the application of mathematics and economics to public policy problems. The Writings and Speeches, Subject Files, and Correspondence Series document many of his publications and such topics as the Cold War, nuclear issues, military and naval affairs (especially the U.S. Navy), defense, space, economic analysis, game theory, the stock market, business cycles, mathematics and economics, statistical validity, and his work with John von Neumann, Martin Shubik, Friedrich A. von Hayek, Gottfried Haberler, Antonio de Viti de Marco, Eveline Burns, Gerald L. Thompson, N. N. Vorob'ev, and others.

Morgenstern taught at Princeton until his retirement in 1970 when be began teaching at New York University, and both schools are represented, particularly in the Subject Files Series. These files and the Writings and Speeches Series document his relationship with public and private organizations, especially the Office of Naval Research, the Rand Corporation, various foundations and scholarly societies, and Mathematica, a consulting firm that did contract work for government and business. Morgenstern was co-founder of Mathematica. The Mathematica Series contains correspondence, memos, policy reports, project proposals, and research papers. The institutions that are often mentioned include NASA, Office of Naval Research, and Sandia Corporation. Topics, among others, relate to analysis of military conflicts, economics of the space program, management research, or peaceful use of nuclear energy. Some materials related to Mathematica Series are still scattered across the rest of the collection.

Morgenstern habitually incorporated into his files pertinent thoughts or information that might be useful for later consideration. Consequently, the Subject Files and Writings and Speeches Series often include letters, memoranda, lecture notes, writings by others, mathematics, printed material, and other Items. Thus, a file for a topic or publication in 1963 may contain relevant dated material from other years and decades.

The diaries, 1917-1977, are relatively complete, but Morgenstern did not write daily or every month. There are significant gaps: 1918-1920; Feb.-May 1938; March 1946-Jan. 1947; and Sept. 1951-Feb. 1952. Shorter gaps also occur in April-May 1924, Sept. 1925; June-July 1948; and April 1949. The diaries are in the Writings and Speeches Series.

Morgenstern's library of printed material was donated to New York University.

Addition (06-067) (2452 items, 13.5 lin. ft.; dated 1935-1976) contains primarily published works by Morgenstern and his major co-authors such as John von Neumann and Gerald L. Thompson in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German arranged in alphabetical order. Important works contained in this series include typed manuscript portions of Theory of Games and Economic Behavior with annotations, draft chapters of the Question of National Defense, Long Term Planning with Models of Static and Dynamic Open Expanding Economies, the Mathematica Economic Analysis of the Space Shuttle System and some correspondence, as well as supporting documentation and statistics. There are also three audiotape reels with Morgenstern's lectures.


Raymond C. Battalio and John B. Van Huyck papers, 1972-2014 and undated 97.5 Linear Feet — 65 boxes — 150 Gigabytes

Raymond C. Battalio (1938-2004) and John B. Van Huyck (1956-2014) were experimental economists and worked together as professors of economics at Texas A & M University. This collection consists of their correspondence, research, writings, and experiment files.

The Raymond C. Battalio and John B. Van Huyck Papers document their careers as economists at Texas A & M University. The collection provides an overview of their professional activities, particularly their work as experimental economists and influential figures in developing the field of experimental economics during the 1990s. The papers of Battalio and Van Huyck are combined as one collection given their close working relationship. Their joint work focused on a series of experiments showing the likeliness of coordination failures even when incentives guide participants to attempt to coordinate, the aim being to highlight the difficulty of economic coordination. Experiments by Battalio and Van Huyck include studies of the emergence of conventions, numerous coordination games, and peasant-dictator games, among others.

The collection also includes Battlaio and Van Huyck's communications with other prominent contributors to experimental economics such as Colin Camerer, Charles Holt, John Kagel, Thomas Palfrey, Ariel Rubinstein, Alvin Roth, Larry Samuelson, and Vernon Smith, among others.

Along with their own scholarship and writings, the collection documents Battalio and Van Huyck's roles in the Economic Science Association and Van Huyck's as an editor of Experimental Economics; and Battalio and Van Huyck's department roles, committee work, and teaching contributions in economics at Texas A & M.

Extensive digital materials from Battalio and Van Huyck's experiments are also included in the collection. Original naming conventions and file structures in the digital materials are preserved where possible.


Vernon L. Smith papers, 1938-2019 238 Linear Feet — 190 record cartons. — 3.3 Gigabytes — Three sets.

Vernon Lomax Smith (b. 1927) is Professor of Economics and Law at Chapman University and recipient of the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on economic decision making. This collection primarily documents his professional life through his correspondence, writings, research, teaching, and professional service. It forms part of the Economists' Papers Archive.

The Vernon L. Smith Papers are arranged into six series: Correspondence, Personal, Print Material, Professional Service, Research and Writings, and Teaching.

The bulk of the papers reside in Research and Writings, which contains extensive files of his research notes, reprints, and revisions of working papers by himself and others with annotations. Broadly speaking, these files document important developments in experimental economics and his contributions to this field of study. Primary subjects include the development of a methodology for experimental economics; the implementation of experimental economics into the studies of asset trading, capital investment, game theory, environmental economics, price behavior, strategic decision making, and utilities; and the behavior toward, as well as the psychology behind, economic decisions. Print Materials includes reprints of journal articles by him on similar topics, many of which are also available through the library catalog.

Correspondence contains primarily professional communications concerning comments on his work by other economists, comments on other economists' work (dating from his days editing for several journals), and academic affairs (including recommendations and planning for classes and seminars). The contents of two emails accounts have been transferred and are available, and they contain tens of thousands of messages.

Professional Service and Teaching follow his activities as a faculty member at the universities of Purdue, Brown, Massachusetts, Arizona, George Mason, and Chapman; his roles with organizations such as the National Science Foundation, National Academy of Science, and the Journal of Economic Behavior; and his domestic and international consulting on utility regulation.