Guide to the Robert W. Clower Papers, circa 1916-2000 and undated
Most of the Clower papers are professional correspondence covering his entire professional career from 1949 to 1999. The professional correspondence includes recommendations for jobs, promotion and tenure letters, referee reports, invitations, a few clippings, and photographs. The collection also includes manuscript drafts and manuscript fragments of his writings and the writings of other colleagues; course materials, including lecture notes, syllabi, coursepaks, student papers, reading lists, exams, two cassettes, and course grades; printed materials such as articles, journals, and one bound typescript of a book.
Topics covered in the collection include monetary theory, price theory, price determination, disequilibrium, stock-flow analysis, Keynesian economics, macroeconomics, Say's Law, banking, mathematical economics, and the teaching of economics. The collection does not contain a complete set of drafts of Clower's writings. Many of the writings are untitled typescripts and fragments of notes; thus, the researcher may need to identify some writings.
The professional correspondence includes many prominent names of 20th century economics: Milton Friedman, John R. Hicks, Peter Howitt, Arjo Klamer, David Laidler, Axel Leijonhufvud, Don Patinkin, Joan Robinson, Paul Samuelson, and others. Duke University faculty are represented in the Clower papers by Craufurd Goodwin, Neil DeMarchi, and Roy Weintraub. Also included are:
Some writings included in the collection are:
There are several untitled typescripts and groups of notes on the following topics:
"The Keynesian Counter-Revolution: A Theoretical Appraisal" (1965), perhaps Clower's most influential paper, does not appear to be in the collection. Reprinted in his own collection of readings in Monetary Theory (1969), drafts of this paper may appear under a different title or in folders on monetary theory. The collection does include clearly labeled 1966 typescripts and notes for the book on monetary theory.
This unprocessed addition to the collection primarily includes professional correspondence and typescripts of several articles written by Clower. No container list was created. (1991-1998) (400 items) (.80 linear feet) (acc#1999-0352)
This unprocessed addition contains files relating to a 1979 antitrust suit (U.S. vs. Kerkorian), and professional correspondence with colleagues and students, primarily from 1999. No container list was created. (1979-1999) (250 items) (.4 linear feet) (acc#2000-0095)
This unprocessed addition to the collection includes primarily writings by Clower (circa 1600 items, 1952-2000 and undated). Includes copies of his 1952 thesis, copies of published articles and unpublished writings (especially from the 1950s), and lectures. A number of items were written with Peter Howitt of Ohio State University. Also included are a few items of correspondence; materials related to courses taught by Clower, including two electronic documents; a file of curriculum vitae and other biographical information, including one color photograph and two electronic image files; two copies of John Maynard Keynes's THE GENERAL THEORY OF EMPLOYMENT INTEREST AND MONEY annotated by Clower; and a few diplomas and awards. Several files of writings and speeches by Clower's father, the economist F. W. (Fay Walter) Clower, are also included (200 items, circa 1916-circa 1946). The electronic files have been migrated to the electronic records server. No container list for this addition has been created. (1916-2000) (1800 items) (3 linear feet) (acc#2001-0088)
- Moses Abramowitz
- Jess Benhabib
- Clive Bull
- David Colander
- Paul Davidson
- Frank Hahn
- John Haltiwanger
- Tom Hazlett
- Roger Kormendi
- Larry Kotlikoff
- Robert Solow
- Sir Alan Walters
- On the Microdynamics of Price Determination in N-Seller Markets, 1956, (published 1958). The collection includes the "master copy" of the paper.
- Introduction to Mathematical Economics with D. W. Bushaw (1957). The collection includes a bound typescript of the book.
- Stock-Flow Analysis, published 1968. The collection contains the "master copy" of this paper.
- The Coordination of Economic Activities ( American Economic Review, 1975.) The collection contains notes for this paper.
- Keynes and the Classics Revisited, published 1988.
- Price theory, price determination, and disequilibrium
- Keynes and Keynesian economics
- Monetary theory
- Say's Law
- Robert W. Clower Papers, circa 1916-2000 and undated
- Clower, Robert W.
- 12.2 Linear Feet, 7255 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
- For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
- Professional Correspondence in Alphabetical Order Series (RESTRICTED)
- Professional Correspondence by Date Series, 1954-1999 (RESTRICTED)
- Professional Correspondence by Name Series (RESTRICTED)
- Biographical Material Series, 1959-1992
- Writings Series, 1949-1999 and undated
- Teaching Materials Series, 1967-1991
- Printed Material Series, 1957-1998
Restrictions apply to some parts of the Robert W. Clower papers.
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Letters of reference and letters of promotion and tenure are filed under the name of the subject of the letter. Many letters are also filed under the name of the author or recipient of the letter. There are three sets of correspondence filed alphabetically, as they were received from Professor Clower. Names cited once may have more than one letter within a folder, and the letters are not necessarily together within a folder. Letters of reference are often accompanied by a C.V. Some letters are attached to journal articles or drafts of papers.
Mostly contains professional correspondence organized in folders roughly by date (usually by month or year). Contains restricted or sensitive material such as letters of reference, and correspondence on promotion and tenure. The correspondence also includes referee reports and discussion of Clower's and others' writings. In some cases, typescripts or reprints of papers are attached to correspondence.
Chiefly correspondence to Clower, sometimes with drafts and other notes attached; arranged in alphabetical order by last name.
Correspondence, clippings, photographs, curriculum vitae, and other materials that relate to Clower's personal and professional life. Arranged in random order, as received.
Handwritten notes, typescripts, printed articles, and book drafts mostly by Clower and some by others. Note that some writings, particularly writings by others, are included in the Professional Correspondence series when journal articles or drafts of articles are attached to correspondence.
Many folders contain writings on various topics, in random order as originally received. Many of the writings are fragments, are untitled, or may have a different title in the draft stage than when published; therefore it is difficult to determine all the papers that are not represented in the collection. One of Professor Clower's most important essays, "The Keynesian Counter-Revolution: A Theoretical Appraisal" (1965), does not appear to be represented.
The Writings Series is organized by date of the earliest writing within the folder.
Examinations, reading lists, coursepaks, and other materials from classes taught by Clower at Northwestern, UCLA, and other institutions. Arranged by topic, or in random order, as received originally.
Books, articles, and lectures by Clower and others. Arranged by year.
|1926, Feb. 13||Born in Pullman, Washington (the day Francis Ysidro Edgeworth, the great economist, died), son of F. W. Clower (Professor of Economics at Washington State University) and Mary V. Clower|
|1943||Graduated from Pullman High School, 52nd out of 54 on academic honors list|
|1943||Joined army. Thirty-one months of army service|
|1946, Jan. 7||Married Frances Hepburn (of Aberdeen, Scotland) in Wiesbaden, Germany|
|1946||Returned to the U.S. and entered Washington State Univ. at Pullman as a freshman in summer session, 1946|
|1948, April||Father died|
|1948||Graduated B.A. Economics with highest honors from Pullman. Elected Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi scholastic honors. Began teaching economics at Pullman in senior year following the death of his father|
|1948-1949||Completed MA in Economics at Pullman|
|1949-1952||Took up residence in Oxford as Rhodes Scholar. Researched under John R. Hicks. Earned Bachelor of Letter, Economics, Oxford University, 1952 (retitled Master of Letters, 1978)|
|1950-1952||Assistant Tutor, New College, Oxford|
|1952-1957||Assistant Professor of Economics, Washington State University|
|1954||Publication of "Price Determination in a Stock-Flow Economy" (with D. W. Bushaw), Economometrica July 1954|
|1954-1956||Visiting Professor of Economics, University of Punjab, Lahore, West Pakistan|
|1957||Publication of Introduction to Mathematical Economics with D. W. Bushaw|
|1958-1964||Chairman, Department of Economics, Northwestern University|
|1960||Publication of "On the Invariance of the Demand for Cash and Other Assets" with M. L. Burstein, Review of Economic Studies, October, 1960|
|1961-1962||Director, Economic Survey of Liberia|
|1962||Visitor to Faculty of Economics, Cambridge University, Michaelmas Term|
|1963-1966||Editorial Board, The American Economic Review|
|1965||Publication of "The Keynesian Counter-Revolution: A Theoretical Appraisal," in The Theory of Interest Rates (Hahn and Brechling, eds.)|
|1965, Summer||Visiting Professor of Economics, Makerere College, Kampala, Uganda|
|1965-1966||John Maynard Keynes Visiting Professor of Economics, University of Essex|
|1966||Publication of Growth Without Development, an Economic Survey of Liberia|
|1967, December||Publication of "A Reconsideration of the Microfoundations of Monetary Theory" ( Western Economic Journal)|
|1968-1969||Dean, School of Social Studies and Professor of Economics, University of Essex|
|1971-1986||Professor of Economics, UCLA|
|1972||Visiting Professor, Monash University, Summer|
|1972||Microeconomics, (an intermediate textbook) with J. F. Due|
|1973, October||Visiting Professor, Bank of Italy Research Staff Seminar, Perugia, Italy|
|1973-1980||Managing Editor, Economic Inquiry|
|1974, March||Visiting Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Vienna, Austria|
|1974 and 1977, Fall||Visiting Professor, University of Western Ontario|
|1976||Legally separated from first wife Frances (Hepburn) Clower|
|1978-1980||Adjunct Professor, Washington State University|
|1978-||Honorary Fellow, Brasenose College, Oxford|
|1979?||Married Georgene (?)|
|1981-1985||Managing Editor, The American Economic Review|
|1982, Summer||Visiting Professor, University of Canterbury (Christchurch, N.Z.)|
|1985, March||Visiting Professor, University of Siena|
|1985, Spring||Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor, Carleton College|
|1986-||Hugh C. Lane Professor of Economic Theory, University of South Carolina|
|1987, June||Visiting Professor, University of Orleans (France)|
|1987-||Professor Emeritus, UCLA|
|1999, Feb. 24||Death of first wife Frances Hepburn Clower|
- Clower, Robert W.
- Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)-Faculty
- University of South Carolina-Faculty
- University of California, Los Angeles-Faculty
- College teachers-Correspondence
- Economics-History-20th century
- Economics-Study and teaching (Higher)-United States
- Economists-United States-Correspondence
- College teachers-United States
- Equilibrium (Economics)
- Monetary theory
- Say's Law
- Keynesian economics
[Identification of item], Robert W. Clower Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
The papers of Robert W. Clower, noted American economist, were received as a gift from Robert W. Clower to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1992-2001.
Processed by Kirk White
Completed June 25, 1999
Processing Note: The papers are organized roughly according to date. Many folders were received from Professor Clower with papers of wide-ranging dates in the same folder. For example, there is a folder with a paper from 1958 and another paper from 1976. In general, the Writings Series is ordered by the earliest date in each folder. For example, a folder with papers from 1958 to 1986 is placed between folders from 1957 and 1959. Many of the folders received from Professor Clower contained writings on widely divergent topics. For example, one folder contains a 1966 study of Liberian economy and a 1972 "Reflection on the Keynesian Perplex." In an attempt to preserve the integrity of folders received from Professor Clower, folders were not organized by topic, but only by date as described above.
Additions minimally processed at box level by Lisa Stark and Ruth E. Bryan.
Last updated July 10, 2001.
Encoded by Lisa Stark and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico
This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.