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Guide to the Charlotte Phelps Papers, 1955-2010

Summary

The collection contains the papers of Charlotte DeMonte Phelps, economist and Professor of Economics Emerita at Temple University. The papers are primarily academic in nature, but contain some personal documents. They contain information about her life in academia, course materials, research, and writings. Also present is her professional correspondence.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.10178
Title
Charlotte Phelps papers
Date
1955-2010
Creator
Phelps, Charlotte
Extent
4 Linear Feet, 9 boxes
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The collection contains several series: Correspondence, Teaching Material, Writings, Professional Service and Personal Files. Most of the collection is comprised of material related to Phelps' academic endeavors. Her correspondence covers 1957-2010 and primarily addresses colleagues across the field of economics. The teaching material is from a number of her most-taught courses and includes student papers Phelps deemed excellent and worthy of saving. The writings include her honor's thesis, dissertation, and a number of published articles. Unpublished works such as conference papers can be found in a compilation of materials prepared for a promotion and tenure committee, along with further correspondence, both of which are housed in the Professional Service Series. Also present are a number of conference programs and proceedings attended by Phelps that attest to her involvement in her field. The personal files deal mainly with her marriage to Edmund Phelps, including a marriage license, photographs, and series of letters following their divorce. Also included are a number of photographs with colleagues and a scrapbook of photographs.

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Contents of the Collection

1. Correspondence, 1957-2010

2 boxes

This collection contains the correspondence of Charlotte Phelps and is mostly related to her academic endeavors with the occasional more personal note. The correspondence concerns her research and projects, teaching, professional service, requests for copies of her papers, invitations to events, grant applications, and collaboration with colleagues. There are copies of her responses to letters received also included. Arranged by date.

1957 Oct. 16 - 1964 July 28
Box 1
1965 Sept. 8 - 1967 Nov. 9
Box 1
1968 Jan. 3 - 1969 Dec. 28
Box 1
1970 Jan. 9 - 1972 Jan. 31
Box 1
1972 Feb. 1 - 1974 Jan. 31
Box 1
1975 Jan. 14 - 1979 Nov. 13
Box 1
1980 Jan. 8 - 1982 June 17
Box 1
1982 July 1 - 1984 Dec. 4
Box 1
1985 Jan. 2 - 1986 Dec. 31
Box 2
1987 Jan. 16 - 1989 Dec. 27
Box 2
1990 Jan. 2 - 1991 Sept. 27
Box 2
1992 Jan. 7 - 1994 Nov. 26
Box 2
1995 Jan. 5 - 2000 Oct. 25
Box 2
2001 Jan. 30 - 2004 Dec. 18
Box 2
2005 May 25 - 2010 Feb. 3
Box 2

2. Teaching Material, 1973-2000

This collection consists of teaching material from a number of courses taught by Charlotte Phelps during her time at Temple University. It contains syllabi, exams, course notes and materials, and student papers and exams. Charlotte Phelps noted that she only kept excellent student exams and papers. Arranged by course, then year.

Individual Economic Decision Making, 1973-1993
(4 folders)
Box 3
Social Economics, 1988-1993
Box 3
Economic Cooperation, 1992
Box 3
Other Courses, 1991-2000
Box 3
Miscellaneous Student Papers, 1972-1978
Box 3

3. Writings and Research, 1955-2001

This collection contains the writings and publications of Charlotte Phelps, including her honors thesis and dissertation. For other writings, see her portfolio submitted for promotion in the Professional Service portion of the collection. Arranged alphabetically.

A clue to the paradox of happiness, 2001

Offprint from the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Vol. 45 (2001) 293-300.

Box 4
The disappearance of polarized altruism, 1991

Offprint from the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 15 (1991) 91-113.

Box 4
Gender differences in the long-term economic consequences of parental divorce, 1998

Reprinted from the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization Vol. 37 (1998) 151-168.

Box 4
The Impact of Tightening Credit on Municipal Capital Expenditures in the United States, 1961

Bound volume. A dissertation presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Yale University in candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Box 4
The Impact of Tightening Credit on Municipal Capital Expenditures in the United States, 1960

Published in Yale Economic Essays. Final page states: "This article was prepared in 1960 from a dissertation submitted in 1957 in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy."

Box 4
Is altruism the dominant motivation in the family?, undated

Offprint from Economic Psychology of the Family

Box 4
Preliminary findings from "A Longitudinal Study of the Effects of Mother's Voice on Adult Offspring's Earnings and Family Income", 2001

A report prepared by Charlotte Phelps on her usage of a grant from Temple University.

Box 4
Real and Monetary Determinants of State and Local Highway Investment, 1951-66, 1969

Reprint from The American Economic Review, Vol LIX, September, 1969.

Box 4
Three Conditions for the Formulation of a Consistent Policy, 1955

Reader comments inlaid. Phelps notes: "Paper submitted for honors program. I graduated Magna cum laude. Radcliffe College."

Box 4
Unconscious Motivation and Economic Choice, 1980

A Report of a Survey of Temple University Students, 1980, with related findings.

Box 4
Wives' motives and fertility, 1995

Offprint from the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 27 (1995) 49-67.

Box 4

4. Professional Service

Included are a collection of documents for Phelps' promotion and tenure, conference documents, and other documents related to her professional service.

Appendixes 1, 2, and 3 and Unpublished Papers, 1971-1989

Appendix 1 contains evidence of research achievement. Appendix 2 is evidence of professional service. Appendix 3 contains evidence of teaching contributions. Each appendix contains an index of contents with further commentary on their relevance. There is also a section of unpublished papers. Bound in a volume sent to the Promotion and Tenure Committee II, Department of Economics, Temple University.

Box 5
Evidence of Achievement, 1972-1974

Letters, grant proposals, research and project descriptions.

Box 5
Service Portfolio, 1991-1997

Course evaluations, letters, conferences, and other miscellaneous documentation.

Box 5
Proof of Achievement, 1971-1996

Newspaper clippings, letters, article reviews, etc.

Box 5
Book, 1980

Photocopy of title pages, contents and other relevant portions.

Box 5
Refereed Articles, 1966-1998

Includes annotated bibliography of publications. Also includes reprint of article written with Edmund Phelps for The Review of Economics and Statistics in 1966, titled "Factor-Price-Frontier Estimation of a 'Vintage' Production Model of the Postwar United States Nonfarm Business Sector."

Box 5
Unpublished papers, 1976-1999

Conference papers and research reports.

Box 5
Other publications, 1980-1999

Photocopies of short articles, handbook entries, and other articles.

Box 5
Letters from famous economists: Evidence of professional recognition, 1970-1989

Correspondence with renowned economists.

Box 5

Conference Documents, 1994-2010

Arranged chronologically.

Integrating Views on Economic Behavior, 1994

IAREP/SABE conference proceedings (Part III).

Box 6
Inquiries into the Nature and Causes of Behavior, 1999
(2 folders)

2 vols. Conference proceedings.

Box 6
Lives in Context: The Study of Human Development, 1999

Conference documents.

Fairness and Cooperation, 2000

IAREP/SABE. Conference proceedings.

Box 6
ISNIE Conference Programs, 2002-2004

See audiovisual materials for material related to these conferences.

Box 7
Behavioural Economics and Economic Psychology, 2006

IAREP/SABE. Program.

Box 7
Behavioural Economics, Economic Psychology: Theory and Policy, 2009

IAREP/SABE. Program and abstracts.

Box 7
A boat trip through economic change, 2010
(2 folders)

IAREP/SABE/ICABEEP. Program and proceedings.

Box 7
Curriculum Vitae, 1978-1988
Box 7
Documents from Summer Job at New York Stock Exchange, 1956

Research position.

Box 7
Miscellany

Various clippings, articles, etc. related to Charlotte Phelps' academic service.

Box 7

5. Personal Files

Miscellaneous personal documents.

Marriage License, 1957

The Marriage Service of Edmund Phelps and Charlotte DeMonte.

Box 7
Proof of Marriage

Contains engagement announcement, wedding and honeymoon photographs, and various letters from Edmund (Ned) Phelps and addressed to them as a couple.

Box 7
Photographs

One folder of photographs. Some labeled, some not. Personal and academic photographs.

Box 7
Telegrams, 1957

Congratulations for election to president of the Graduate Economics Club.

Box 7
Scrapbook, 1986-1990

Bound scrapbook containing photographs with handwritten identification. A number of looseleaf items laid in front and back.

Box 8

6. Audiovisual, 1996-2003

This series contains research data, a pilot for television that Phelps was involved in creating, and conference material. The titles given are from the labels on the items.

Prog. #010, Disc 1 - Sides 1 & 2, Disc 2 - Side 1, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0017
Prog. #14, Parts 1,2, & 3, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0031
Prog. #019, Parts 1,2, & 3, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0008
Prog. #024, Parts 1,2, & 3, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0007
Prog. #38, Parts 1,2,3 & 4, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0032
Prog. #048, Disc 1 - Sides 1 & 2, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0016
Prog. #104, Disc 1 - Sides 1 & 2, Disc 2 - Side 1, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0020
Prog. #116, Parts 1,2,3, & 4, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0006
Prog. #120, Parts 1,2, & 3, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0005
Prog. #148, Parts 1,2 & 3, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0035
Prog. #204, Part 5, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0034
Prog. #204, Parts 1,2,3 & 4, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0033
Prog. #219, Disc 1 - Sides 1 & 2, Disc 2 - Side 1, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0015
Prog. #227, Parts 1,2,3 & 4, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0029
Prog. #227, Parts 5 & 6, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0030
Prog. #229, Discs 1 & 2, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0014
Prog. #234, Parts 1,2, & 3, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0004
Prog. #307, Part 1 of 2, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0019
Prog. #307, Part 2 of 2, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0038
Prog. #431, Parts 1,2, & 3, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0003
Prog. #439, Parts 1-4, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0018
Prog. #509, Part 5 of 5, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0037
Prog. #509, Parts 1-4 of 5 parts, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0013
Prog. #610, Parts 1,2, & 3, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0012
Prog. #616, Parts 1,2,3 & 4, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0026
Prog. #623, Part 5, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0036
Prog. #623, Parts 1,2,3, & 4, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0002
Prog. #632, Parts 1,2, & 3, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0028
Prog. #633, Parts 1,2, & 3, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0001
Prog. #643, Parts 1,2,3, & 4, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0027
Prog. #648, Parts 1,2,3,4, & 5, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0021
Prog. #648, Parts 6 & 7, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0022
Prog. #651, Parts 1,2,3 & 4, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0023
Prog. #654, Parts 1,2, & 3, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0011
Prog. #658, Parts 1,2,3, & 4, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0010
Prog. #670, Parts 1,2, & 3, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0024
Prog. #672, Parts 1,2,3 & 4, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0025
Prog. #683, Parts 1 & 2, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0009
Phelps: Transfers: Tone Disc 2, Tone Disc 3, 1996
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0041
Phelps: Transfers: Tones Side 1, Ref Tone Side 2, 1996
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0040
Phelps: Edits 062596 - Edit Master, undated
Digital audio tape original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-DAT-0039
Subjid Sample: Disc 1, Sides 1 & 2, undated
Audiocassette original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-CS-0002
Subjid Sample: Disc 2, Sides 1 & 2, undated
Audiocassette original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-CS-0003
Subjid Sample: Disc 3, Side 1, undated
Audiocassette original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-CS-0004
Filtered excerpts, undated
Audiocassette original
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL10178-CS-0001
Women and Work - In the Age of Aguarius [sic - should read Aquarius]. Color 22 min., undated

Copy of film held in the Schlesinger Library at Harvard.

Pilot for a proposed television series intended to provide opportunities for women working outside the home to share their work and family experiences with the viewing audience. The series was never produced.

Guests: Carol M. Huth, Edward J. Huth, Theodora Ooms, Lewis Wechsler. Interviewer: Charlotte D. Phelps. Executive producer and writer, Charlotte D. Phelps; producer-director, David R. Hunt; cinematography, Jeff Hark; editor, Jim Ciarrocchi.

VHS videocasstte original
Box 9
Video-cassette RL10178-VHS-0001
Institutions and Economic Performance: 6th Annual Conference (ISNIE), 2002

See professional service files for conference program.

DVD original
Box 9
Video-disc RL10178-DVD-0001
Institutions and Change: 7th Annual Conference (ISNIE), 2003

See professional service files for conference program.

DVD original
Box 9
Video-disc RL10178-DVD-0002
 

Historical Note

Charlotte Phelps is a Professor of Economics Emerita at Temple University. She graduated with an A.B. in economics, magna cum laude, in 1955 from Radcliffe College. She completed her Ph.D. in Economics in 1961 at Yale University. She was married to Edmund Phelps in 1957 and subsequently divorced in 1969. She was an instructor at Connecticut College in 1961, and a research assistant with the Cowles Foundation for Economic Research from 1963-1965, before she joined the faculty in the Department of Economics at Temple University in 1967, where she remained until her retirement in 2000. After retiring, Charlotte Phelps devoted herself full-time to research.


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Provenance

The Charlotte Phelps Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by: Janice Hansen, November 2014.

Accessions described in this finding aid: 2014-0149