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Preliminary Guide to the Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen Papers, 1944-1994

Collection Overview

The original accession (33000 items, dated 1944-1994) includes correspondence, research and writings, subject files, teaching materials, and autobiographical writings documenting the life and career of economist Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen (1906-1994). Correspondents include the economists Joseph Schumpeter (under whom he studied at Harvard) and Friedrich von Hayek. Topics include analytical economics, value theory and consumer behavior, bio-economics, time and economic change, entropy and its application to economics, agricultural economics, and the teaching of economics. Some materials are in Russian or Romanian. There are a few photographs of Georgescu-Roegen.

Typed transcripts and other documents reveal details concerning political conditions in Romania during the period of the provisional government and the Armistice trials following World War II (1944-1945). During this period Georgescu-Roegen served the new government in various capacities before he fled the country with his wife in 1948. The accession also includes about 40 audio tape (reel-to-reel) recordings. (95-025)

The addition to the collection (2 items, dated 1950-1975), includes class notes by students in Georgescu-Roegen's course, "Introduction to Mathematical Economics," spring 1950, at Vanderbilt and an audio tape recording (reel-to-reel) of dinner talks given on October 24, 1975, during a two-day conference at Vanderbilt recognizing Georgescu-Roegen's accomplishments. Speakers included Chancellor Heard of Vanderbilt and economists Paul Samuelson and Joseph Spengler. (00-425)

Descriptive Summary

Title
Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen papers 1944-1994
Creator
Georgescu-Roegen, Nicholas
Extent
44 Linear Feet, 33002 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence by personal name, 1960s-1980s, A-E
Box 1
"Fan Mail," 1950s-1980s
Box 1
Correspondence by personal name, 1960s-1980s, F-M.
Box 2
Correspondence by personal name, 1960s-1980s, M-Z
Box 3
Photographs
Box 3
Correspondence, Vanderbilt and Romania
Box 4
Personal correspondence
Box 4
"Selected older or important letters," (Schumpeter, Hayek, etc.)
Box 4
Correspondence by organizations, 1960s-1980s, A-W.
Box 5
Correspondence by subject, 1960s-1990s (some alphabetical arrangement).
Box 6
Correspondence and other materials by place-name, 1960s-1990s, A-W.
Box 7
Correspondence, 1950s-1980s, C-S
Box 8
Various correspondence dated by years, 1986-1994
Box 8
Place-name files (Princeton, Harvard, Sao Paolo), 1960s-1970s
Box 8
Correspondence
Box 9
Articles
Box 9
Invitations
Box 9
Autobiographical writings
Box 10
My Life Philosophy
Box 10
Writings by NGR (typescripts)
Box 10
Correspondence
Box 11
Articles
Box 11
Articles (chiefly by other authors)
Box 12
Publications and periodicals files
Box 13
Addresses
Box 13
Curriculum vitae files
Box 13
Lectures, statistics
Box 14
Free Europe Handbook (on Romania)
Box 14
Russian Research Center, Harvard, 1949
Box 14
Research grant files
Box 14
Writings on Romania by NGR and others
Box 15
Typed transcripts and copies of Romanian Armistice trials and other meetings related to provisional government (1944-1945)
Box 15
Maps
Box 15
Writings: Romania
Box 16
Writings: Romania, Basarabia
Box 17
Writings: Time and evolution; time and change; time in economics; analytical economics; theory and economic reality; plant, firm, industry; value theory and the consumer's behavior; value theory and the consumer's behavior; logical and empirical foundations fo economic development (ch. 1-7)
Box 17
Various notes
Box 17
Crivelli on NGR, 1987
Box 17
Statistics files
Box 17
Statistics and econometrics files
Box 18
Tests and exams on economic theory
Box 18
Writings: Drafts and notes on peasant economy
Box 19
Manuscript fragments
Box 19
Notes: Psychology and economics and other topics
Box 20
Writings: Utility, Gossen, economy and ethics, bioeconomics and ethics, man and production, the energetic theory of economic value, satiety
Box 20
Phyllis Jenkin
Box 21
Jeremy Rifkin
Box 21
Gossen
Box 21
Writings: Structural unemployment, Romania, Basarabia
Box 22
Writings by other authors [often related to NGR's works, with letters to him]
Box 23
Writings and notes by NGR: Romania, Atlanta, Milano
Box 24
Matzner, Egon
Box 24
Writings by NGR
Box 25
Writings by NGR
Box 26
Notebooks containing published writings by NGR in chronological order
Box 27
Notebooks containing articles about NGR and review of his works
Box 28
Miscellaneous correspondence and subject files (Koide, Myernik, etc.)
Box 29
Audiotapes from Vanderbilt office [possibly lectures by NGR]
Box 29
Audiotapes from Vanderbilt office [possibly lectures by NGR]
Box 30

Historical Note

Noted economist and professor at Vanderbilt University; formerly from Romania.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library received the Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen papers as a gift in 1995 and 2000.

Processing Information

Processed by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico and Alice Poffinberger

Completed February 27, 1997 and March 26, 2001

Encoded by Alice Poffinberger

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.

This collection is unprocessed: materials may have not been ordered and described beyond their original condition.