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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Thorstein Veblen Papers 1895-1930

© 2006 University of Chicago Library

Descriptive Summary

Title:

Veblen, Thorstein. Papers

Dates:

1895-1930

Size:

.2 linear ft. (2 folders)

Repository:

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

Abstract:

Thorstein Veblen, economist, writer, teacher. The Thorstein Veblen Papers consist primarily of personal correspondence. The collection also includes an off-print of the article, "Some Neglected Points in the Theory of Socialism," and notes titled "Spencer's Principles of Sociology (manuscript and typescript).

Information on Use

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Citation

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

Biographical Note

Thorstein Veblen was born in 1857 in Cato, Wisconsin. He received an A.B. from Carleton College (1880), and a Ph.D. from Yale University (1884). Veblen was a fellow at Cornell University (1891-1892), and at the University of Chicago (1892-1893).

Veblen remained at the University of Chicago as a reader in political economy (1893-1894). He became associate professor at the University (1894-1896), instructor (1896-1900), and assistant professor (1900-1906). From 1906 to 1909, Veblen was associate professor of economics at Stanford University. Upon leaving Stanford, he worked as a lecturer in economics at the University of Missouri (1911-1918). He co-founded the New School for Social Research in 1919, lecturing there until 1926. Veblen also served as the managing editor for the Journal of Political Economy from 1896 to 1905.

Veblen published many books, of which the best known is The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study in the Evolution of Institutions (1899). The book did not become highly regarded among academics until after Veblen's death. Some of Veblen's other published works include: The Instinct of Workmanship and the State of the Industrial Arts (1914), Imperial Germany and the Industrial Revolution (1915), and An Inquiry Into the Nature of Peace and the Terms of Its Perpetuation (1917). Several collections of Veblen's work were published posthumously, including: Essays in Our Changing Order (1934), and What Veblen Taught: Selected Writings of Thorstein Veblen (1936). Veblen is also the subject of many books.

Thorstein Veblen died in 1929.

Scope Note

The Thorstein Veblen Papers consist of primarily of personal correspondence. The collection also includes an off-print of the article, "Some Neglected Points in the Theory of Socialism," and notes titled "Spencer's Principles of Sociology (manuscript and typescript).

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Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Box 1   Folder 1

Correspondence, 1895-1930

Box 1   Folder 2

Article and Notes n.d.

  • Off-print, "Some Neglected Points in the Theory of Socialism"
  • Notes, "Spencer's Principles of Sociology"