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  • Title: Paul Haensel (Pavel Petrovich Genzel') papers
    Date (inclusive): 1907-1950
    Collection Number: 2000C43
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: In English and Russian.
    Physical Description: 14 microfilm reels (2.1 linear feet)
    Abstract: Speeches and writings, correspondence, curricular materials, and printed matter, relating to economic conditions and especially to tax policy, primarily in the United States.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Haensel, Paul, b. 1878


    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], Paul Haensel Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information


    Location of Originals

    Originals in: Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.


    Professor Paul Haensel was a prominent economist who authored several books on taxation and finance and taught at Northwestern University from 1930 to 1943. Haensel was born in Moscow on 8 February 1878 (N.S.). Graduating from the Moscow Practical Commercial Academy in 1896, he entered Moscow University, completing his course of studies in 1902 with a degree in law. Remaining at the University as a professor from 1903 to 1928, he published many works on taxation, including his master's thesis, Nalog s nasledstva (1906), as well as works on public finance, such as Istoriia finansov (1913) and Finansovaia reforma v Rossii (1916-1917). In addition to his teaching and research activities, he served as a member of the board of directors of the State Bank, 1915-1917, advisor to the Commissariat of Finance, and director of the financial section of the Institute of Economic Research in Moscow, 1921-1928.
    Invited to lecture abroad in 1928, he opted to remain there, finding a position as professor of economics in 1930. He taught and wrote on Soviet as well as American and European economic issues, and testified before Congressional committees on tax reform in 1943. Following his retirement from Northwestern in that year, he continued to teach at Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia until 1948. Haensel died in Illinois on 28 February 1949.


    1878 February 8 Born, Moscow, Russia
    1902 LLD, Moscow University
    1903-1928 Professor of finance, Moscow University
    1908-1916 Dean, Economics Department, Moscow Commercial Institute
    1928 Visiting lecturer, London School of Economics
    1929-1930 Professor, Universität Graz, Austria
    1930-1943 Professor, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
    1943-1948 Professor, Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia
    1949 February 28 Died

    Scope and Content Note

    This collection reflects the academic career and public service in the United States of the notable Russian economist Paul Haensel. As professor of economics at Northwestern University and Mary Washington College, he lectured and wrote widely on topics of taxation, public finance and international economics. A significant amount of material in the collection details his involvement in debates over taxation policy in the U.S. before and during World War II.
    Also of interest are his short stories and novel of life in the Russia during and after the Revolution (Speeches and writings/"Top'," "Zhizn' krutit," "Amerikanskaia duel'"). Many of his writings are brief newspaper notes, articles, or letters to the editor on various subjects; these, along with his notes for speeches, are grouped together by physical form. Only more significant speeches and writings have been given separate entries.
    Detailed processing and preservation microfilming of these materials were made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by matching funds from the Hoover Institution and the Museum of Russian Culture. The grant also provides depositing a microfilm copy in the Hoover Institution Archives. The original materials are held at the Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco, as its property. A transfer table of corresponding box and reel numbers is available at the Hoover Institution Archives.
    The Hoover Institution assumes all responsibility for notifying users that they must comply with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17 United States Code) and Hoover Rules for the Use and Reproduction of Archival Materials.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Russians--United States.
    Taxation--United States.
    United States--Economic conditions.
    United States--Politics and government.