Guiding the archives

I was surprised to find this website: I was not surprised to read who is behind this online guide to economists’ archives: Susan Howson, Donald Moggridge, and Donald Winch. I was also not surprised by the content of the site: a cross listing of where to find papers and correspondence with a few familiar background references. My surprise was at stumbling upon it without having heard of it before. Surely, this is a resource to advertise and maybe build upon. So, I was depressed to find that the Duke archives are not listed.

After recovering from the bouts of self-assurance, surprise and depression, I filled in the sidebar form that asks “How useful did you find the website during your visit?” My answer was “Very Useful,” even more useful after seeing the results of the online poll. Between February 2007 and today only 49 people filled it in. Too few.

2 thoughts on “Guiding the archives

  1. The Economists’ Papers Project at Duke is listed in the category “Other” in the “Useful Links” section. However, I do agree that they could easily add the economists at Duke Archives in their list.

  2. This original mid 1970s project, of Coats and I believe Sturgis, was the background impetus for Duke’s Economists Papers Project. Coats was at Duke in the mid-1980s, and as we looked for models to develop archival research, the UK model seemed too passive, as it was essentially a finding aid to collections scattered around the UK. Rather than have scholars go to the (now located) collections, we decided to bring the collections to the scholar. It worked, of course.

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