Guide to the Charlotte Phelps Papers, 1955-2013
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 Number
- Charlotte Phelps papers
- Phelps, Charlotte
- 6.5 Linear Feet, 12 boxes
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
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 Unpublished works such as conference papers can be found in a compilation of materials prepared for a promotion and tenure committee, along with further correspondence,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.
Access to the Collection
Collection is open for research.
Original audiovisual and electronic media is closed to use. Contact Research Services in advance to request the production of use copies.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Charlotte Phelps Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
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.
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.
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.
Includes drafts and notes for research on the relationship between mother-child interactions during early childhood and economic outcomes in adulthood.
Includes drafts and research materials for long-term study on the relationship between mother-child interactions during early childhood and women's economic outcomes in adulthood.
Offprint from the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Vol. 45 (2001) 293-300.
Offprint from the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 15 (1991) 91-113.
Includes drafts, research materials, and grant applications for ressearch project on the relationship between mother-child interaction and adult economic outcomes.
Includes notes and correspondence related to republication of article titled The Evolution of Caring in a collected volume.
Includes notes on statistical analyses of determinants of family income.
Includes notes and materials for statistical analyses of birth rates.
Includes notes, research materials, and presentation slides for project on personality as a driver of behavior in marriage markets.
Reprinted from the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization Vol. 37 (1998) 151-168.
Includes notes and drafts.
Bound volume. A dissertation presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Yale University in candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
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."
Offprint from Economic Psychology of the Family
Includes materials for Fullbright grant to conduct research at the Max-Planck Institute.
Includes drafts, notes, grant applications, and related correspondence for project studying the relationships between the warmth of a mother's voice in interactions with offspring during early childhood and offspring's economic outcomes in adulthood.
Includes drafts and research materials for project on choice of occupation, earnings, and work satisfaction.
A report prepared by Charlotte Phelps on her usage of a grant from Temple University.
Includes materials for application to Radcliffe Institue Fellowship program.
Reprint from The American Economic Review, Vol LIX, September, 1969.
Includes resources for research on psychological impact of voice affect in interactions.
Includes research materials for project investigating relationship between mothers' traits and offspring outcomes in adulthood using dataset on patterns of child rearing compiled by Robert Sears, Eleanor Maccoby, Harry Levin, David McClelland, and Carol Franz.
Reader comments inlaid. Phelps notes: "Paper submitted for honors program. I graduated Magna cum laude. Radcliffe College."
A Report of a Survey of Temple University Students, 1980, with related findings.
Includes drafts and notes for research on cooperative adaptation in hierarchies based on ideas in Oliver Williamson's work.
Offprint from the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 27 (1995) 49-67.
Included are a collection of documents for Phelps' promotion and tenure, conference documents, and other documents related to her professional service.
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.
Letters, grant proposals, research and project descriptions.
Course evaluations, letters, conferences, and other miscellaneous documentation.
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."
Photocopies of short articles, handbook entries, and other articles.
Correspondence with renowned economists.
2 vols. Conference proceedings.
See audiovisual materials for material related to these conferences.
IAREP/SABE. Program and abstracts.
IAREP/SABE/ICABEEP. Program and proceedings.
Miscellaneous personal documents.
Contains engagement announcement, wedding and honeymoon photographs, and various letters from Edmund (Ned) Phelps and addressed to them as a couple.
One folder of photographs. Some labeled, some not. Personal and academic photographs.
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.
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.
See professional service files for conference program.
See professional service files for conference program.
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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The Charlotte Phelps Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2014 and 2018.
Processed by: Janice Hansen, November 2014. Updated by Jonathan Cogliano, June 2018.
Accessions described in this finding aid: 2014-0149, 2018-0047