Guide to the Gerald M. Meier Papers, 1928-2003
The papers of Gerald M. Meier span the years 1928-2003, with the bulk of the materials from 1941-2001. These materials document the growth of Meier's career from a student of economics to an academic economist. This collection includes personal and professional correspondence; lectures; course notes taken as a student or developed for his lectures on international economic relations; syllabi, reading lists, exams, and other course materials; materials relating to conferences attended; published writings; and audiotapes of interviews relating to the evolution of development economics. The Correspondence Series is largely of a professional nature, and is chiefly concerned with international and development economics. Prominent among Meier's correspondents were Peter Bauer, Gottfried Haberler, W.A. Lewis, Hla Myint, Paul Rosenstein-Rodan, W.W. Rostow, Dudley Seers, H.W. Singer, and Paul Streeten.
Many of Meier's major publications are represented in the Writings and Speeches Series. These include Economic Development, Emerging from Poverty, The International Economics of Development, International Trade and Development, Leading Issues in Development Economics, Pioneers in Development, and the Problems series of books. Though there are more than a few folders containing materials on conferences attended by Meier, by and large the Subject Series contains a great deal of course materials. From his days as a student, there are notes, exams, syllabi, reading lists, and bibliographies from Reed College, Harvard University, and University of Oxford concerning courses taken under Edward Chamberlin, Gottfried Haberler, John Hicks, Wassily Leontief, and others. Also, there is material representing the several law courses Meier enrolled in at Yale University and Stanford University. Among the lecture notes from Williams College, Wesleyan University, Yale University, and Stanford University, there are also syllabi, exams, and reading lists representing his tenure as a professor. Of particular note are the several folders concerning Meier's role in the genesis and growth of the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University.
Accession (2010-0211) also contains work from Meier's career, including reprints of his articles (dated 1949-1984) and materials from his lectures and presentations on development economics (dated 1986-2002). Also included are some miscellaneous correspondence, grant proposals, and book reviews. A large portion of the accession relates to Meier's writings, including his drafts and correspondence from several books, especially Frontiers of Development Economics (published 2001) and Development: Biography of a Subject (published 2004). Another section of interest is Meier's collection of materials on the career of John Hicks, a 1972 Nobel prize-winning economist. The collection includes article reprints written by Hicks, some clippings about his life, and an undated, unpublished manuscript titled The Theory of Demand and the Theory of Welfare.
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- Gerald M. Meier papers
- Meier, Gerald M.
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- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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Consists of letters written to Meier by economists, educators, businessmen, and officials of governments and organizations. The collection is primarily professional, with few instances of communications with personal friends and family. Arranged into alphabetical and chronological groups.
Meier's writings and speeches focus on international economics and the economics of development. The materials, consisting mainly of offprints and reprints, are arranged into alphabetical groups by title of publication. There is also supporting material (correspondence, notes, drafts, referee letters, reviews, and audiotapes) concerning several of his major publications.
The bulk of this series consists of files relating to conferences attended and to course materials. The latter files contain bibliographies, syllabi, reading lists, exams, and notes, both for undergraduate and graduate courses and, likewise, for both courses attended as a student and courses taught as a professor. The schools represented in the collection are Harvard, Oxford, Reed, Stanford, Wesleyan, Williams, and Yale. Arranged alphabetically.
Accession (2010-0211) (900 items; 1.5 lin. ft.) also contains work from Meier's career, including reprints of his articles (dated 1949-1984) and materials from his lectures and presentations on development economics (dated 1986-2002). Also included are some miscellaneous correspondence, grant proposals, and book reviews. A large portion of the accession relates to Meier's writings, including his drafts and correspondence from several books, especially Frontiers of Development Economics (published 2001) and Development: Biography of a Subject (published 2004). Another section of interest is Meier's collection of materials on the career of John Hicks, a 1972 Nobel prize-winning economist. The collection includes article reprints written by Hicks, some clippings about his life, and an undated, unpublished manuscript titled "The Theory of Demand and the Theory of Welfare."
Materials from Meier's talks, lectures, and presentations throughout the world on social capital, developing countries, and development economics.
Arranged chronologically by year. Includes offprint journal articles and book reviews. Several have duplicates.
Correspondence, notes, and chapter drafts.
Proposals, pre-reviews, notes, drafts of chapters.
|1923, Feb. 9||
Born, Tacoma, Wash.
Reed College: B.A. (Social Science)
Phi Beta Kappa
University of Oxford: B. Litt. (Economics)
Harvard University: Ph.D. (Economics)
|1954, Oct. 23||
Married Gilda Slote; four children (David, Daniel, Jeremy, and Andrew)
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.), Assistant Professor and Professor of Economics
Yale University, Visiting Lecturer
Published Economic Development
Yale University, Visiting Associate Professor
Wesleyan University: M.A. (Honoris Causa)
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.), Chester D. Hubbard Professor of Economics
Yale University, Visiting Professor
Brookings National Research Professorship
Published International Trade and Development
Stanford University, Konosuke Matsushita Professor of International Economics and Policy Analysis, 1963-92,
Published Leading Issues in Development Economics
Published The International Economics of Development
Published Leading Issues In Economic Development; Studies In International Poverty
Published Problems of a Trade Policy
Published Problems of Cooperation for Development
Published Problems of a World Monetary Order
Rockefeller Foundation Research Grant
Published Employment, Trade, and Development
Published International Economics: Theory of Policy
Published Pricing Policy for Development Management
Published Emerging from Poverty: The Economics that Really Matters
Co-editor, Pioneers in Development
Published Financing Asian Development: Performance and Prospects
Published Asian Development : Economic Success And Policy Lessons
Stanford University, Professor Emeritus
Published The International Environment Of Business: Competition And Governance In The Global Economy
- Bauer, P. T. (Péter Tamás)
- Chamberlin, Edward,
- Developing countries -- Economic conditions
- Development economics -- History
- Development economics
- Economists -- United States
- Economic development
- Economics -- History -- 20th century
- Economists -- United States -- Correspondence
- Economics -- Study and teaching -- United States
- Economics -- Study and teaching
- Economics -- Study and teaching -- England -- Oxford
- Hicks, John, 1904-1989
- Hla Myint, U.
- Haberler, Gottfried, 1900-1995
- International economic relations
- Leontief, Wassily W.,
- Lewis, W. Arthur (William Arthur),
- Meier, Gerald M.
- Meier, Gerald M.
- Rostow, W. W. (Walt Whitman),
- Rosenstein-Rodan, P. N.
- Streeten, Paul
- Stanford University
- Singer, Hans Wolfgang,
- Seers, Dudley
- Williams College
- Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.)
- Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) -- History
- Yale University
[Identification of item], Gerald M. Meier Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Gerald M. Meier Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1999 and 2010.
Processed by John Bauman
Completed July 27, 2001
Encoded by Michael Shumate
The vast majority of Gerald M. Meier's papers came to the library in their original labeled folders. These labels, however, were often informal in their syntax. In order to file folders in an orderly manner, some labels were altered, but with the topical sense retained. In a few cases, folder titles were supplied, because no title existed or else the notations were insufficient.
The order of the folders was random throughout the cartons. While folders were rearranged, original order was preserved within each folder. Thus, the inter-relations between items within individual folders may be tenuous (e.g., Harvard University syllabi concerning a course on International Economics in a folder titled "Wesleyan Courses" which has lecture notes on International Economics).