Guide to the Lawrence Klein Papers, 1950s-2000
Nobel-prize winning economist and professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Collection includes Klein's correspondence, writings and drafts, economic research and subject files, organizational papers, and dissertations from Klein's many students. Contains significant amount of material from Project LINK, particularly from the late 1960s. Audiovisual recordings of the first LINK conference in 1969 will require reformatting prior to use. Also includes files from Klein's presidency of the National Academy of Science, his professorship at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, and printouts from early economic computer programs and experiments.
- Lawrence Klein papers
- Klein, Lawrence R. (Lawrence Robert), 1920-2013
- 52.5 linear feet, 40,000 items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
- Material in English
The collection includes Klein's correspondence, writings and drafts, economic research and subject files, organizational papers, and dissertations from Klein's many students. It contains significant amount of material from Project LINK, particularly from the late 1960s. Audiovisual recordings of the first LINK conference in 1969 will require reformatting prior to use. Also included are files from Klein's presidency of the National Academy of Science, his professorship at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, and printouts from early economic computer programs and experiments.
The Dissertations series includes copies and drafts of dissertations and theses written by Klein's students and advisees during his tenure at the University of Pennsylvania. They are arranged in alphabetical order by the author's name.
The Subjects, Organizations, and Research series includes subject files and materials on various publications, research topics, projects, and organizations with which Klein worked. This series includes many materials from his career at the University of Pennsylvania, including teaching materials and committee information, as well as his presidency of the National Academy of Sciences. It has been arranged alphabetically by folder title.
The Project LINK series contains records related to that project, for which Klein served as principal investigator along with Bert Hickman, Rudolf Rhomberg, and Aaron Gordon. Included are materials from various meetings, research materials, and reports.
The Computer Printouts series contains computer printouts from an unknown project, possibly Project LINK, dating from the early 1980s.
The Correspondence series contains letters, memos, and faxes received or written by Klein. Much of the correspondence was exchanged with colleagues in the field of economics, and reflects collaborative research endeavors. Arranged loosely by correspondent within each year. Not every year has incoming correspondence.
Writings by Klein includes papers and speeches written by Lawrence Klein for journals, newspapers, editorials, and congressional testimony.
Writings by Others includes non-dissertation writings on economics collected by Klein for his own research or interest.
Audiovisual Materials contains audio recordings of the first worldwide Project LINK conference in 1969. This material will need to be reformatted prior to use.
There is also a small amount of Unsorted Miscellaneous material.
In addition, a small amount of electronic media has been removed from the collection and transferred to Duke's server. Please contact Research Services for access to this material.
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.
In addition, original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use. Research Services staff need to produce use copies before contents can be accessed.
All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.
Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.
The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
Includes dissertations and drafts from Klein's students and other advisees, ranging in date from the late 1960s through 2000. Arranged alphabetically by author's name in record storage cartons, unless otherwise noted.
Contains subject files on various publications, economic research topics, and projects. Also contains organizational papers, including materials from Klein's presidency at the National Academy of Science, his work with the National Science Foundation, and his professorship at the University of Pennsylvania. Project LINK formed such a substantial portion of the materials that it is a separate series. Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject in record storage cartons.
Contains materials on Project LINK, an international research project integrating various national econometric models into a global econometric model. ( About Project LINK, UN DESA, accessed November 30, 2011, http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/policy/proj_link/index.shtml). Klein served as one of the principal investigators for this project. Tapes of the first worldwide Project LINK meeting can be found in the A/V for Project LINK, 1969 series.
Includes letters, memos, faxes, etc. Years are generally arranged alphabetically by first letter of correspondents' surnames. Outgoing correspondence from 1987 is arranged chronologically in record storage cartons. Some additional correspondence can be found in the Subjects, Organizations, and Research and Project LINK series.
Includes articles, reports, papers, etc. written by Lawrence Klein. Arranged alphabetically by title in record storage cartons.
Includes articles, reports, papers, etc., written by people other than Klein. Arranged alphabetically by title.
Includes 10 1/4-inch open reel audio tapes of the first worldwide Project LINK conference in Hakone, Japan, in 1969. Use of the recordings requires production of listening copies. Please contact a reference archivist before coming to use this collection.
Lawrence Robert Klein (b. 1920) is an American economist born in Omaha, Nebraska. Much of his work involves building macroeconometric models for economic forecasting. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1942, and studied under economist Paul Samuelson at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), completing his Ph.D. in 1944. Klein then worked on macroeconometric models at the University of Chicago. In the following years, he worked at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Survey Research Center of the University of Michigan, and the Institute of Statistics at the University of Oxford, before accepting a position at the University of Pennsylvania in 1958. In 1968, he became the Benjamin Franklin Professor of Economics and Finance at the Wharton School. In 1980, he won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.
In the 1960s, Klein sold econometric forecasts to benefit his department at the University of Pennsylvania. Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates, Inc. grew from these efforts. In 1960, Klein visited and subsequently began working with economists in Japan. Klein also led research for the Social Science Research Council, and served as one of the principal investigators for Project LINK, which was created in 1968. Klein has traveled to Europe and Asia many times to give lectures, attend meetings, and work on collaborative projects. He and his wife, Sonia, have four children.
Lawrence R. Klein, Britannica Online Encyclopedia, accessed November 30, 2011, http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/319969/Lawrence-R-Klein.
Lawrence R. Klein - Autobiography, Nobelprize.org, accessed November 30, 2011, http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/economics/laureates/1980/klein-autobio.html.
[Identification of item], Lawrence Klein Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Lawrence Klein Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1986 and 2011.
Processed by Meghan Lyon and Jane Metters, November 2011
Encoded by Jane Metters, November 2011
Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2011-1000
This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.