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Department of Economics records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-16.38

Scope and Contents

The records of the economics department include newsletters, program brochures, the booklet “So You Have to Write an Economics Term Paper,” and workshop materials. The folder “Reports by MSU professors of Economics” contains “Sales Tax Exemption of Producer Goods” by Denzel Cline, “A Follow Through in the Community” report from the 1952 Workshop on Economic Education, and “A Critical Evaluation of General Development Plans and Theories for the Underdeveloped Areas of the World - The Latin American Experience” by Pedro Teichert.


  • Creation: 1941, 1951-2011


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Historical Note

Classes in economics were first taught as political economy classes at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) starting in 1858. The Department of Political Economy was created in 1875. In 1883, it merged with the history department to become the Department of History and Political Economy. In 1899, the Department of Economics and Political Science was created. In 1908, the department changed to history and economics, and in 1916 each became their own department. In 1946, the department was administered by the School of Science and Arts. In 1949, it was administered by the School of Business and Public Service and continued to be administered by the Business College until 2001. The Department of Economics has been administered by the College of Social Science since 2002.


0.25 Cubic Feet (, 9 folders)

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Related Archival Materials

Also of note are photographs of a joint workshop between the Economics Department and the Continuing Education Service. The photographs are in the Information Services Collection (UA 8.1).

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Department of Economics Records
4 Published And Cataloged
S. Roberts
March 2009
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US