Menu

Guide to the Gerald M. Meier Papers, 1928-2003

Collection Overview

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."

Descriptive Summary

Title
Gerald M. Meier papers, 1928-2003
Creator
Meier, Gerald M.
Extent
7.75 Linear Feet, 5400 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.

Administrative Information

A majority of collections are stored off site and must be requested at least 48 business hours in advance for retrieval. Contact Rubenstein Library staff before visiting. Read More »

warning Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

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.

warning Use Restrictions

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.

Contents of the Collection

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.

Asian Development Bank, 1981
Box C1
Bauer, Peter, 1983-1984
Box C1
Hirschman, Albert, 1983
Box C1
Law and Economics, 1964-1975
Box C1
Lewis, W.A., 1983
Box C1
Myint, Hla, 1967-1971
Box C1
Myrdal, Gunnar, 1983-1988
Box C1
Overseas Development Council, 1970
Box C1
Rosenstein-Rodan, Paul, 1982-1983
Box C1
Rostow, W.W., 1982-1983
Box C1
Shaw-McKinnon, 1970-1971
Box C1
Singer, H.W., 1983
Box C1
Streeten, Paul, 1983
Box C1
Tinbergen, Jan, 1982-1983
Box C1
Wesleyan Appointment, 1953-1955
Box C1
Yale Law, 1963-1975
Box C1
1949-1954
Box C1
1954-1959
Box C1
1955-1959
Box C1
1958, 1977-1979
Box C1
1960-1962
Box C1
1960-1963
Box C1
1963-1964
Box C1
1965
Box C1
1966
Box C1
1967-1969
Box C1
1970-1972
Box C1
1971-1983
Box C1
1973-1975
Box C1
1976-1979
Box C1
1980-1982
Box C1
1983-1985
Box C1
1986
Box C1

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.

Accelerating Development in Poor Countries, 1956
Box WS1
La aceleración del desarrollo en los países pobres, 1958
Box WS1
Analyzing the Risk of Lending to Developing Countries, 1983
Box WS1
On 'Appropriate' Policy Technology for Development, 1977
Box WS1
Book Reviews, 1953-1980
Box WS1
Book Reviews, Pioneers in Development,Emerging from Poverty,Leading Issues in Development Economics,1982-1987
Box WS1
The Bretton Woods Agreement: Twenty-Five Years After, 1971
Box WS1
Comment on the Terms of Trade and Economic Development, 1958
Box WS1
La crisi della programmazione nei paesi in via di sviluppo, 1970
Box WS1
La crisis de la planeación en los países en desarrollo, 1970
Box WS1
A Critique of the New British Monopoly Act, 1950
Box WS1
Development Decade in Perspective, 1971
Box WS1
Development Without Employment, 1969
Box WS1
Economic Development, Reviews, 1957
Box WS1
Economic Development of Export Economics, 1959
Box WS1
Economic Development and the Transfer Mechanism: Canada, 1895-1913, undated
Box WS1
Bretton Woods History for Introduction, 1981-1983
Box WS1
Letters, 1980-1983
Box WS1
Miscellaneous, 1979-1983
Box WS1
Externality Law and Market Safeguards: Applications in the GATT Multilateral Trade Negotiations, 1977
Box WS1
Export Stimulation, Import Substitution and Latin American Development, 1961
Box WS1
Foreign Aid: Economic Aspects, 1968
Box WS1
Free Trade and Development Economics, 1968
Box WS1
International Economic Reform: Collected Papers of Emile Despres, Correspondence and Reviews, 1974-1975
Box WS1
International Economics of Development, Correspondence and Reviews, 1966-1970
Box WS1
International Economics Law and Development, Chapter 1, miscellaneous notes, undated
Box WS1
International Trade and Development, Correspondence and Reviews, 1961-1963
Box WS1
International Trade and International Inequality, 1958
Box WS1
The 'Jamaica Agreement,' International Monetary Reform, and the Developing Countries, 1976
Box WS1
Correspondence and Reviews, 1970-1976
Box WS1
Referee Letters, 1963
Box WS1
Reviews, 1964-1966
Box WS1
Oxford University Press, 1962-1965
Box WS1
Legal-Economic Problems of Private Foreign Investment in Developing Countries, 1966
Box WS1
Long Period Determinants of Britain's Terms of Trade, 1880-1913, 1952-1953
Box WS1
Miscellaneous, undated
Box WS1
Myrdal on Commercial Policy of Underdeveloped Countries, 1958
Box WS1
A Note on the Theory of Comparative Costs and Long Period Developments, 1952
Box WS1
Correspondence, 1982-1986
Box WS1
Correspondence on early courses in Development Economics for Introduction, 1983-1984
Box WS1
Dudley Seers, 1982-1983
Box WS1
Audiotapes of seminars at World Bank, 1982
Box WS1
The Poverty of Nations, 1957
Box WS1
The Problem of Limited Economic Development, 1953
Box WS1
El Problema del desarrollo económico limitado, 1960
Box WS1
Problems Series, Correspondence and Reviews, 1970-1976
Box WS1
Progress and Problems of the Development Decade, 1966
Box WS1
The Role of an Expert Advisory Group in a Young Government, 1965
Box WS1
Some Questions about Growth Economics: Comment, 1954
Box WS1
Sviluppo senza occupazione, 1970
Box WS1
Symposium on the Report of the Trade and Tariffs Commission, 1960
Box WS1
The Theory of Comparative Costs Reconsidered, 1949
Box WS1
The Tokyo Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations and the Developing Countries, 1980
Box WS1
The Trade Matrix: Comment, 1948
Box WS1
UNCTAD Proposals for International Economic Reform, 1967
Box WS1
U.S. Foreign Economic Policies, 1980
Box WS1

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.

IV World Congress, Budapest, 1974
Box S1
American Council of Learned Societies Annual Meeting, 1957
Box S1
Africa Trip, 1982
Box S1
Agricultural Development Council (ADC) Conference, 1965
Box S1
Bellagio Study and Conference Center, 1981
Box S1
Cairo, 1982
Box S1
1965
Box S1
1970
Box S1
1972
Box S1
Center for Economic Policy Research, 1986
Box S1
China Lecture for World Bank, 1984
Box S1
Committee for the Study of Mankind, 1960
Box S1
Conference on the International Economic and Financial Systems, 1995
Box S1
Conference on International Economics, 1956
Box S1
Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica (Brazil) CADE, 1972
Box S1
The Content of Education for Accelerated Agricultural Development, 1965
Box S1
Development: International Law and Economics Symposium, 1967
Box S1
Economic Development and World Debt, 1987
Box S1
Ethics and International Relations, 1973
Box S1
European Logistics Management Program, 1971
Box S1
Globalization, Development or Underdevelopment, 1997
Box S1
Goodyear International Management Seminar, 1973
Box S1
Hicks Fechtschrift - Free Trade and Development Economics, 1966-1967
Box S1
1966-1968, n.d
Box S1
1968, 1971
Box S1
1969
Box S1
Instituto Peruano de Administración de Empresas (IPAE), 1973
Box S1
International Center for Economic Growth (ICEG), 1994
Box S1
International Conference on Economic History, 1960
Box S1
International Symposium of Nihon University, 1996
Box S1
Jamaica Trip, 1970, 1983
Box S1
Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), Korea, 1995
Box S1
Latin-American - U.S. Economic Interactions, Texas, 1973
Box S1
Law and Development Conference, University of Wisconsin, 1968
Box S1
Law and Economics Committee, 1968-1971
Box S1
Malawi - Underdevelopment and Economics, undated
Box S1
Merrill Center for Economics, 1955
Box S1
Miscellaneous Conferences, 1956-1986 and undated
Box S1
Moral Aspects of War, Power, and Economic Involvement, undated
Box S1
Moscow Meeting, 1988
Box S1

See also under this entry in Oversize Materials Series, Subject Subseries

1961-1997 and undated
(4 folders)
Box S1
1983 and undated
Box S1
Pakistan, 1958
Box S1
Peru, 1972
Box S1
Rome/Vatican, 1993
Box S1
Course Notes, 1947-1948
Box S1
International Economics, Bibliographies, 1951-1952
Box S1
International Economics, Haberler, 1947
(3 folders)
Box S2
International Economics, Haberler and Balogh, 1947-1948
(3 folders)
Box S2
International Economics, Miscellaneous Seminars and Lectures, 1948
(4 folders)
Box S2
International Economics, Notes, 1947-1948
(2 folders)
Box S2
Lectures, 1948, 1950-1951
Box S2
Attendance at Miscellaneous Lectures, 1960-1987 and undated
Box S2
Course Reading Lists, 1947-1955 and undated
Box S2
Exams, 1947-1952
Box S2
Exams, 1948-1965 and undated
Box S2
J.M. Finnis - Jurisprudence, 1974
Box S2
Law and Economics Lectures, 1958-1978
Box S2
Lectures (Hicks, Haberler, Chamberlin, Leontief) and Exams, 1947-1951 and undated
Box S2
Lectures, Oxford 1948-1949, Harvard 1947, 1950
Box S2
Miscellaneous Lectures Attended, 1946-1994 and undated
Box S2
Miscellaneous Syllabi and Exams, 1971-1982 and undated
Box S2
Miscellaneous Syllabi and Handouts, 1952-1968
Box S2
Syllabi for Various Economics Courses, 1953-1972 and undated
Box S2
Reed College (Portland, Or.), 1941-1942
Box S3
Courses Materials, International Law and Development, 1964-1972
Box S3
Course Notes, 1964 and undated
Box S3
Courses, 1963
Box S3
Econ 216 Despres and Meier, 1963-1964
Box S3
International Economics Exams, 1963-1968
Box S3
Price Analysis, 1964
Box S3
Price System, 1969-1970
(2 folders)
Box S3
Tort Law, 1975
(2 folders)
Box S3
Lectures, 1948-1949
Box S3
Lectures and Journals, 1948-1985
Box S3
Lectures and Journals, 1958
Box S3
1958-1994, undated
Box S3
1960
Box S3
1971, undated
Box S3
1994-1998
Box S3
Econ Tutorials, 1960-1961
Box S3
Courses, 1953-1963 and undated
(2 folders)
Box S3
Courses, 1959 and undated
Box S3
Econ 2 Lectures, 1959
Box S3
Econ 31-32 Lecture Notes, 1958-1959
Box S3
Economic Theory Reading Lists, 1954-1959
Box S3
1985
Box S3
Courses, 1952-1954
Box S3
Econ 1, 1952 and Econ 3-4, 1953-1954
Box S3
Constitution Law, 1976
Box S3
Contracts and Torts, Leff and Calabresi, 1976
Box S3
Course Notes, 1953-1956 and undated
Box S3
Courses, 1955-1957
Box S3
International Welfare Economics and International Law, 1973-1986
(2 folders)
Box S3
Law and Economics, 1956-1957
Box S3
Tacoma Sunday Times, undated
Box S3
Top Executive Seminar on International Economic Problems, Tel Aviv, 1974-1975
Box S3
U.S. - Mexican Financial Relations Conference, 1974
Box S3
University of Texas – Latin-American Conference, 1973
Box S3
Zagreb, 1987
Box S3
Nyasaland Conference, 1962

See also under this entry in Subject Series

Oversize Folder 1

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."

Public speaking, 1986-2002 and undated

Materials from Meier's talks, lectures, and presentations throughout the world on social capital, developing countries, and development economics.

(3 folders)
Box A1
Miscellaneous publications by Meier, 1949-1984 and undated

Arranged chronologically by year. Includes offprint journal articles and book reviews. Several have duplicates.

(6 folders)
Box A1
Pioneers in Development, vols. 1 and 2, 1982-1985
Box A1
The World Beyond the Firm, 1992-1996
Box A1
Frontiers of Development Economics, 1999-2001

Correspondence, notes, and chapter drafts.

(3 folders)
Box A1
Leading Issues in Economic Development, 1996-1998
Box A1
Development: Biography of a Subject, 2001 and undated

Proposals, pre-reviews, notes, drafts of chapters.

(6 folders)
Box A1
Unknown titles, undated
Box A1
Correspondence, 1947-2003 and undated
(2 folders)
Box A1
Book reviews and Grants, 1978-1989 and undated
Box A1
Article reprints, 1928-1974
(2 folders)
Box A1
Unpublished manuscript: "The Theory of Demand and the Theory of Welfare," undated
Box A1
Clippings, 1950s-1989
Box A1
Correspondence, 1944-1992
Box A2
Writings by others
Box A2
Sir Arthur Lewis lecture, 2002
Box A2
Memorial clippings
Box A2

Historical Note

DateEvent(s)
1923, Feb. 9Born, Tacoma, Wash.
1947Reed College: B.A. (Social Science)
Phi Beta Kappa
1948-1950, 1951-1952Rhodes Scholar
1952University of Oxford: B. Litt. (Economics)
1953Harvard University: Ph.D. (Economics)
1954, Oct. 23Married Gilda Slote; four children (David, Daniel, Jeremy, and Andrew)
1954-1959Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.), Assistant Professor and Professor of Economics
1955-1956Yale University, Visiting Lecturer
1957Published Economic Development
1956-1957, 1958-1959Yale University, Visiting Associate Professor
1957-1958Guggenheim Fellow
1959Wesleyan University: M.A. (Honoris Causa)
1959-1963Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.), Chester D. Hubbard Professor of Economics
1959-1961Yale University, Visiting Professor
1961-1962Brookings National Research Professorship
1963Published International Trade and Development
1963-1992Stanford University, Konosuke Matsushita Professor of International Economics and Policy Analysis, 1963-92,
1964Published Leading Issues in Development Economics
1968Published The International Economics of Development
1970, 1976Published Leading Issues In Economic Development; Studies In International Poverty
1973Published Problems of a Trade Policy
1974Published Problems of Cooperation for Development
1974, 1982Published Problems of a World Monetary Order
1974-1975Rockefeller Foundation Research Grant
1977Published Employment, Trade, and Development
1980Published International Economics: Theory of Policy
1983Published Pricing Policy for Development Management
1984Published Emerging from Poverty: The Economics that Really Matters
1985Co-editor, Pioneers in Development
1986Published Financing Asian Development: Performance and Prospects
1989Published Asian Development : Economic Success And Policy Lessons
1992Stanford University, Professor Emeritus
1998Published The International Environment Of Business: Competition And Governance In The Global Economy

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The Gerald M. Meier Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1999 and 2010.

Processing Information

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).

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.