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Preliminary Guide to the Charles F. Roos Papers, 1935-1965

Abstract

Charles Roos was a founder and president of the Econometric Society, and founded the Econometric Institute Inc. in 1938.

Accession (2009-0146) (1950 items; 2.6 lin. ft.; bulk dated 1930s-1950s) consists largely of reports and studies by the Econometrics Institute for various clients, including railroads, paper companies, copper, newspaper, and electric power. Also includes working papers and charts, offprints and reprints, Economic Measures publications, some correspondence, and other miscellaneous materials related to Roos' work, especially post-World War II.

Accession (2013-0024) (1200 items; 2.9 lin. ft.) contains additional reports, studies, and internal correspondence from the the Institute of Applied Econometrics and the Index Number Institute; volumes of Economic Measures and other publications; a photograph of Charles Roos; and a single reel sound recording.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Roos, Charles F., 1901-1958.
Title
Charles F. Roos papers 1935-1965
Language of Material
English
Extent
5.5 Linear Feet, 3150 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Accession (2009-0146) (1950 items; 2.6 lin. ft.; bulk dated 1930s-1950s) consists largely of reports and studies by the Econometrics Institute for various clients, including railroads, paper companies, copper, newspaper, and electric power. Also includes working papers and charts, offprints and reprints, Economic Measures publications, some correspondence, and other miscellaneous materials related to Roos' work, especially post-World War II.

Accession (2013-0024) (1200 items; 2.9 lin. ft.) contains additional reports, studies, and internal correspondence from the the Institute of Applied Econometrics and the Index Number Institute; volumes of Economic Measures and other publications; a photograph of Charles Roos; and a single reel sound recording.

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Contents of the Collection

Accession (2009-0146) (1950 items; 2.6 lin. ft.; bulk dated 1930s-1950s) consists largely of reports and studies by the Econometrics Institute for various clients, including railroads, paper companies, copper, newspaper, and electric power. Also includes working papers and charts, offprints and reprints, Economic Measures publications, some correspondence, and other miscellaneous materials related to Roos' work, especially post-World War II.

Booklet on services furnished to clients
Box 1
Ledger sheet of Institute clients, Dec. 31, 1949
Box 1
Newspaper and magazine clients of Index Number Institute
Box 1
Bank and other companies who were clients of Index Number Institute on May 5, 1947
Box 1
Roos and Von Szeliski: Demand for Durable Goods
Box 1
Non-ferrous metal report, Sept. 1949
Box 1
Retail Trade report, Feb. 1949
Box 1
Beer report, June 1950
Box 1
Pittsfield Community Study, Sept. 1948
Box 1
Correspondence
Box 1
Podea's work as international economic consultant to India, post-Institute (International Technical Development)
Box 1
Bound list of clients, 1949
Box 1
Institute correspondence (2 folders)
Box 1
Charles Roos' death, 1958
Box 1
Economic Measures (various reports and papers)
Box 1
Various books from the Institute Library
Box 1
Loose-leaf notebook with working papers (1944-1947) and Economic Measures (1947)
Box 1
Notebook with charts used by C.F. Roos at the NAM, 1948
Box 1
Notebook with Outlook for Retail Trade, Oct. 15, 1944
Box 1
Outlook for Retail Trade, 1944
Box 2
Economic Measures (various reports and papers) (2 folders)
Box 2
Petroleum Industry
Box 2
Newsprint
Box 2
Income Payments
Box 2
Retail Trade
Box 2
Paper Industry
Box 2
Copper
Box 3
Electric Power
Box 3
Railroad
Box 3
Jewelry Sales
Box 3
Railroad Equipment
Box 3
Punchcard operation manual, 1942
Box 3
World Resources and Energy (coal study)
Box 3
Banking memoranda, 1940s-1950s
Box 3
Kaiser-Frazer operation
Box 3
Wood Pulp Study, 1949
Box 3
Monsanto Chemical tax relief
Box 3
Economic Measures charts, 1945
Box 3
Economic Measures, 1947
Box 3
Newsprint Problem, 1949
Box 4
Union Bag study, 1947
Box 4
Construction Industry report, undated
Box 4
Beer Industry
Box 4
Wood Rosin and Fir Doors demand, 1940s
Box 4
Notebook with various econometric reports
Box 4
Economic Measures, 1954
Box 4
Newspaper Circulation study, 1947
Box 4
Various Institute reports, correspondence, and charts
Box 4
Defiance Machine Works
Box 4
Econometric Meeting, 1932
Box 4
General Outlook American Economy, 1949-1960 and Statistics and Economics of Housing
Box 4
Various reports and off-prints, 1930s-1950s
Box 5
Volumes 12 - 13
(2 folders)
Box 6
Volume 13
Box 6
Volume 14
(2 folders)
Box 6
Volume 15
(2 folders)
Box 6
Volume 16
(2 folders)
Box 6
Volume 19
(2 folders)
Box 6
Volume 20
(2 folders)
Box 6
Volume 21
Box 6
Summary, 1948
Box 6
Index Number Institute work papers, stock certificates and corporate minutes, 1943
Box 6
Studies on 14 basic industries, 1949
Box 6
Institute of Applied Econometrics lead industry report, 1942
Box 6
Internal work papers, 1940-1944
Box 6
Institute of Applied Econometrics reports on various industries, 1942
(2 folders)
Box 6
Internal correspondence and reports, 1940-1949
Box 6
Measuring Business Cycles by Arthur Burns and Wesley Mitchell, 1946
Box 7
Here's the Record, 1938-1947
Box 7
Miscellaneous personnel records and notes
Box 7
Publicaations by Charles Roos
Box 7
Irving Fisher article, 1934
Box 7
Business Tides, 1941
Box 7
National Income by Paul Boschan, 1950
Box 7
Photograph of Charles Roos
Box 7
Economic Measures basic indexes and forecasting techniques, 1944 to 1950
Box 8
Book of charts and calculations, 1919 - 1938 and internal work papers, 1945
Box 9

Historical Note

Charles F. Roos was a well-known mathematician, economist, and statistician who was a founder and president of the Econometric Society in the 1930s. In 1938, Roos formed the Econometric Institute Inc., which was a research and consulting firm for communities and companies throughout the United States. According to J.W. Nixon's biography for the International Statistical Institute (ISI), of which Roos was an elected member, Roos was the first "to use the concept of disposable personal income in the analysis of consumer demand and size of markets." Nixon goes on to explain that Roos also "originated the concept of corporate purchasing power and used it to help explain the demand for machinery and equipment."

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles F. Roos Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Charles F. Roos Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2009 and 2013.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Meghan Lyon, August 2009

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, August 2009 and Rachel Penniman, March 2013

Accessions described in this finding aid: 2009-0146 and 2013-0024.

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.