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Wesley Clair Mitchell papers, 1898-1953

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: Ms Coll\Mitchell
Bib ID 4079117 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Mitchell, Wesley C (Wesley Clair), 1874-1948
Title Wesley Clair Mitchell papers, 1898-1953
Physical Description 22.5 linear feet (50 boxes (24000 items))
Language(s) English .

The following boxes are located off-site: 1-6; 15-49. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library 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.



Selectively cataloged; remainder arranged. chronological by subject: A=Economic theory & its history; B=Business cycles; C=Correspondence (cataloged); M=Money, etc.; N=National planning; O=Anthropology & psychology; P=Published materials; P-WCM=Published materials by Mitchell; X=Miscellaneous; & Addition 1998.


Scope and Content

Professional correspondence, diaries, unpublished articles, lecture notes, abstracts, and other manuscripts by Mitchell. Subjects include economic theory and its history, business cycles, money, national planing, anthropology and psychology, and published material by Mitchell and others.


AAAS American Association for the Advancement of Science

AEA American Economic Association

ASA American Statistical Association

BASM The Backward Art of Apending Money

BC Business Cycle; (13) denotes 1913 volume, (27) denotes 1927 volume

BC "Business Cycles" course

BCU Business Cycles and Unemployment

EC "Economic Change" course

EH "Economic History" course

EO "Econimic Origins" course

GPW Gold, Prices, and Wages under the Greenback Standard

HG A History of Greenbacks

HP History of Prices Dirung the War

ILO International Labor Organization

ISI International Statistical Institute

LSM Lucy Sprague Mitchell (wife)

M "Money" course

MBB Measuring Business Cycles

ME "Money Economy" course

MUNI Making and Using Index Numbers

NB National Bureau of Economic Research

NRB National Resources Board

NRC National Resources Committee

SSRC Social Science Research Council

TP "Types of Economic Throey" copurse

WCM Wesley Clair Mitchell

WHDBC What Happens during Business Cycles

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

The following boxes are located off-site: 1-6; 15-49. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library 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. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Wesley Clair Mitchell Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

See also: Ms Coll/Mitchell, L.S. The Papers of Lucy Sprague Mitchell


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Reproduction Note

Mitchell's diaries for 1905 to 1948 are available on: Type of reproduction--microfilm

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of the widow and heirs of Prof. Mitchell, 1950.

Gift of the University of Connecticut, 1998.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Widow and heirs of Wesley Clair Mitchell. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1950. Accession number--M-50.

Diaries & additional papers: Source of acquisition--Connecticut, University of. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--09/30/1998. Accession number--M-98-09-30.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/1989.

Diaries & additional papers Procedded HR 10/26/1998.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

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

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Abstracts (summaries) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bibliographies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Charts (graphic documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drafts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Examinations (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Excerpts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
First drafts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Invitations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lectures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lists (document genres) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Outlines (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prefaces Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Programs (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Questionnaires Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reviews (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Summaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Anthropology Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Beveridge, William Henry Beveridge, Baron, 1879-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clark, John Maurice, 1884-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- Faculty Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Commons, John R (John Rogers), 1862-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dewey, John, 1859-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Economic policy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Economics -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Economics -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Economists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Finance Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fisher, Irving, 1867-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gay, Edwin F (Edwin Francis), 1867-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hand, Learned, 1872-1961 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hayek, Friedrich A. von (Friedrich August), 1899-1992 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Keynes, John Maynard, 1883-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lynd, Robert Staughton, 1892-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mitchell, Lucy Sprague, 1878-1967 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Money Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
National Bureau of Economic Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y. : 1919-1997) -- Faculty Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Psychology Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Taussig, F. W (Frank William), 1859-1940 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Translations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
University of California, Berkeley -- Faculty Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Veblen, Thorstein, 1857-1929 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

American economist, teacher. Professor of economics at Berkeley, 1903-1912, and at Columbia University, 1913-1919 and 1922-1944; a founding faculty member of the New School for Social Research, 1919-1922; and the founder and director of the National Bureau of Economic Research, 1920-1945. In 1912, he married Lucy Sprague, educator and founder of Bank Street College of Education.