Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Abbott mss., ca. 1969-1985, are the files of retired professor of economics Lawrence Abbott, 1902-1985, relating to his activities with the World Federalist Association and with the Mansfield, Connecticut chapter in particular. Following his retirement from the faculty of the University of Connecticut in 1968, Abbott devoted his life and work to the World Federalist cause. He served variously as president and secretary of the Mansfield chapter, delegate to and secretary of the New England board, delegate and secretary to the national board, and editor of the national newsletter, The Federalist.

Abbott was born July 9, 1902 in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York. He attended Harvard, receiving an A.B., cum laude, in 1924, and then Columbia University for an A.M. in 1945 and PhD. in 1951. He is self-described as having a "career-hopping life" working in advertising, fund raising, broadcasting and magazine editing among other "professions" before moving into economics and academia. Abbott is the author of The Listener's Book on Harmony as well as of books on economics. He died Dec. 8, 1985.

The collection includes files on United States foreign policy; World Federalist Association (WFA) records and activities; Federalist publications; correspondence files of committee chairs or organization officers; WFA regional and local chapters; materials relating to parallel organizations; WFA or New England; and the United Nations.

An inventory is available.

Gift. 1989

Collection size: 7,500 items

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