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Allan Murray Cartter papers, 1952-1975
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    Title: Allan Murray Cartter papers
    Date (inclusive): 1952-1975
    Collection number: 1488
    Creator: Cartter, Allan Murray
    Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Allan Murray Cartter (1922-1976) was an accomplished economist, scholar, and professor. He is known for his many contributions in graduate education evaluation, income analysis, and research in education. The collection contains a sampling of some his academic and professional contributions, mainly from the latter years of his career as an educator and administrator.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of the estate of Allan M. Cartter, May 1989.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Jesse Erickson in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser, August 2011.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Allan Murray Cartter papers (Collection 1488). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4232668 


    Allan Murray Cartter (1922-1976) was born in Plainfield, New Jersey. He completed his undergraduate studies at Colgate University where he received his B.A. in 1946. He attended Yale University where he earned his M.A. in 1949 and his Ph.D. in1952. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945. Cartter served dual positions as both professor in the Duke Economics Department and as Dean of the Graduate School from 1959 to 1962. In 1963, Cartter secured a new professorship at New York University, where he later served as the university chancellor from 1966 to 1972. He was also served as vice president of the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C from 1963 to 1966. In 1973, Cartter accepted a position at UCLA where he was Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Laboratory for Research on Higher Education.
    Cartter's specializations were in education and economics. His more specific research interests included the evaluation of graduate education, national income analysis, and labor and tax policy. His Rating of Graduate Schools: An Assessment of Quality in Graduate Education became a national standard and set the precedent in terms of its quality for future studies of this kind. Other important works from Cartter include Higher Education: Who Pays? Who Benefits? Who Should Pay? (McGraw Hill: 1973), and Ph.D.s and the Academic Labor Market (McGraw Hill: 1976). He died on August 4, 1976 in Los Angeles, California.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of various pamphlets, transcripts, and evaluations in the form of draft reports spanning from the years 1973 to 1975. Included in these reports are joint findings from interdisciplinary academic clusters, and from a bio-medical research panel and an academic survey of state colleges and universities. Also included is a copy of his dissertation from 1952.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Cartter, Allan Murray --Archives.
    Educators --United States --Archival resources.
    Educators --United States --Archival resources.