Guide to the Frank Allan Hanna Papers, 1850-1936


Frank Allan Hanna was a professor of economics at Duke University from 1948-1972. The collection contains largely bound materials from the Wisconsin State Income Tax Study Hanna worked on but it also includes Hanna family genealogy and ledger books for "Negro Accounts" from the antebellum period and galley proofs for one of Hanna's publications. The collection ranges in date from 1850-1936.

Collection Details

Record Group
Frank Allan Hanna papers
Hanna, Frank Allan, 1907-1978
2.5 Linear Feet, 250 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

This collection contains the work of the Wisconsin Income Tax Commission and its studies between 1929 and 1936. A master tabulating procedures manual is included. Two daybooks from South Carolina, 1850-1855, contain accounts of a store which kept special accounts for African-Americans. The volumes on the genealogy of the Hanna family are to be kept with the papers at the request of Professor Hanna. A set of galley proofs for Institutional Economics by John R. Commons has corrections by Professor Hanna. The collection ranges in date from 1850-1936.

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[Identification of item], Frank Allan Hanna Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Bound documents from the Wisconsin Income Tax Study
Box 1
Bound documents from the Wisconsin Income Tax Study
Box 2
Bound documents from the Wisconsin Income Tax Study
Box 3
Hanna family genealogy booklets
Box 3
Ledger books for African-American [Negro] accounts, 1850-1855
Box 4
Galley proofs
Box 4

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

Frank Allan Hanna was born in Oklahoma City, OK in 1907. He earned his AB in 1933 from the University of Oklahoma and earned both his MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1934 and 1941, respectively. From 1935-1938, Hanna worked as an economist for the Wisconsin State Planning Board, and from 1939-1941, he served as Research Director of the Wisconsin Income Study at the University of Wisconsin. Hanna came to Duke University in 1948 and taught in the Economics Dept. until he retired in 1972. During his career, he published several economics-related works. He died in July 1978.

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The Frank Allan Hanna Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1970.

Processing Information

Processed by Aaron Bluitt, November 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, October 2007

Accession A70-64 is described in this finding aid.