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Gay (Edwin Francis) Papers
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A collection of personal and professional material related to Edwin Francis Gay's life and career as an American economist and historian.
Edwin Francis Gay (1867-1946) was an American economist and historian. Gay was born on October 27, 1867, the son of Aaron F. Gay and Mary (Loud) Gay. He graduated from the University of Michigan, and afterwards did graduate work in Germany and received his Ph.D. from the University of Berlin in 1902. In 1893, he married Louise FitzRandolph; the couple had two children: Edward Randolph Gay and Margaret Gay Davies. Gay was first affiliated with Harvard University from 1901 to 1919, first as assistant professor and then professor of economics. In 1908, he became the first the Dean of Harvard Business School. During World War I he served as director of the Division of Statistics of the United States Shipping Board, and the Imports Bureau of the War Trade Board; he was also a member of the War Industries Board. From 1919 to 1923 Gay was editor of the New York Evening Post. In addition to his other work, Gay co-founded the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the Council of Foreign Relations. In 1924, he returned to Harvard University as Professor of Economic History. In 1936, he accepted a research position at the Huntington Library; in 1941 Gay was appointed Chairman of the Research Group and he remained in this position until his death in 1946.
163.45 Linear Feet (206 boxes)
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