Correspondence, reports, and photographs relating to economic conditions in the Balkans and Near East, to American commerce
with Turkey, and to the American war economy during World War II.
Eliot Grinnell Mears was born in 1889 in Massachusetts. He attended Harvard College and graduated with his M.B.A. from the
Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1912. In 1916 he joined the United States Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce.
He served as the Chief of the Foreign Service Division, the American Trade Commissioner in the Near East, and the U.S. Trade
Commissioner in Turkey from 1919 to 1920. During this time he operated primarily out of Constantinople and Athens and focused
on capital flow in the defeated Ottoman Empire, chiefly the Mediterranean and the Balkans. In 1921, Mears came to Stanford
University as an economics professor and as staff at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He became the director of the
Hoover Library on War, Revolution, and Peace in 1924. Mears died from a heart attack in 1946 while on sabbatical from the
2 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize boxes
4.55 linear feet
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Collection is open for research.