On December 6-7, 1968, a Symposium on the History of Economic Thought was held at Duke University. The purpose of the symposium was to induce an initial flow of manuscripts in order to launch a new journal, History of Political Economy. It was hoped that the new Journal would “become a stimulus to all parts of this field of study, a source of encouragement to scholars, and a forum for students in the subject in many lands and ages.”
At the same symposium, the participants expressed an interest in an annual history-of-thought session at the meetings of the American Economic Association. The interest of the group was conveyed to Professor Leontief, the president-elect, who welcomed the idea. Subsequently, such a session was organized by Professor Spengler and held during the New York meetings of the Association, December 1969. The session was successful; it was attended by approximately 125 persons, even though it was scheduled for 8:30 A.M. That session was the first in the field to appear on the program of the American Economic Association since 1964. A second session, held at the annual meetings of the Association in 1970, was also consequence of our efforts. Although it was scheduled for 8:30 A.M., it was attended by about 250 persons. We hope to continue to have sessions in the future.
This excerpt is from Vincent J. Tarascio “Some Recent Developments in the History of Economic Thought in the United States” History of Political Economy, 3(2): 419-431. I hereby file my complaint that past HOPE volumes are not yet digitized. If I were not at Duke I might not have been able to read and cite from them.