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Collection Guide to the Bruno Foa Papers, 1927-2005

Abstract

Italian-born economist, lawyer, consultant, and professor.

Collection contains Foa’s published and unpublished writings; files and correspondence from positions he held including his term as a fellow at Princeton University (1940-1942), as Director of the Bureau of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.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Foa, Bruno.
Title
Bruno Foa papers 1927-2005
Language of Material
English, Italian
Extent
3.5 Linear Feet, 2500 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection contains Foa’s published and unpublished writings; files and correspondence from positions he held including his term as a fellow at Princeton University (1940-1942), as Director of the Bureau of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.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Professional correspondence contains letters from persons and economists in Europe and America, notably Irving Fischer, Gustav Cassel, Wesley Mitchell, Achille Loria, Luigi Einaudi, Dennis Robertson, Lionel Robbins, Friedrich von Hayek, Piero Sraffa and others. Contents mostly concern writings and introductions when Foa moved from Italy to London and later to America. Personal correspondence is mostly with his wife and family.

Professional correspondence, with written note about letters by Foa, 1927-1995
(5 folders)
Box 1
Professional correspondence with Riccardo Faucci, 1990
Box 1
Personal correspondence, 1930-1960
(2 folders)
Box 1

Professional materials consists of documents concerning Burno Foa's professional career as an economist. Documents are included from his time as a fellow at Princeton University (1940-1942), Director of the Bureau of Latin American Research (1941-1943), member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Board (1944-1945), as a guest lecturer at Yale and other universities, and as a consultant for the UN, the Italian Embassy in Washington, the Board of Economic Warfare and others.

Princeton university, 1939-1941
Box 1
Princeton, edited Italian manuscript, n.d.
Box 1
Latin American affairs, correspondence, 1941-1943
Box 1
Latin American affairs, memos, 1941-1943
Box 1
Latin American affairs, confidential memos, 1941-1943
Box 1
Latin American affairs, confidential booklets, 1942-1943
Box 1
Guest lectures, 1938-1944
Box 1
Federal reserve board, reports and correspondence, 1944-1945
Box 1
Yale university, lectures and correspondence, 1949-1953
Box 1
Economic consulting, memos, speeches, and reports, 1948-1956
Box 1
Newspaper and magazine clippings, n.d.
Box 1

Travel, 1946-1960

(10 folders)

During his professional career, Foa traveled to Jerusalem, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Somalia and throughout Europe. Folders contain mostly personal correspondence and travel documents, but where otherwise noted also contain reports and observations of his destinations.

Italy and Israel,correspondence, 1946
Box 1
Italy and Israel, travel documents and writings, 1946
Box 1
Italy, correspondence, 1948
Box 1
Italy, correspondence and travel documents, 1952
Box 2
Spain and Italy, correspondence and hotel opening announcements, 1953
Box 2
Israel and Europe, 1954
(2 folders)
Box 2
South America, 1954-1958
Box 2
Mission to Somalia, reports, 1960
Box 2
Mission to Somalia, correspondence, 1960
Box 2

Writings includes drafts, notes, and outlines of published and unpublished works written by Bruno Foa. In some instances, the files contain reviews and responses to his work from other economists.

Personal information, biography, resume, timeline of life, n.d.
Box 2
Monetary Reconstruction in Italy, reviews, correspondence, 1949
Box 2
Harper's articles, submissions and drafts, 1949-1951
Box 2
Marshall Revisited in the Age of DNA, Journal of Post-Keynesian Economics, drafts, 1982
Box 2
Recollections of Augusto Graziani, notes and correspondence, 1984
Box 2
The Foa family biography, drafts and notes, 1985
Box 2
Memoir, Rite of Passage, notes and drafts in Italian, 1986
Box 2
Memoir, Rite of Passage, two edited drafts in Italian, 1984
Box 2
Memoir, Rite of Passage, drafts in English, 1989
Box 2
Italy and the Italians, outline and drafts, 1987
Box 2
Miscellaneous writings, English, n.d.
Box 2
Miscellaneous writings, Italian, n.d.
Box 2

Printed materials contains published works by Foa and others in both English and Italian. This series contains complete journals as well as stand alone articles.

The World in 1952: Some Predictions, American Psychological Association, collected by Hadley Cantril, 1943
Box 2
Harper's magazine, Foa's published article and letters to the editor, 1949
Box 2
Monetary Construction in Italy, published copy in English, 1949
Box 2
Miscellaneous loose articles, 1930-1960
Box 2
Published articles and journals written by Foa, English, 1939-1953
Box 2
Published articles and journals written by Foa, Italian, 1927-1990
(2 folders)
Box 3
Published articles and journals written by others, English and Italian, 1935-2005
(2 folders)
Box 3

Photographs of Bruno and Lisa Foa and friends.

Photos, 1928-1968
Box 3

Historical Note

Bruno Foa (1905-1999) was an Italian-born, Jewish economist, lawyer, consultant, and professor. Educated in Italy as an economist and lawyer, Foa 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, Foa 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 D.C. 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 he settled in New York City where he 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.

His 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 eminent men and women from a wide range of professions: economists, writers, architects, businessmen, politicians, labor leaders, and Zionists. His papers include his correspondence and works collected over 65 years.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The Bruno Foa papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2006.

Processing Information

Accessioned by John Mayrose, December 2007; Processed by Victoria Eastman, 2014.

Encoded by Victoria Eastman, Meghan Lyon, February 2014

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2006-0102

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.