Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

FETTER MSS.

The Fetter mss., 1900-1949, consist of letters and papers of Frank Albert Fetter, 1863-1949, economist.

Career: born, Peru, Indiana, March 8, 1863; bookseller, Peru, Indiana, 1883-1890; A.B., Indiana University, 1891; Ph.M., Cornell, 1892; postgraduate, Sorbonne, Ecole de droit, Paris, 1892-1893; Ph.D., Halle, 1894; LLD, Colgate, 1910-1911, Occidental, 1930, Indiana, 1934, Princeton, 1945; professor, Indiana, 1895-1898, Leland Stanford, Jr., 1898-1900, Cornell, 1901-1910, Princeton, 1911-1931; chairman, Dept. of economics and social institutions, Princeton, 1911-1922; professor emeritus Princeton, 1931-1949; visiting professor, Harvard, 1906-1907, Columbia, 1912-1913, Claremont Colleges, 1928-1929, Illinois, 1934-1936; commissioner, New York State Board Of Charities, 1910-1911; general manager, National War Camp Community Service, 1918-1919; president, New Jersey Conference For Social Welfare, 1919; economic adviser to the Associated States Opposing Pittsburg-Plus, 1923; special expert on the basing point practices for the Federal Trade Commission, 1938-1939; author: The Principles of Economics, 1904, Economic Principles, 1915, Modern Economic Problems , 1916, 1922, The Masquerade of Monopoly, 1931; and articles on economic subjects. Fetter died on Mar. 21, 1949.

The papers in the collection relate in the main to monopolies, anti-trust legislation, Federal Trade Commission, and the basing point system of pricing particularly in the steel and cement industries. In addition to manuscripts there is printed and mimeographed material including miscellaneous numbers of periodicals, reprints, clippings, pamphlets, briefs of court cases and Federal Trade Commission hearings, and some government documents. Included also in the collection is correspondence, 1900-1901, relating to the dismissal of Edward Alsworth Ross from the faculty of Stanford University under circumstances which, it was claimed, involved the freedom of teaching, and Fetter's resignation as a result of this affair. The correspondence is largely between Fetter and David Starr Jordan, but there are also letters from other persons, most of them being members of university faculties.

Among the writers of letters in the collection are: James Truslow Adams, Benjamin Franklin Affleck, William Albert Alexander, Benjamin McAlester Anderson, Dewey Anderson, Thurman Wesley Arnold, Albert William Atwood, Leonard Porter Ayres, Liberty Hyde Bailey, Willis Jerome Ballinger, Albert Stephen James Baster, Adelaide Steele Baylor, Benjamin Haggott Beckhart, Wendell Berge, Remson du Bois Bird, James Arnold Blaisdell, Bruce Ormsby Bliven, Mandell Morton Bober, Ernest Ludlow Bogart, James Cummings Bonbright, William Edgar Borah, Ralph Borsodi, Lemuel Ricketts Boulware, James Ernest Boyle, Charles Hudson Boynton, Louis Dembitz Brandeis, Joseph August Brandt, Howard S. Braucher, William Lowe Bryan, Daniel Houston Buchanan, Raymond Leslie Buell, Robert Johns Bulkley, Ernest Francis Burchard, Warren Randolph Burgess, Eugene Wyllys Burr, Thomas Gregory Burt, Neil Carothers, Edward Hastings Chamberlin, Stuart Chase, Bennett Champ Clark, Fred Emerson Clark, George Archibald Clark, John Bates Clark, John Davidson Clark, Victor Selden Clark, Robert Glass Cleland, Arthur Harrison Cole, Wilson Martindale Compton, Arthur Gardiner Coons, Morris Albert Copeland, Joseph David Coppock, Edward Samuel Corwin, Edward Prentiss Costigan, Oscar Sydney Cox, Reavis Cox, David Cushman Coyle, Robert Treat Crane, Francis B. Critchlow, Samuel Crowther, Vanderveer Custis, George Dallas, Winthrop More Daniels, Clarence Seward Darrow, Elmer Holmes Davis, John Lionberger Davis, Lambert Davis, Clive Day, Frederick Shipp Deibler, Davis Rich Dewey, James Frederic Dewhurst, Frank Greene Dickinson, Karl Diehl, Harold Willis Dodds, Charles Dollard, Joseph Dorfman, Paul Howard Douglas, William Orville Douglas, Edward Augustin Duddy, Stephen Duggan, Clyde Augustus Duniway, Edward Dana Durand, Edward Mead Earle, Lucile Eaves, Edwin Clarence Eckel, Franklin Spencer Edmonds, Corwin D. Edwards, Herman Lewis Ekern, Abram Isaac Elkus, Richard Theodore Ely, Ralph Cecil Epstein, Evan Alfred Evans, Henry Pratt Fairchild, Roland Post Falkner, Arthur Louis Faubel, Herbert Feis, Garland Sevier Ferguson, Henry Burchard Fine, Hamilton Fish, Irving Fisher, Ralph Edward Flanders, Roy Caston Flickinger, John Thomas Flynn, Percy Ford, Lindley Macnaghten Fraser, Robert Elliott Freer, Garet Garrett, Karl Frederick Geiser, Charles Henry Gilbert, William Henry Glasson, Arthur Butler Graham, Frank Dunstone Graham, John Temple Graves, Hall McAllister Griffith, Gottfried Haberler, Paul Haensel, Sir Noel Frederick Hall, Walton Hale Hamilton, George Henry Hand, Milton Handler, Lewis Henry Haney, William Hard, George McLean Harper, Seymour Edward Harris, Henry Hazlitt, Robert E. Healy, Leon Henderson, Ervin Paul Hexner, Benjamin Horace Hibbard, Herbert Wade Hibbard, John Grier Hibben, Clifford L. Hilton, Paul Gray Hoffman, Arthur Cort Holden, Paul Thomas Homan, George Harrison Houston, Cordell Hull, Merlin Harold Hunter, William Harold Hutt, John Ise, Robert Houghwout Jackson, Ernest James Jaqua, Emory Richard Johnson, Eugene Kinckle Jones, David Starr Jordan, Virgil Dustin Jordan, Dexter Merriam Keezer, Estes Kefauver, William Thomas Kelley, Paul Underwood Kellogg, Frederick Paul Keppel, William Henry Kiekhofer, Clyde Lyndon King, George Judson King, Willford Isbell King, William Henry King, Oswald Whitman Knauth, Frank Hyneman Knight, Franklin Knox, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, Alfred Mossman Landon, Morris Evans Leeds, Simeon Elbridge Leland, Joy Luther Leonard, Richard A. Lester, David Eli Lilienthal, Walter Lippmann, William Bruce Lockling, George Horace Lorimer, Isador Lubin, George Francis Luthringer, Leverett Samuel Lyon, Reid Lage McClung, Harlan Linneus McCracken, William MacDonald, Julian William Mack, Charles Hoyt March, Isaac Frederick Marcosson, Arthur William Marget, John Martin, Alpheus Thomas Mason, Lowell Blake Mason, Frank Asbury Mathews, Joseph Mayer, Royal Meeker, Frederick Cecil Mills, Ludwig edler von Mises, Wesley Clair Mitchell, Tsunao Miyajima, Arthur Ernest Morgan, Oskar Morgenstern, Wayne Lyman Morse, James Edward Murray, William Starr Myers, Frederic Cooke Nelson, Edwin Griswold Nourse, John Lord O'Brian, Joseph Christopher O'Mahoney, Paul Palmer, James George Patton, Warren Milton Persons, Harold Gregg Pickering, Howard Samuel Piquet, Edmund Platt, Walter Christian Ploeser, Joseph Ezekial Pogue, DeWitt Clinton Poole, Walter Franklin Prince, Charles Frederick Remer, Walter L. Rice, Robert Fleming Rich, Jesse Hale Riddle, John A. Ritchie, James Jaquess Robinson, Maurice Roche-Agussol, Mary (Harriman) Rumsey, Frederic Arthur Russell, Frederick John Schlink, Louis Bernard Schmidt, Joseph Alois Schumpeter, Horace Secrist, Edwin Robert Anderson Seligman, Joseph Bernard Shannon, Isaiah Leo Sharfman, Earl Owen Shreve, George Harrison Shull, Howard Alexander Smith, James Gerald Smith, Henry Snell, baron Snell, Walter Earl Spahr, Joseph John Spengler, Oliver Mitchell Sprague, George Albert Steiner, George Asbury Stephens, Harold Montelle Stephens, William Harrison Spring Stevens, Russell Alger Stevenson, Walter W. Stewart, George Ward Stocking, Harlan Fiske Stone, Samuel Sommerville Stratton, Camillo Supino, Theodore Victor Suráanyi-Unger, Joseph Swain, Frank William Taussig, Earl Howard Taylor, Paul Schuster Taylor, Huston Thompson, Willard Long Thorp, Charles Sanford Tippetts, Paul Greene Thompson, James Buchanan Trant, John Treanor, Rufus Stickney Tucker, John Roscoe Turner, Jacob Viner, Horace Jerry Voorhis, Warren C. Waite, Q. George Frederick Warren, Myron Webster Watkins, Hugo Christian Martin Wendel, Burton Kendall Wheeler, William Allen White, Charles Parker Wilber, Walter Francis Willcox, Henry Parker Willis, Joseph Henry Willits, George Smith Wilson, Albert Benedict Wolfe, Leo Wolman, Robert Archer Woods, Theodore Otte Yntema, John Parke Young, and William Sterling Youngman.

An inventory of the collection is available.

Gift. 1954, 1961, 1968, 1986, 1992

Collection size: 8,454 items

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