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  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: Vervon Orval Watts papers
    Date (inclusive): 1920-1983
    Collection Number: 83064
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 24 manuscript boxes (9.6 linear feet)
    Abstract: The Vervon Orval Watts papers document the life and career of a conservative economist, academic, and opinion maker. An early critic of the New Deal, Watts maintained a lifelong commitment to laissez-faire principles, opposing government intervention in the economy and most social welfare programs. He sought to popularize these ideas by communicating them to a broad audience. The papers are largely comprised of writings, research materials, writings by others, and printed matter.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Watts, Vervon Orval, 1898-

    Access

    Collection is open for research. The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], V. Orval (Vervon Orval) Watts papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1983.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1898 Born, Manitoba, Canada
    1918 Graduated from University of Manitoba
    1923 M.A., Harvard University
    circa 1920s Ph.D., Harvard University
    circa 1925-1939 Taught at various colleges and universities, including Clark University, Harvard University, Wellesley, Antioch College, Carlton College, Claremont Men's College, Pepperdine University, and Campbell College
    1939 Economist, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
    1944 Author, Do We Want Free Enterprise?
    1946- Economic advisor, Foundation for Economic Education (FEE)
    1952 Author, Away From Freedom
    1954 Author, Union Monopoly
    1955 Author, United Nations: Planned Tyranny
    1963-1984 Director of economic education and chairman of the Division of Social Studies, Northwood University
    1976 Author, Politics vs. Prosperity

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Vervon Orval Watts papers document the life and career of a conservative economist, academic, and opinion maker. An early critic of the New Deal, Watts maintained a lifelong commitment to laissez-faire principles, opposing government intervention in the economy and most social welfare programs. He sought to popularize these ideas by communicating them to a broad audience. The papers are largely comprised of writings, research materials, writings by others, and printed matter. The extensive speeches and writings series in the collection contains many of Watts's articles, speeches, and pamphlets, as well as several monographs that he wrote or edited. The series also includes work that Watts did as a publicist and speechwriter for the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, including the texts of many lectures that he gave. The collection also has an extensive subject file, comprised largely of clippings and articles, that reflects Watt's many research interests. Watts had a long teaching career, and the academic file in the collection contains course materials, lecture notes, and syllabi relating to classes he gave at several institutions. Additionally, the file has a number of materials from Watts's time as a student, including papers that he wrote. The papers also have a large amount of reading and lecture notes that he made as a student. The papers have a significant number of speeches and writings by other individuals, mainly on economic issues. There are also many pamphlets collected by Watts in the printed matter series of the papers, ones largely written by conservative authors.

    Arrangement

    The collection is organized into 10 series: Biographical file; Correspondence; Speeches and writings; Transcripts; Nores; Academic file; Subject file; Speeches and writings by others; Miscellany; and Printed matter

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Economics.
    Economists.
    Laissez-faire.
    United States--Economic conditions.