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Box 1-2, Cataloged correspondence, A-Z; Box 3-4, Arranged correspondence, A-Z; Box 5-77, Subject and name file, A-Z; Box 77, Miscellaneous; Box 78-88, Mss. by Dorfman.
Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, documents, book typescripts, photographs, and printed materials covering the time from Dorfman's early interest, as a graduate student, in the economic thought of Thorstein Veblen until his retirement. There is correspondence with his academic colleagues, students, publishers, and the family and students of Thorstein Veblen, as well as manuscripts, typescripts, drafts, revisions, notes, photographs, pamphlets, and related materials for his articles and books which include: THORSTEIN VEBLEN AND HIS AMERICA, 1934; THE ECONOMIC MIND IN AMERICAN CIVILIZATION, 1946-1959; EARLY AMERICAN POLICY, 1960; INSTITUTIONAL ECONOMICS, 1963; TYPES OF ECONOMIC THEORY, 1967; and NEW LIGHT ON VEBLEN, 1973
There are manuscript and typescript notes for articles on John Bates Clark, Wesley C. Mitchell, Edwin R. A. Seligman, and Rexford G. Tugwell, as well as lectures and articles by these professors. There are Dorfman's own lectures, lecture notes, reading lists, and other course materials, drafts for articles, as well as notes and related papers for many conferences on economics.
There are small groups of correspondence files and papers acquired from other economists, such as John Bates Clark, John Maurice Clark, H. J. Davenport, N. A. L. J. Johannsen, Roswell C. McCrea, Wesley C. Mitchell, Edwin R. A. Seligman, Rexford G. Tugwell, and Thorstein Veblen. Among the cataloged correspondence are: Roger Nash Baldwin, Wesley C. Mitchell, Lewis Mumford, George Bernard Shaw, Upton Sinclair, and Thorstein Veblen.
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You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 3-88. 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. 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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Joseph Dorfman papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Alternate Form Available
2 W.C. Mitchell manuscripts from Box 38 ("Criticism of Modern Civilization", 40p. & "Money, Economy and Modern Civilization", 56p.): are also available on microfilm.
Boxes 61-64 containing correspondence of and about Veblen are also available on microfilm.
Boxes 67-70 containing student's class notes on Thorstein Veblen's lectures are also available on microfilm.
Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of Mrs Joseph Dorfman, 1987 & 1992.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Dorfman, Mrs. Joseph. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--10/29/87. Accession number--M-87-10-29.
Microfilm of 2 W.C. Mitchell manuscripts: Method of acquisition--Addition; Date of acquisition--1993. Accession number--M-1993.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Processed HR 11/21/89.
Microfilm of 2 W.C. Mitchell manuscripts Processed HR 10/14/94.
2020-03-27 EAD container listed created. CCR.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
American economic historian, teacher. Professor of Economics at Columbia University since 1931. He died in 1991.