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James C. Bonbright papers, 1921-1983

Summary Information


This collection contains the papers of James Cummings Bonbright, Columbia University professor of finance and Chairman of New York State Power Authority.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0131
Bib ID 4078489 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Bonbright, James C (James Cummings), 1891-1985 ; Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941 ; Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965 ; Lehman, Herbert H (Herbert Henry), 1878-1963 ; Morse, Wayne L (Wayne Lyman), 1900-1974 ; Roosevelt, Franklin D (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 ; Seligman, Edwin R. A (Edwin Robert Anderson), 1861-1939 ; Mitchell, Wesley C (Wesley Clair), 1874-1948
Title James C. Bonbright papers, 1921-1983
Physical Description 2 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language(s) English .

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Selective items cataloged; remainder arranged alphabetically by personal or corporate name. This collection is arranged in one series.


Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, reports, notes, documents and printed materials chiefly concerning the regulation and finance of public utilities. The correspondence is with other professors, officials of federal and state utility commissions and public utility companies such as Gordon E. Carey, Commonwealth Edison Company, Joseph C. Eastman, Interstate Commerce Commission, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the New York State Power Authority. Major correspondents include Louis D. Brandeis, Felix Frankfurter, Herbert H. Lehman, Wayne Morse, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Also included is one group photograph of Bonbright with members of the Columbia University Economics Department, including Edwin R. A. Seligman and Wesley Clair Mitchell.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); James C. Bonbright papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. James C. Bonbright, 1986.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed 10/29/88.

Revision Description

2012-02-21 xml document instance created by Alison Rhonemus

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Economists -- United States -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Public utilities -- Law and legislation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

James Cummings Bonbright, 1891-1985 (Columbia Ph.D., 1921), professor of finance, Columbia University, 1920-1961; Vice-Chairman and Chairman, N.Y. State Power Authority, 1934-1947; consultant on finance of public utilities.

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Series I: James Cummings Bonbright Papers, 1921-1983

Cataloged Correspondence and Documents

Box 1 Brandeis, Louis Dembitz

Box 1 Burns, Arthur Francis

Box 1 Clark, John Maurice

Box 1 Dewey, Thomas E.

Box 1 Douglas, Paul Howard

Box 1 Douglas, William Orville

Box 1 Frankfurter, Felix

Box 1 Hutchins, Robert Maynard

Box 1 Lehman, Herbert H.

Box 1 Mitchell, Wesley Clair

Box 1 Morse, Wayne

Box 1 Rockefeller, Nelson A.

Box 1 Roosevelt, Eleanor (Mrs. F.D.)

Box 1 Roosevelt, Franklin Delano

Box 1 Smith, Alfred E.

Arranged Correspondence, Manuscripts and Documents

Box 1 A - Am

Box 1 American Philosophical Society

Box 1 American Telephone and Telegraph Company

Box 1 Anderson, Arthur, & Co.

Box 1 B - Ba

Box 1 Baxter, William

Box 1 Bl

Box 1 Bliss, John Alden

Box 1 Bo - Br

Box 1 Bu

Box 2 C - Ce

Box 2 Ch

Box 2 Chicago and Northwestern Railway Affadvits of, 1957

Box 2 Coa

Box 2 Columbia Gas System - Deman (or Allocation) Correspondence

Box 2 Columbia University - President, Secretary, Provost

Columbia University Press

Box 2 Reviews - of Principles of rates

Box 2 Complimentary copies of principles

Columbia University Council for Research in the Social Sciences

Box 2 (my project 170)

Box 2 The "Bonbright" Report

Box 2 Commonwealth Edison Co.

Box 2 Coo - Cou

Box 2 Corey, Gordon

Box 2 Cr - Cu

Box 2 D - Da

Box 2 De - Di

Box 2 Dean's Railroad Rate - documents of April (?), 1968

Box 2 Dohr, James L.

Box 2 Don - Du

Box 2 E - Em

Box 2 Eastman, Joseph B.

Box 2 En

Box 2 Fa - Fe

Box 2 Federal Power Commission

Box 2 Fi

Box 2 Fo

Box 2 Ford Foundation Fellowship - Non- Financial acct. no. 327-957-19

Box 3 Ge

Box 3 General Public Utilities Stucy - cost allocation

Box 3 Gi

Box 3 Governor's Committee on Power Resources

Box 3 Gr

Box 3 Har - Haw

Box 3 Hea - Hel

Box 3 Her

Box 3 Hi

Box 3 Ho

Box 3 I

Box 3 Interstate Commerce Commission

Box 3 Iowa State Utility Conference 1962, 1963, 1968, 1962, 1963, 1968

Box 3 J

Box 3 Japanese Friends of, 1966

Box 3 Ka - Ke

Box 3 Ki - Kz

Box 3 La

Box 3 Le

Box 3 Li

Box 3 Lo - Ly

Box 3 Long Island Lights Co. letters

Box 3 Ma

Box 3 Me

Box 3 Mi

Box 3 Mo

Box 4 Na - Ne

Box 4 No

Box 4 New York Telephone Co. 1968 - 69, 1968

Box 4 O

Box 4 P

Box 4 Penn Central - Payment for New Haven R. R.

Box 4 Pl

Box 4 Q

Box 4 R

Box 4 Ro

Box 4 Rockefeller Foundation Grant

Box 4 Roosevelt, President Franklin D.

Box 4 Ross, Clarence

Box 4 Scharff, Maurice

Box 4 Sche - Schw

Box 4 Se

Box 4 Si - Sl

Box 4 Sm - Sp

Box 4 Sta

Box 4 Sti - Str

Box 4 Swidler, Joseph

Box 4 T

Box 4 Tennessee Valley Authority

Box 4 U

Box 4 V

Box 4 Valuation of property

Box 4 Vilarasau, Josie

Box 4 W

Box 4 We

Box 4 Wh

Box 4 X - Y

Mapcase 14 - P - 2 One oversized photograph of James C. Bonbright and Columbia University Economics Department Faculty