John S. Chipman papers, 1948-2014

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Chipman, John Somerset, 1926-2022
John Chipman (1926-1922) was Regents' Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Minnesota. This collection documents his professional life through his correspondence, writings, research, and professional activities. It was acquired as part of the Economists' Papers Archive.
15.5 Linear Feet (11 boxes.)
Material in English.
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Scope and content:

This collection consists of Chipman's writings, correspondence, and teaching and event material. Prominent themes include international trade, with extensive research on West Germany during the Cold War; linear programming; welfare economics; econometrics; the writings and impact of Vilfredo Pareto; and Chipman's collaborations and friendships with other economists.

The range of Chipman's research and writings are represented in the Writings series. Files typically include drafts and published versions (usually offprints), as well as occasional correspondence and notes by him documenting the development of the paper or essay.

The Name Files series includes correspondence, writings, notes, and subject files that document Chipman's professional relationships with publishers, professional organizations, and other economists, especially Leonid Hurwicz, James C. Moore, Tjalling Koopmans, Paul Samuelson, Eugen Slutsky, and Ragnar Frisch.

Finally, the Engagements series includes Chipman's course files with lecture notes, exams, and reading lists, as well as event files from conferences, workshops, and awards over the course of his career.

Biographical / historical:

John Somerset Chipman (1926-1922) was a white Canadian-American academic economist who was born in Montreal, Canada. He received a PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 1951 and taught at the University of Minnesota from 1955 until his retirement as Regents' Professor in 2007. He studied econometrics, international trade, welfare economics, and the history of economic throught.

Acquisition information:
The John S. Chipman papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library as gifts in 2016 and 2022.
Processing information:

Processed by Kevin Bao and Meghan Lyon, 2017; Leah Tams, April 2022.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2016-0065 and 2022-0043.


The John S. Chipman papers are arranged into three series: Name Files, Writings, and Engagements.

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