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Guide to the Charles A. Lave Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Important Information for Researchers
  • Biography
  • Bibliography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Separation Note
  • Processing Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Charles A. Lave papers
    Date: 1960-2008
    Collection Number: MS-F030
    Creator: Lave, Charles A.
    Extent: 16 linear feet (16 boxes)
    Languages: The collection is in English.
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: The collection comprises the papers of economics professor Charles A. Lave, pioneer in the field of transportation economy and co-founder of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Materials document his research on mass transit, fuel economy and other areas.

    Important Information for Researchers

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Charles A. Lave Papers. MS-F030. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Lave's wife, Bethany Mendenhall in 2008.

    Processing History

    Processed by Michelle Light and Cyndi Shein in 2008.

    Biography

    Charles A. Lave was a pioneer in transportation economy and a driving force behind the social science programs at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Lave began his academic career at UCI in 1966 as one of the first faculty members in the School of Social Science. Although he spent his entire academic career at UCI, he also held visiting faculty positions at other universities, including MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, and Stanford. Lave served UCI throughout his career; he co-founded the Institute of Transportation Studies, served as faculty chair four times, and served as chair of the Economics Department four times. Lave was also instrumental in establishing UCI's faculty housing, University Hills, and served as its first chairman of the board of directors. Lave served on almost every Academic Senate committee, frequently as chair or co-chair. He served as the vice-chair and faculty representative to the design committee for UCI's Social Science Plaza buildings. Lave was also very concerned with improving students' abilities to communicate clearly and, to that end, was very active on UCI's Writing Task Force.
    Lave oversaw the design and approval of UCI's Ph.D. program in Economics, followed later by its innovative Ph.D. programs in Transportation Science and Transportation Economics. An expert in energy use, he was also known for his carefully reasoned opposition to rail transit systems and the practice of reducing speed limits to reduce transportation energy consumption. Lave also played a major role in an influential National Research Council Report on the energy and safety impacts of U.S. light duty vehicle fuel economy standards.
    Lave was an early proponent of interdisciplinary research and co-authored several papers with anthropologists and engineers. He also co-authored an introductory textbook on interdisciplinary social science studies. Lave remained active after his retirement from UCI in 1999. His extraordinary service and accomplishments were recognized through the UCI Alumni Association's Extraordinarius Award in 1993 and the Daniel G. Aldrich Distinguished University Service Award in 2000.

    Biography/Organization History

    Chronology

    1938 May Born in Pennsylvania.
    1960 Earns B.A. in Political Science from Reed College.
    1966 Joins faculty of Department of Economics at UCI.
    1968 Earns Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.
    1975 Co-authors An Introduction to Models in the Social Sciences with James A. March. New York: Harper and Row.
    1976 Founding member of Institute of Transportation Studies at UCI.
    1978-1981 Chairs the Faculty of the School of Social Sciences at UCI.
    1978-1983 Chairs the Department of Economics at UCI.
    1979 Co-authors Education and Cognitive Development: The Evidence from Experimental Research with Donald Sharp and Michael Cole. Chicago: Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development.
    1980 Dutch edition of An Introduction to Models in the Social Sciences is published.
    1983-1984 Chairs the Faculty of the School of Social Sciences at UCI.
    1983-1987 Chairs the Board of Directors of University Hills at UCI.
    1985 Edits Urban Transit: The Private Challenge to Public Transportation. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Ballinger Press.
    1985-1986 Chairs the Department of Economics at UCI.
    1987 Receives Pyke Johnson award for outstanding paper at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board.
    1987-1988 Chairs the Faculty of the School of Social Sciences at UCI.
    1989-1992 Chairs the Department of Economics at UCI.
    1991-1997 Serves as representative for the American Economics Association on the Board of Directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
    1993 Receives Extraordinarius Award from UCI for outstanding career contribution in community service, research, and teaching.
    1994 Japanese edition of An Introduction to Models in the Social Sciences is published.
    1994-1997 Chairs the Faculty of the School of Social Sciences at UCI.
    1995 Associate director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UCI.
    1995-1997 Director of the Graduate Program in Transportation Sciences at UCI.
    2000 Receives Daniel G. Aldrich Distinguished University Service Award, the highest honor given at UCI.
    2001 Granted professor emeritus status at UCI.
    2008 UCI Economics Department establishes an endowment in Lave's memory, the Charles A. Lave Paper Prize for the most Creative Modeling in Social Sciences.

    Bibliography

    University of California, Irvine. School of Social Sciences. Department of Economics. "Spotlight: Charles Lave." University of California, Irvine. August 8, 2008. http://www.economics.uci.edu/?p=139 (accessed August 20, 2008).
    University of California, Irvine. School of Social Sciences. Department of Economics. "Charles A. Lave, Curriculum Vitae." University of California, Irvine. August 8, 2001. http://www.economics.uci.edu/personnel/lave/lave.html (accessed August 20, 2008).

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The collection comprises the papers of economics professor Charles A. Lave, pioneer in the field of transportation economy and co-founder of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Materials document his research on mass transit, fuel economy and other areas. Materials include speeches, reprints, correspondence, notes, articles, reports, clippings, UCI teaching files, photographs, and subject files.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in three series.
    • Series 1. Professional files, 1960-2008. 3 linear feet
    • Series 2. Subject files, 1971-2006. 11.2 linear feet
    • Series 3. University of California, Irvine files, 1972-1999. 1.8 linear feet

    Separation Note

    Multiple publications were removed from this collection and cataloged separately in the library's online catalog ANTPAC. 

    Processing Note

    This collection has been minimally processed. All dates are approximate.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Lave, Charles A. -- Archives.
    University of California, Irvine -- Faculty -- Archives.
    Transportation studies -- 20th century -- California.
    Transportation, Automotive -- United States -- Archives.
    Local transit -- United States -- Archives.
    Urban transportation -- California -- Archives.
    University Hills (Irvine, Calif.) -- Archives.

    Occupations

    Economists.
    Social scientists.