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Guide to the Lawrence Klein Papers, 1950s-2000

Abstract

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.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Lawrence Klein papers
Creator
Klein, Lawrence R. (Lawrence Robert), 1920-2013
Extent
52.5 linear feet, 40,000 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

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.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Dissertations, 1960s-2000

14 boxes

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.

A-Be
Box 1
Be-Broo
Box 2
Brow-Fin
Box 3
Fitz-Ham
Box 4
Har-Hyun
Box 5
Hyun-Mar
Box 6
Mar-Mon
Box 7
Mon-Par
Box 8
Pir-Row
Box 9
Row-Ste
Box 10
Swa-Untitled
Box 11
Untitled-Wei
Box 12
Wei-Yeh
(1/2 size box)
Box 13
Yoo-Z and loose pages
(1/2 size box)
Box 14

Subjects, Organizations, and Research, 1963-1991

6 boxes

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.

Academy of Science, 1972
Box 15
AEA, 1966-1972
(2 folders)
Box 15
American Telephone and Telegraph, 1969
Box 15
Australia, 1971
Box 15
Brookings Institute, 1968-1971
Box 15
Business Week, 1969-1970, 1982
(2 folders)
Box 15
Canada Council, 1968-1971
Box 15
Coal
(4 folders)
Box 15
DuPont - Brazil
Box 15
Econometric Society, 1968-1970
(2 folders)
Box 15
Federal Reserve Price Committee
Box 15
Flow of Funds, 1970-1971
Box 15
Food and Finance Committee mailing lists
Box 15
Ford Foundation, 1969-1970
Box 15
Harrison, Bennett (University of Maryland), 1968-1971
Box 15
IBM, 1967
Box 15
Independence Foundation, 1970-1971
Box 15
Institute of Social and Economic Research, 1968
Box 15
International Cooperation and Stabilization Policies Symposium, no date
Box 15
International Economic Review, 1970-1973
Box 15
International Monetary Fund, 1968-1971
Box 15
Japan Economic Research Center, 1972
Box 15
MacMillan, 1968-1972
Box 16
Markham, 1970
Box 16
Maurice Falk Institute, Jerusalem, 1969-1972
Box 16
Mexico, 1970-1972
Box 16
National Academy of Science
Finance Committee Papers, 1976-1979
(3 folders)
Box 16
Nomination/election forms
(2 folders)
Box 16
Chairman materials, 1985-1991
(2 folders)
Box 16
Class membership, 1987-1989
(2 folders)
Box 16
Membership nominations, 1989
Box 16
Ballots, 1989
(2 folders)
Box 16
Membership selections, 1989-1990
Box 16
Nomination proposals, supporting materials, 1989-1990
(2 folders)
Box 16
Ballots, 1990
(2 folders)
Box 16
Membership committees, 1991
Box 16
National Bureau of Economic Research, 1989-1992
(4 folders)
Box 16
National Research Council, 1966-1967
(2 folders)
Box 17
National Science Foundation
Summer Research Institute application, 1966-1967
(2 folders)
Box 17
Summer Research Institute application, 1971
(2 folders)
Box 17
Proposal, 1972
(2 folders)
Box 17
Correspondence, 1972
Box 17
NSF/CNRS Papers, 1976-1978
Box 17
NSF/CNRS Seminar, 1976-1978
(2 folders)
Box 17
Negative Income Tax, 1968-1969
Box 17
Peace Research, 1969-1971
Box 17
Prentice Hall, 1971-1973
Box 17
Project "Hydra" Klausner, 1969
Box 17
Rubber, 1972-1973
(2 folders)
Box 17
Russian Meetings, 1970
Box 17
Social Science Research Council, 1968-1970
Box 17
Social Science Research Council, 1971
(2 folders)
Box 18
Survey Research Center, University of Michigan, 1968
Box 18
Technical report: Robust Non-Linear Data Smoothing, by Paul F. Velleman, 1975
Box 18
Tin
(3 folders)
Box 18
Treasury Study, 1967-1969
Box 18
Wharton E.F.A., 1969-1970
(2 folders)
Box 18
Vitae, 1973
Box 18
Vienna, 1970 (Institute for Advanced Studies)
Box 18
University of Massachusetts, 1966-1971
(2 folders)
Box 18
University of Pennsylvania
Academic Calendar, 1978-1979
Box 18
Academic Planning Committee, 1972
(3 folders)
Box 18
Benjamin Franklin University Professors, 1963-1972
(3 folders)
Box 18
Bills, invoices, etc
Box 18
Budget Committee, 1971-1972
Box 18
Budget Committee, 1972
Box 19
Committee on Economic History
Box 19
Committee on Education Policy, 1972-1973
Box 19
Committee on Faculty Affairs, 1971
Box 19
Committee on University-State Relations, 1962-1966
Box 19
Committee to appoint a Dean for the Graduate School, 1966-1967
(2 folders)
Box 19
Computer Center reports, 1968-1972
(5 folders)
Box 19
Computer numbers
Box 19
Company Contributions to Forecasting Unit
Box 19
Curriculum
Box 19
Dean of Law School Committee, 1969
Box 19
Development Commission
Box 19
Econometric Society meeting
Box 19
Econometric Unit
(2 folders)
Box 19
Economics Department, 1968-1970
Box 19
Encyclopedia Britannica
Box 19
Fels Institute of Local and State Government
Box 19
Financial Statements, ER
Box 19
Investment Banking Chair
Box 19
Librarian search, 1969-1970
Box 19
Personnel Committee
Box 19
Provost Search Committee, 1970
Box 19
Search for University of Pennsylvania Athletic Director, 1979
Box 19
Student recommendations, 1970-1973
Box 19
Sujan, 1970
Box 19
Summer employment
Box 19
University Committee on Statistics Professors, 1963
Box 19
University Planning Committee, 1965-1972
Box 19
Virginia State College, 1970-1972
(2 folders)
Box 19
Wharton E.F.A., 1968-1971 and no date
(8 folders)
Box 20
Wharton Quarterly, 1971-1972
Box 20

Project LINK, 1950-1996

2 boxes

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.

Annual Meeting, Newport, RI, 1971
(2 folders)
Box 20
Annual Meeting, Vienna, 1972
Box 20
Australia, 1970-1971
Box 20
Austria, 1969-1971
Box 20
Belgium Correspondence, 1968-1970
Box 20
Canada, 1968-1970
Box 20
European Meeting (Paris), 1968
Box 20
France
Box 20
General correspondence and reports, 1968-1971
(9 folders)
Box 20
General correspondence and reports, 1968-1973
(3 folders)
Box 21
Germany
Box 21
International Monetary Fund, 1968-1970
(2 folders)
Box 21
Haley, 1968-1970
Box 21
Japan, 1968-1970
(2 folders)
Box 21
London meetings, 1970
Box 21
Meeting participants lists, 1987-1996
(3 folders)
Box 21
Mini-LINK exercises, 1970s
Box 21
Regional models, 1950-1970
Box 21
Research, 1969
Box 21
Sweden, 1968-1970
(2 folders)
Box 21
UNCTAD models, 1968-1970
(3 folders)
Box 21
U.K., 1968-1970
Box 21
World meeting prep, 1971-1973
Box 21
World meeting report, 1972
Box 21
World Outlook, 1983
Box 21
Printouts
Box 22
Printouts
Box 23
Printouts
Box 24

Correspondence, 1968-1997

6 boxes

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.

Correspondence, 1968-1971 O
Box 25
Correspondence, 1971 P-1975
Box 26
Correspondence, 1977-1978
Box 26
Outgoing correspondence, 1987
Box 27
Correspondence, 1990 A-M
Box 27
Correspondence, 1990 N-Z
Box 28
Correspondence, 1991 A-Z
Box 28
Correspondence, 1992 A-G
Box 28
Correspondence, 1992 H-Z
Box 29
Correspondence, 1993 A-Z
Box 29
Correspondence, 1994 A-H
Box 29
Correspondence, 1994 I-L
Box 30
Correspondence, 1995 outgoing
Box 30
Correspondence, 1996-1997 January
Box 30
Correspondence, 2007 October
Box 30

Writings by Klein

4 boxes

Includes articles, reports, papers, etc. written by Lawrence Klein. Arranged alphabetically by title in record storage cartons.

Writings by Klein, A-E
Box 30
Writings by Klein, E-M
Box 31
Writings by Klein, M-S
Box 32
Writings by Klein, S-Z
Box 33
Klein's loans
(4 folders)
Box 33

Writings by Others

0.5 boxes

Includes articles, reports, papers, etc., written by people other than Klein. Arranged alphabetically by title.

Writings by Others A-Z
Box 34
Miscellany
Box 34

Audio tapes, Project LINK, 1969

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.

LINK No. 1. Side 1: Welcome speech by S. Okita, general introduction by T. Watanabe; Session I, Presentation by R. Rhomberg, comment by B.G. Hickman. Side 2: Session II. Comment by Hickman (continued); general discussion., 1969 September 16
Box 35
1/4-inch open-reel audio tape original.
Box 35
Audio-reel RL00786-RR-0001
LINK No. 2. Side 1: Session II. RR Rhomberg (Remains), comment by Verdoorn; Session III. Waelbroek's presentation; Side 2: Session III. Discussion; Session IV. Presentation by Marin Curtond, comment by S. Ichimura, 1969 September 16
1/4-inch open-reel audio tape original.
Box 35
Audio-reel RL00786-RR-0002
Link No. 3. Side 1: Session IV. Marin-Curtond (Remains); Sept. 17, Session I. Klein, organization of P. Link. Side 2: Session II. Klein, Conceptual Basis of Model (cointinued); An Experiment in International Linkage by Helliwell., 1969 September 16-17
1/4-inch open-reel audio tape original.
Box 35
Audio-reel RL00786-RR-0003
LINK No. 4. Side 1: The Price Variables in International Trade Equations, by Kravis. Side 2: Presentation by G.B. Taplin, comment by James Ball., 1969 September 17
1/4-inch open-reel audio tape original.
Box 35
Audio-reel RL00786-RR-0004
LINK No. 5, Side 1. Session I (chairman: Jacobsson), Presentation by Ball, comment by Gordon. Side 2: Session II (chairman: Jacobsson), International Comparison of Existing Models by Morigachi, comments by Klein., 1969 September 18
1/4-inch open-reel audio tape original.
Box 35
Audio-reel RL00786-RR-0005
LINK No. 6, Side 1: Session II (chairman: Jacobsson), presented by Morigachi (continued from No. 5). Side 2: Sept. 19, Friday, Session I (chairman: Ball), presented by Klein, comment by Taplin., 1969 September 18-19
1/4-inch open-reel audio tape original.
Box 35
Audio-reel RL00786-RR-0006
LINK No. 7, Side 1: Session I, L.R. Klein's paper, comment by Takemoto; Session II, Krelle's paper, comments by T. Watanabe. Side 2: Session II, open discussion on Krelle's paper (continued)., 1969 September 19
1/4-inch open-reel audio tape original.
Box 35
Audio-reel RL00786-RR-0007
LINK No. 8, Side 1: Open discussion on improving national models. Side 2: Open discussion on improving national models (continued)., 1969 September 19
1/4-inch open-reel audio tape original.
Box 35
Audio-reel RL00786-RR-0008
LINK No. 9, Side 1: Session I, chairman Gordon. Side 2: Session II, discussion led by Gordon., 1969 September 20
1/4-inch open-reel audio tape original.
Box 35
Audio-reel RL00786-RR-0009
LINK No. 10, Side 1: Session II, discussion led by Gordon (continued)., 1969 September 20
1/4-inch open-reel audio tape original.
Box 35
Audio-reel RL00786-RR-0010

Historical Note

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.

Sources:

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.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The Lawrence Klein Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1986 and 2011.

Processing Information

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.