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Richard Cyert Collection

 Series
Identifier: 1999-02

Scope and Contents note

The Richard M. Cyert Collection is housed in five archival boxes and is arranged in four series. Series have been designated for Correspondence, Associations and Activities, Photographic Materials and Miscellaneous materials. Materials within each series are arranged alphabetically by folder title. The collection contains paper based materials and photographs as well as VHS and audio cassette tapes.

The Richard M. Cyert Collection contains documents generated by Cyert’s interests and activities not directly associated with his presidency of CMU. Though some overlap will exist between this collection and the larger collection of Cyert material in the CMU archive’s Presidential Papers collection, these materials best reflects Cyert’s activities outside his presidency.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1995-1998
  • 1962-1999

Creator

Restrictions

None

Biographical/Historical note

Richard M. Cyert (1921-1998) acted as President of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) from 1972 to 1990, was an active member of CMU’s Graduate School of Industrial Administration, and a recognized pioneer in management theories of the firm. His influence on CMU extends beyond his years as university president. As President, Cyert led the university to fiscal surplus and increased the university’s national prominence in the areas of computer science. Following his presidency, Cyert remained with CMU as both a professor and a dean of CMU’s Graduate School of Industrial Administration.

Cyert authored several books, including the canonical Theory of the Firm, and over one hundred academic articles on management theory and economics. His expertise brought him into collaboration with leaders in the fields of economics, management, and computer science. Cyert was also involved with an assortment of Pittsburgh institutions, including notables such as the Pittsburgh Pirates, the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and the Western Pennsylvania Historical Society.

The dedication of Cyert Hall on CMU campus in 1993 reflects the recognition of his achievements and the breadth of his stature, as ceremonies included respected colleagues and frequent collaborators Morris DeGroot and Nobel Prize winner Herbert M. Cyert. Cyert’s death in 1998 followed a long battle with cancer and prompted recognition of his contributions through a memorial service at CMU as well as the creation of the Richard M. Cyert Chair of Molecular Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.

Extent

5.0 Linear feet (5 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

Richard Cyert was President of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) from 1972 to 1990, an active member of CMU’s Graduate School of Industrial Administration, and a recognized pioneer in management theories of the firm. This collection contains contains documents generated by Cyert’s interests and activities not directly associated with his presidency of CMU and includes correspondence, photographs, video, and other miscellaneous materials.

Provenance

Richard M. Cyert Collection was donated to the University Archives in 1999 by Mrs. Margaret Cyert (FF1-FF74) (Series I: Correspondence & Series II: Associations and Activities).

Additional materials were donated to the University Archives June 11, 2012 by Cindy Cyert Steffes. They include photographic albums, arranged chronologically, and commencement albums, also with photographs. A bound copy of Richard M. Cyert’s dissertation was included also (Series III: Photographic Materials & Series IV: Misc.).

Separated Materials note

Commencement albums (1973-1980) from addition on June 11, 2012 were moved to Student Activities collection - Student Senate – Commencement, where other similar albums already existed, on June 11, 2012.

Processor

Molly Anne Tighe, information assistant, July 2007 and additions processed by J. Dustin Williams, University Archivsit, June 2012.
Title
Richard Cyert Collection, 1962-1999
Subtitle
1999.02
Author
Finding aid prepared by Molly Anne Tighe July 2007.
Date
July 2007 and June 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Carnegie Mellon University Archives Repository

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