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Mancur Olson papers


Mancur Olson papers
Olson, Mancur
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160.50 linear feet
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University of Maryland
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

This collection contains materials relating to the life and career of Mancur Olson, a Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland from 1970 to his death in 1998. As a leading economist in the late 20th century, Mancur Olson was involved with the Southern Economic Association as well as the development of the IRIS Center, an economic research center, located at the University of Maryland. The collection in its entirety is a reflection of worldwide economic research and development in the late 20th century. Areas of concentration within the collection include, but are not limited to, collective action, welfare, income of racial minorities, social reporting, Nordic economies, social security, economics in communist nations, and economic growth in the American South. The Papers of Mancur Olson consist of correspondence, journal articles, publications, photographs, pamphlets, course materials, and other texts used by Olson in his research and career as a professor and economist.

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This collection has been minimally processed. A brief finding aid/inventory is available.