Bruno Foa papers, 1927-2005

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Foa, Bruno
Bruno Foa (1905-1999) was a professor of economics and an economic advisor and consultant. This collection primarily documents his professional life through his correspondence, writings, and professional activities. It forms part of the Economists' Papers Archive.
3.5 Linear Feet (Three boxes and one oversize folder.)
Material in English and Italian.
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Scope and content:

This collection contains Foa's published and unpublished writings; files and correspondence from positions he held including his term as a fellow at Princeton University (1940-1942), as Director of the Bureau of Latin American Research (1941-1943), on the Federal Reserve Board, as a consultant for other economics projects, and as professor and guest lecturer at several Universities; a memoir by Foa; his biography of the Foa family; and personal correspondence among his family members, travel documents, and memos about the destination during trips to Italy, Jerusalem, Spain, South America and Somalia.

Biographical / historical:

Bruno Foa (1905-1999) was a white Italian-born, Jewish economist, lawyer, consultant, and professor. Educated in Italy as an economist and lawyer, he became Italy's youngest full professor of economics at age 28. In 1937, he married Lisa Haimann, a refugee from Munich, and they moved to London in 1938. While in London, he worked for the British Broadcasting Company, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, and guest lectured at the London School of Economics.

In 1940, Foa moved his family to the United States. He began work at Princeton University on a Rockefeller Foundation Grant and later moved to Washington, DC, where he worked for the Rockefeller Foundation, the Office of Inter-American Affairs, the Bureau of Latin American Affairs and the Federal Reserve Board.

In 1945, Foa settled in New York City and became an economic consultant focusing on Italian reconstruction and economic development after World War II. During this time, he published his book on Italian monetary reconstruction and wrote many articles in both American and Italian journals about financial development. He taught at Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania, among many other guest lecturer positions.

Foa's work afforded him the opportunity to travel many times to Europe, especially Italy, and other destinations around the globe, including Jerusalem, Somalia, and South America. In Europe and America, he encountered, knew, and worked with a variety of people from a wide range of professions: economists, writers, architects, businessmen, politicians, labor leaders, and Zionists.

Acquisition information:
The Bruno Foa papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library as a gift in 2006.
Processing information:

Accessioned by John Mayrose, December 2007.

Processed by Victoria Eastman, 2014.

Encoded by Victoria Eastman and Meghan Lyon, February 2014.

Accession described in this collection guide: 2006-0102.


The Bruno Foa papers are arranged into six series: Correspondence, Professional Activities, Travel, Writings, Printed Material, and Photographs.

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[Identification of item], Bruno Foa papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University.