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Inventory of the William John Fellner papers
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  • Title: William John Fellner papers
    Date (inclusive): 1938-1985
    Date (bulk): 1975-1983
    Collection Number: 87005
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 67 manuscript boxes, 1 card file box, 2 phonotape cassettes (27.3 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, speeches and writings, conference papers, reports, studies, testimony, charts, and statistics related to economic conditions and governmental economic policy in the United States, and laissez-faire economic theory, including particularly questions of unemployment, inflation, and monetary policy.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Fellner, William John, 1905-


    Box 69 restricted; use copies available in Box 64. The remainder of the collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], William John Fellner papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1987.


    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 catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Collections

    Milton Friedman Papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Gottfried Haberler Papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Fritz Machlup Papers, Hoover Institution Archives

    Biographical Note

    1905 Born, Budapest, Hungary
    1929 Ph.D. in economics, University of Berlin
    1929-1938 Partner in family business in Hungarian manufacturing industry
    1939-1952 Member of economics faculty at University of California, Berkeley
    1942 Author, A Treatise on War Inflation
    1946 Author, Monetary Policies and Full Employment
    1949 Author, Competition Among the Few: Oligopoly and Similar Market Structures
    1952-1973 Professor of economics, Yale University
    1956 Author, Trends and Cycles in Economic Activity: An Introduction to Problems of Economic Growth
    1956-1958 Member, Executive Committee, American Economic Association
    1960 Author, Emergence and Content of Modern Economic Analysis
    1965 Author, Probability and Profit: A Study of Economic Behavior Along Bayesian Lines
    1969 President, American Economic Association
    1970-1983 Adviser, Brookings Panel on Economic Activity
    1972 Author, with Phillip Cagan, Economic Policies and Inflation in the Sixties
    1973 Author, with Phillip Cagan and Marten Estey, A New Look at Inflation: Economic Policy in the Early 1970s
    1973-1975 Member, Council of Economic Advisors
    1973-1983 Resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute
    1976 Author, Towards a Reconstruction of Macroeconomics
    1983 Died

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers document the career of economist William John Fellner through correspondence, speeches and writings, conference papers, reports, studies, testimony, charts, and statistics related to economic conditions and governmental economic policy in the United States, and laissez-faire economic theory, including questions of unemployment, inflation, and monetary policy.
    Feller immigrated to the United States in 1938, joining the economics faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a professor at Yale University from 1952 to 1973, after which he became a member of the Council of Economic Advisors. The Biographical file includes material from Fellner's memorial service, as well as his Festschrift.
    The Correspondence contains Fellner's letters to and from economists, including scholars associated with the American Enterprise Institute, such as Phillip Cagan and Gottfried Haberler. These files often contain preliminary drafts of scholarly papers sent as enclosures.
    Fellner wrote about a variety of topics in economics, including inflation, full employment, balance of payments, oligopoly, and tax indexing. The Speeches and writings include typescripts of Fellner's last published book, Towards a Reconstruction of Macroeconomics, as well as typescripts and proofs of his scholarly articles.
    Fellner was a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he directed the Contemporary Economic Problems project to publish annual volumes on topics in economics. The American Enterprise Institute file includes correspondence and papers submitted to the Contemporary Economic Problems project, as well as a transcript of a presentation given by Friedrich August von Hayek in 1975.
    After retiring from his professorial work, Fellner was involved in several economics organizations and boards. The Subject file contains correspondence, memoranda, and conference papers related to groups such as the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity, the Congressional Budget Office, the Council of Economic Advisors, and the Gold Commission.
    A significant portion of the collection contains Writings by others, mainly in the form of conference papers or preliminary drafts send to Fellner by other economists.
    The collection includes Sound recordings of the Public Policy Forums program. In a recording from 1977, Henry Aaron and Rudolph Penner discuss ways to avoid bankruptcy of the Social Security program. A recording from 1982 contains an economic policy discussion with Phillip Cagan, William Fellner, Rudolph Penner, and Herbert Stein.
    Source: Connell, Carol M. Reforming the World Monetary System: Fritz Machlup and the Bellagio Group. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2013.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Council of Economic Advisers (U.S.)
    Employment (Economic theory)
    Inflation (Finance)
    Monetary policy.