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University of Chicago Library

Guide to thePaul H. Douglas Papers 1938-1946

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

Douglas, Paul H. Papers

Dates:

1918-1924

Size:

0.25 linear feet (1 box)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

Paul H. Douglas, economist, author, professor, senator. The Paul H. Douglas Papers consist of letters from Douglas to Gregg and Julia Lewis (1938-1946), reprints of his articles, and a miscellaneous collection of photographs, notes, and other materials relating to Douglas.

Information on Use

Access

The collection is open for research.

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Douglas, Paul H. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Paul H. Douglas was born on March 26, 1892 in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts. He attended public school in Newport, Maine. Douglas received a B.A. from Bowdoin College (1913), an A.M. from Columbia University (1915), and a Ph.D. in 1921. Douglas also studied at Harvard University from 1915 to 1916. He taught economics at the University of Illinois from 1916 to 1917, leaving in 1917 to become an instructor and assistant professor at Reed College. In 1919 Douglas became an associate professor at the University of Washington. In 1920 Douglas arrived at the University of Chicago, where he became an assistant professor of industrial relations. In 1923 he became an associate professor, and in 1925 a full professor.

Douglas left teaching to serve in the United States Marine Corps from 1942 to 1945. He joined as a private, but rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Douglas returned to the University of Chicago to teach until 1949. In 1948 Douglas ran for United States Senator in Illinois was elected as a Democrat. He was re-elected in 1954 and again in 1960, serving from January 3, 1949 to January 3, 1967. He lost a bid for re-election in 1966. Douglas served as chairman of the Joint Committee on the Economic Report (Eighty-fourth Congress), chairman of the Joint Economic Committee (eighty-sixth and Eighty-eighth Congresses), chairman of the President’s Committee on Urban Affairs (1967-1969), and chairman of the Committee on Tax Reform (1969).

Paul H. Douglas died on September 24, 1976 in Washington, D.C.

Scope Note

The Paul H. Douglas Papers consist of letters from Douglas to Gregg and Julia Lewis (1938-1946), reprints of his articles, and a miscellaneous collection of photographs, notes, and other materials relating to Douglas.

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Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Box 1   Folder 1

Letters from Paul H. Douglas to Gregg and Julia Lewis,1938-1942

Box 1   Folder 2

Letters from Paul H. Douglas to Gregg and Julia Lewis, 1943

Box 1   Folder 3

Letters from Paul H. Douglas to Gregg and Julia Lewis, 1944-1946

Box 1   Folder 4

Reprints of Douglas’ articles

  • "Occupational versus Proportional Representation," September 1923
  • "The American Occupation of Haiti," 1927
  • "Some Hints on Balancing the Budget," January 1952
Box 1   Folder 5

Miscellaneous

  • Postcard, drawing of St. Helena’s Episcopal Church, Beaufort, South Carolina
  • Photographs of Marines training
  • "Notes on Dutch Painting," manuscript
  • "Statement of Paul H. Douglas, Professor of Economics, University of Chicago, Before Senate Committee on Unemployment, March 4, 1938," typescript