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Allan H. Meltzer Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2011-0001

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains the records of Allan H. Meltzer, a professor of political economy at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business who has also served as a consultant on economic policy for the Congress, U.S. Treasury, Federal Reserve, the World Bank and the U.S. and foreign governments. His teaching and research interests include the history of monetary policy, size of government, macroeconomics, and international financial reform. Included are papers published in academic journals, newspapers and magazines, unpublished papers, correspondence, press and annual reports as well as materials that document his role in the Shadow Open Market Committee (SOMC) and The International Financial Institution Advisory Commission (IFIAC).

Dates

  • 1958-2012

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open without restriciton.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been transferred to Carnegie Mellon University. Standard copyright rules apply.

Biography

Allan H. Meltzer is a professor of political economy at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business where he is the Allan H. Meltzer Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy. He was born in Boston February 6, 1928. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Duke University in 1948 and 1955 and his PhD from UCLA in 1958. He joined the Carnegie Institute of Technology’s Graduate School of Industrial Administration in 1964. His teaching and research interests -- reflected in many of the papers included in his collection -- are monetary policy, size of government, macroeconomics, and international financial reform.

Meltzer has authored many papers and articles -- notably his two volume History of the Federal Reserve. In 1973, he helped found the Shadow Open Market Committee (SOMC), serving as chair until 1999. The SOMC was founded in order to evaluate the policy choices and actions of the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee (FOMC). In 1999-2000, he served as Chairman of the International Financial Institution Advisory Commission (IFIAC), also known as the Meltzer Commission. The Commission proposed major reforms of the International Monetary Fund, especially that of the World Bank. Additionally, he has served on a number of boards--The President's Council of Economic Advisors (1988-1989), Honorary Advisor for the Bank of Japan (1986-2002), and Cooper Tire and Rubber Company (1980-1998). He has acted as a consultant for the U.S. Treasury Department, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and The World Bank. He served on the Council of Economic Advisors for both Presidents Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. He is a former visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute where he was awarded the first ever recipient of the Irving Kristol Award in 2003.

Extent

31.0 Linear feet (33 boxes, 1-32B)

Language

English

Overview

The Allan H. Meltzer Papers, which date from 1958-2012, document Meltzer's career as an economist and professor of political economy at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business. Included are papers published in academic journals, mainstream magazines and newspapers, unpublished materials, correspondence and press, as well as materials that document his role in the Shadow Open Market Committee (SOMC) and The International Financial Institution Advisory Commission (IFIAC).

Arrangement note

The collection is divided into the following eight series:

I. Publications

II. Working Papers/Unpublished Papers

III.Mainstream Newspaper and Magazine Articles

IV. Press

V. IFIAC

VI. Correspondence

VII. Annual Reports

VIII. Miscellaneous

IX. Shadow Open Market Committee

Additional scope and content notes may be found at the series level.

Accruals note

Additional materials accrued October 2011 include some of the materials in series III, as well as all materials in series IV-VIII. Materials accrued in January 2012 include additional correspondence and materials that make up series IX.

Processing Information note

Original accruals were processed by Amy Welch in 2011. Additional accruals and the finding aid were prepared by Jennifer Needham in 2012 and 2013.
Title
Allan H. Meltzer Papers, 1958-2012
Subtitle
2011.0001
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Needham
Date
2013
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Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Carnegie Mellon University Archives Repository

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