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Lewis, W. Arthur (William Arthur), 1915-1991

Sir W. Arthur Lewis (1915-1991) was a pioneer in the field of economic development and a leading authority on economic growth in developing countries and associated political and social changes. He was a professor at the University of Manchester and Princeton University and served as an advisor to several governments. Lewis, who was from the Caribbean, also broke through racial barriers in the academic world throughout his career.

William Arthur Lewis was born on January 23, 1915 on the island of St. Lucia, in the Caribbean. He was the fourth of five sons born to George F. and Ida (Barton) Lewis. Both of his parents were school teachers who had immigrated to St. Lucia from Antigua. Lewis married Gladys I. Jacobs, from Grenada, in 1947. They had two daughters, Elizabeth and Barbara.

Lewis won the highly competitive St. Lucia Government Scholarship in 1932, which permitted him to attend any British university. He wished to become an engineer, but knew discrimination would prevent him from finding employment. Instead, he enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce degree program in 1933 at the London School of Economics, with the intention of returning to St. Lucia and obtaining employment in the municipal service or private trade. A portion of the degree coursework included economics classes, in which he excelled. When he graduated with his B.Com degree in 1937, the London School of Economics awarded him a scholarship to study for a Ph.D. in economics, which he received in 1940. He was appointed to a one-year teaching assistantship in 1938. In 1939, he became an assistant lecturer, a position he held until 1948. He was the first black faculty member at the school.

At the London School of Economics, Lewis's mentor was Professor Sir Arnold Plant, a specialist in British industry. As a consequence, the first phase of Lewis's research career concentrated on industrial development, an area in which he continued teaching and writing until he left the London School of Economics. In 1945, the Acting Chairman of the Economics Department, Frederick Hayek, asked Lewis to develop a course on the economy between the two world wars. As a consequence, Lewis also began to change his research interests from industrial development to the study of the history of the world economy from the middle of the nineteenth century. While at the London School of Economics, Lewis also became involved in service to the British government. He was Principal of the Board of Trade in 1943, advised the British Colonial Office on economic issues in 1944, and was a member of the Colonial Economic Advisory Council from 1945 to 1949.

Lewis moved to the University of Manchester in 1948, accepting the position of the Stanley Jevons Professor of Political Economy and becoming the first black professor at a British university. He remained there until 1958. While at Manchester, Lewis developed his expertise in economic development, which stemmed from his views on British colonialism. Lewis began teaching economic development regularly after 1950, in part due to the demand from the large number of students from developing countries who wanted to learn about the economies of their nations. For the rest of his career, Lewis focused on the study of economic development and continued to study the history of the world economy.

While at the University of Manchester, Lewis undertook the majority of his overseas consulting projects. His first was in 1949, as an economic consultant to the Caribbean Commission to study land settlement in British Guiana and industrial development in Puerto Rico and the British West Indies. From 1950 to 1952, Lewis was director of the Colonial Development Corporation in the United Kingdom, and from 1951 to 1952 he was on the Departmental Committee on Fuel and Power, also in the United Kingdom. In 1951, Lewis was a member of the United Nations Group of Experts on Under-Developed Countries. He was a consultant for the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and Far East in 1955, and Deputy Managing Director of the United Nations Special Fund from 1959 to 1960.

Lewis also traveled to Africa on several occasions during this time. He was a consultant to the Gold Coast in 1953, reporting on industrialization and the Volta River Dam Project, and also served as a consultant to the Western Nigeria government in 1955. He returned to Ghana (formerly the Gold Coast) after the country became independent, serving as economic adviser to the Prime Minister of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, from 1957 to 1958, under the auspices of the United Nations. Lewis's role was to conduct a review of Ghana's economic and financial policies and to provide advice to government officials.

In 1959, Lewis left Ghana and the University of Manchester to become the Principal of the University College of the West Indies, located in Jamaica, which was then affiliated with the University of London. In 1962, the university became an independent entity and was renamed the University of the West Indies. At that time, Lewis became the Vice-Chancellor of the university, a position he held until 1963. During his term, he widened the contacts between the community and the university, broadened the base of undergraduate recruitment, introduced new programs, and increased the number of students at the university.

Lewis also served as the Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of the West Indies from 1961 to 1962. During 1962, he took a brief leave of absence from the University of the West Indies to focus his efforts on preserving the Federation of the West Indies, which he believed was critical for maintaining meaningful political independence and economic growth in the West Indies. Despite his work, the Federation was dissolved that year. Lewis was also the Director of the Central Bank of Jamaica from 1961 to 1962, and the Director of the Industrial Development Corporation in Jamaica from 1962 to 1963.

Lewis returned to academia in 1963 as a professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University, with a joint appointment in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Economics Department. Lewis was the James Madison Professor of Political Economy from 1968 to 1982 and the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Economics and International Affairs from 1982 to 1983, when he retired and became professor emeritus. While at Princeton, Lewis taught undergraduate and graduate courses in economic development and modern economic history. He was also the first director, in 1967, of Princeton's interdisciplinary Research Program in Economic Development at the Woodrow Wilson School. During his career at Princeton, Lewis only took one leave of absence, to serve as a founder and the first president of the Caribbean Development Bank from 1970 to 1973. He also served as Chancellor of the University of Guyana from 1967 to 1973. It was an honorary position, for which he presided over the Council of the University and awarded degrees to graduates.

Lewis was a prolific author, publishing twelve books and more than eighty monographs and articles. His important works include "Economic Development with Unlimited Supplies of Labour," ( Manchester Studies, 1954) and Theory of Economic Growth (1955), one of the first academic works written about economic development and considered a classic in its field. His other important works include Principles of Economic Planning (1949), Economic Survey, 1918-1939 (1949), Overhead Costs (1950), Development Planning (1966), Politics in West Africa (1966), Tropical Development, 1880-1913 (1971), and Growth and Fluctuations, 1870-1913 (1978).

Lewis held leadership positions in a number of professional associations. He was president of the Manchester Statistical Society in 1956 and president of the Economic Society of Ghana in 1958. In the American Economic Association, Lewis was vice-president in 1965, elected Distinguished Fellow in 1969, and president in 1983. He was a member, fellow, or honorary fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Geographical Society, American Philosophical Society, British Academy, Council of the Royal Economic Society, London School of Economics and Political Science, and the Weizmann Institute. Lewis received honorary degrees from more than thirty institutions world-wide and was made a Knight Bachelor in 1963 by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain for his service at the University of the West Indies. In 1979, Lewis was the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Science, sharing the prize with Theodore W. Schultz of the University of Chicago. They were honored for their pioneering research into economic development, especially with regards to the problems of developing countries. Lewis was the first person of African descent to win the Nobel Prize for a field other than the Nobel Peace Prize.

Sir W. Arthur Lewis passed away in 1991 at his home in Barbados, at the age of 76.

Lewis's papers document his career as a scholar and as an economic advisor and include his professional correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, and writings. His scholarly papers include materials documenting his administrative work at the University of the West Indies and his lecture notes from his professorship at Princeton University. His advisory papers include correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports, predominantly from his work in Ghana and the Caribbean.

Please see the series descriptions in the contents list for additional information about individual series.

The Papers have been arranged in seven series:

The W. Arthur Lewis Papers have been included in UNESCO's Memory of the World Registry.

The following sources were consulted during the preparation of the biographical note: Materials from the W. Arthur Lewis Papers; Public Policy Papers, Special Collections, Princeton University Library. "The W. Arthur Lewis Papers" by Robert L. Tignor. Princeton University Library Chronicle (vol LXVII, no. 1), Autumn 2005. "Sir W. Arthur Lewis, 76, Is Dead; Winner of Nobel Economics Prize," by Nick Ravo. The New York Times, June 17, 1991.

This collection was donated by Gladys Lewis, the wife of W. Arthur Lewis, in June 1992, with an addition in November 1992.

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Three audiocassette tapes, one VHS tape, and three U-Matic tapes are located in Series 7: Audiovisual Materials, Box 55.

This collection was processed by Adriane Hanson and Melina Meneguin-Layerenza in 2006. Finding aid written by Adriane Hanson in November 2006.

The materials separated from this collection include proceedings and papers from the Princeton Income Distribution Conference in 1973 and 1974, papers by other scholars, duplicate materials, and personal information about Lewis, his students, and job candidates. Publications have been removed from this collection to be cataloged separately.

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Public Policy Papers
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Adriane Hanson
Finding Aid Date
2007
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These papers were processed with the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Fund, and the University Research Council.
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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

The Biographical series contains biographical and autobiographical sketches and curricula vitae, bibliographies of Lewis's work, photographs, awards and membership materials, and papers related to Lewis winning the Nobel Prize in Economics. The series also includes a comic book depicting the story of Lewis's life, his passport and will, and other scholars' analyses of his work.

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Arranged alphabetically by document type.

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2 boxes

Analysis of Lewis Models by Other Scholars, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Awards and Memberships, 1960-1989. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Bibliographies, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Biographical Sketches, 1979-1989. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Biographical Sketches, 1980-1988. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Clippings, 1949-1977. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Comic Book Biography of Lewis, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Curricula Vitae (CV's), 1938-1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Nobel Prize, 1979-1980. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Passport, 1953-1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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2 boxes

Northwestern University Commencement, 1979. 1 folder.
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(Lewis received an honorary degree.)

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1 folder

Portraits of Lewis, 1974-1979. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Will, 1979. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

The Correspondence series is composed of correspondence to and from Lewis over the course of his career. The series includes discussions between Lewis and other scholars about economic issues and recent publications, Lewis's correspondence as an officer of the American Economic Association and as an editor for publications, and correspondence between Lewis and his publishers. The series also contains congratulations and invitations from colleagues, letters from former students of Lewis seeking career advice and describing their work, and correspondence related to Lewis's work at the University of the West Indies, with the West Indies Federation, and while serving as an economic consultant in Ghana.

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Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

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13 boxes

A, 1958-1985. 4 folders.
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4 folders

B, 1954-1987. 2 folders.
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2 folders

B, 1954-1987. 5 folders.
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5 folders

C, 1942-1989. 2 folders.
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2 folders

C, 1942-1989. 4 folders.
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4 folders

D, 1949-1985. 2 folders.
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2 folders

D, 1949-1985. 3 folders.
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3 folders

E, 1957-1984. 2 folders.
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2 folders

F, 1954-1987. 2 folders.
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2 folders

F, 1954-1987. 1 folder.
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1 folder

G, 1953-1987. 4 folders.
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4 folders

H, 1956-1990. 2 folders.
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2 folders

H, 1956-1990. 4 folders.
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4 folders

I, 1968-1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

J, 1953-1988. 2 folders.
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2 folders

J, 1953-1988. 1 folder.
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1 folder

K, 1957-1989. 3 folders.
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3 folders

L, 1949-1987. 3 folders.
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3 folders

L, 1949-1987. 2 folders.
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2 folders

M, 1950-1987. 6 folders.
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6 folders

M, 1950-1987. 1 folder.
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1 folder

N, 1948-1984. 2 folders.
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2 folders

O, 1954-1982. 2 folders.
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2 folders

P, 1952-1988. 2 folders.
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2 folders

P, 1952-1988. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Q, 1958-1982. 1 folder.
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1 folder

R, 1948-1986. 3 folders.
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3 folders

S, 1956-1989. 2 folders.
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2 folders

S, 1956-1989. 8 folders.
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8 folders

S, 1956-1989. 1 folder.
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1 folder

T, 1953-1988. 3 folders.
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3 folders

U, 1954-1984. 1 folder.
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1 folder

V, 1956-1988. 1 folder.
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1 folder

W, 1949-1988. 1 folder.
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1 folder

W, 1949-1988. 4 folders.
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4 folders

X, 1980. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Y, 1961-1988. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Z, 1951-1986. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Unidentified, 1946-1990. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

The Country Files series documents Lewis's work as an economic advisor, as well as his involvement with Caribbean economic policies and politics. The majority of the papers are related to his work in the Caribbean and Ghana (formerly the Gold Coast). The Caribbean papers focus on the formation and dissolution of the West Indies Federation and the East Caribbean Federation, and also include reports on the economies, education systems, and social conditions of several of the islands. The Ghana papers contain reports by Lewis to the government of Ghana and his later publications on the country concerning the country's economic development plans and the implications of the Volta River project. The series also includes a small number of documents about Guyana (formerly British Guiana) and Nigeria.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by country.

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11 boxes

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7 boxes

Bahamas, 1892-1966. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Barbados, 1947-1984. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Barbados, 1947-1984. 1 folder.
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1 folder

British Reports on the Colonies, 1902-1961. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Businesses and Trade, 1977-1984. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Caribbean Commission Reports on Industrial Development on the Caribbean, 1950-1952. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

Meeting Papers, 1962. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Reports on the Islands' Economies, 1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Conferences, 1984-1989. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

Constitution, 1962. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

Meeting Minutes, 1962. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Papers Discussed at the Meeting, 1962. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Reports on Establishing the Federation, 1962-1972. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Grenada, 1955-1964. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Institute of Current Public Affairs Publications, 1968-1969. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

Analysis of the Economy, 1912-1962. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Immigration to Africa, 1961. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"A National Plan for Jamaica, 1957-1967", 1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Rastafari Movement, 1960. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Migration, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Regional Council of Ministers, 1965. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Trinidad and Tobago, 1953-1976. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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3 boxes

Common Services Conference, 1961-1962. 3 folders.
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3 folders

Constitution, 1959-1961. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Constitution, 1959-1961. 2 folders.
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2 folders

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1 box

Correspondence, 1961-1962. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lewis's Trips to the Islands, 1961. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lewis's Writings, 1961-1962. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Meetings and Reports, 1962. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Economic Statistics and Analysis, 1950-1985. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Economic Statistics and Analysis, 1950-1985. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Windward and Leeward Islands Constitutional Conference, 1959-1961. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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4 boxes

Articles by Lewis, 1953-1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Clippings, 1957-1977. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Commonwealth Development Finance Company (CDFC), 1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Economic Advisor (Lewis) Reports to the Government, 1957-1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Finances, 1957-1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Government Reports on the Economy, 1957-1967. 1 folder.
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1 folder

International Monetary Fund Ghana Aid Meeting, 1968. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Papers About Ghana's Economy, 1948-1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Photographs of Lewis at an Unidentified Event, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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"Les Problemes d'Industrialisation du Ghana," by Lewis, 1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Report on Industrialization and the Gold Coast," by Lewis, 1953. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Report on the Visit to Israel of a Delegation from Ghana, 1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Role and Resignation of the Economic Advisor, Lewis's Notes, 1957-1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Second Development Plan, Analysis by Lewis, 1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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The Seven-Year Plan, 1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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3 boxes

Agreements and Contracts, 1955-1956. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Analysis by Lewis, 1954. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Architects' Co-Partnership Final Report to the Volta River Preparatory Commission, Ajena Township, 1956. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Government Pamphlets, 1952-1956. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Meetings, 1956. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Memos and Statistics, 1955-1956. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Preparatory Commission, Power Contract, Drafts, 1956. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Reassessment Report on The Volta River Project for the Government of Ghana," by the Henry J. Kaiser Company, 1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Report on the Development of the River Volta Basin," by Sir William Halcrow & Partners, 1951. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

Analysis of Financial and Political Systems, 1963-1980. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

Development Programme Report, 1965. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Ministerial Sub-Committee Meetings, 1965. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Development Projects, 1943-1965. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Relations with Britain, 1962. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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2 boxes

Government Publications, 1955-1966. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Papers by Lewis, 1955-1956. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Papers on Development and Trade, 1965-1967. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Photographs of Lewis with Nigerian Dignitaries, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Statistical Data, undated. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Scope and Contents

The Organization Affiliations series includes documents from a variety of organizations in which Lewis was active, often as a member of the board or advising committee, as well as material collected by Lewis about organizations. The documents include meeting minutes, correspondence, and papers about the organizations. Many of the organizations are focused on economic issues, while others are concerned with social conditions, education, and the humanities. The organizations include the American Economic Association (Lewis was a member of the executive committee), the Caribbean Development Bank (Lewis was the first president), the United Nations, and the World Bank General Advisory Panel (Lewis was the chair).

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by organization.

Physical Description

9 boxes

African Development Bank, 1966-1967. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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2 boxes

Annual and Financial Reports, 1982-1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Committee and Officer Lists, 1981-1987. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

Committee on the Status of Women in the Economic Profession (C.S.W.E.P.), 1981-1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Executive Committee, 1981-1985. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Financial Committees, 1982-1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence and Memos, 1982-1984. 1 folder.
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1 folder

International Economic Association, 1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Journals and Paper Submissions, 1981-1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Newsletter, 1981. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit, 1981-1984. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Statements on Economic Issues, 1981-1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Asian Development Bank, 1968-1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Association of Caribbean Universities and Research Institutions Foundation, Inc, 1980-1983. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

(Later became the Caribbean Resources Development Fund.)

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1 folder

Associations, 1969-1989. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Boston University Economics Department Board of Visitors, 1977-1980. 2 folders.
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2 folders

British Labour Party International Department Reports on World Economic Development, 1946-1956. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Caribbean Aid Donors' Conference, 1970. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

Annual Reports, 1970-1971. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Establishing the Bank, 1967-1970. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Honoring Lewis as the First President of the Bank, 1973. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Meetings and Resolutions, 1968-1985. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Staff, 1968. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Chol Chol Foundation for Human Development, 1978-1980. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Colonial Development Corporation, 1952. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Colonial Economic Advisory Committee, 1955-1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Columbia University Conference on International Economic Development, 1970. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Committees, 1954-1982. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

Administrative Papers, 1986-1988. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Annual Meetings, 1986-1988. 3 folders.
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3 folders

Correspondence and Notes, 1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Reports on Grant Projects, 1987-1988. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Conferences, 1957-1989. 3 folders.
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3 folders

Council on Foreign Relations 1980s Project, 1975, 1980s. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Governor's Task Force on Unemployment in Atlantic City, 1977-1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Governor's Task Force on Unemployment in Atlantic City, 1977-1985. 2 folders.
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2 folders

International Chamber of Commerce 27th Congress, Manila, 1981. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

(Lewis was a keynote speaker.)

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1 folder

International Economic Association, 1962-1984. 1 folder.
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1 folder

International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH) Advisory Committee, 1981-1988. 2 folders.
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2 folders

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2 boxes

Board of Economists Outlook Meeting, Black Enterprise, 1984. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Committee on Policy for Racial Justice (CPRJ), Joint Center for Political Studies (JCPS), 1982-1988. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Conferences, 1957-1988. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Education, 1969-1987. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Encyclopedia Africana, 1978-1979. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Living in Manchester, 1952-1955. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Living in the United States, 1958-1982. 1 folder.
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1 folder

NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), 1979-1980. 1 folder.
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1 folder

National Humanities Center Board of Trustees, 1977-1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

National Humanities Center Board of Trustees, 1977-1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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2 boxes

General, 1958-1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Conferences, 1950-1984. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Decade of the Woman, 1969-1980. 4 folders.
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4 folders

Economic and Social Council, 1951-1974. 1 folder.
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1 folder

General Assembly, 1951-1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Interdependent, 1979. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

(Monthly newspaper of the United Nations Association.)

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1 folder

Special Fund, 1959-1960. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The United Nations University, 1976-1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

University Economics Education Programs, 1947-1989. 2 folders.
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2 folders

World Academy of Development and Cooperation, 1980. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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2 boxes

Correspondence, 1977-1979. 2 folders.
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2 folders

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Meetings, 1976-1979. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Organization and Tasks, 1978. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Reports of the General Research Advisory Panel, 1978-1979. 2 folders.
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2 folders

World Bank Publications on the Research Program, 1978-1979. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

The University Career series contains papers from several universities where Lewis either taught or was an administrator. The majority of the papers document his career as Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies and as a professor at Princeton University. The University of the West Indies materials include a variety of papers related to governing the university, including meeting minutes and the text for speeches by Lewis. The Princeton University papers are largely composed of Lewis's lecture notes. The series also includes a small number of documents from the Jamaica School of Music, the London School of Economics, the University of Guyana, and the University of Manchester.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by university.

Physical Description

6 boxes

Jamaica School of Music, 1960-1963. 2 folders.
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2 folders

London School of Economics, 1957-1989. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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2 boxes

Afro-American Studies Program, 1968. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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2 boxes

Economics 102, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Economics 560 (Public Affairs 562), "Economic Development", 1974-1979. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Economics 564b (Public Affairs 576a), "Regional and Country Studies in Development: West Africa", 1973-1976. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Economics 566 (Public Affairs 588), "Modern Economic History, 1870-1914", 1968-1982. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Economics 566 (Public Affairs 588) "Modern Economic History, 1870-1914", 1968-1982. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Public Affairs 531, "Economic Growth in Developing Areas", 1965-1974. 3 folders.
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3 folders

Public Affairs 572a, "Topics in Modernization and Development: Foreign Aid", 1973-1974. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence, 1959-1989. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Exams, 1965-1988. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Faculty Class Assignments and Reading Lists, 1974-1983. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lewis's Annual Reports to the President of Princeton University, 1975-1990. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Syllabi, 1967-1980. 1 folder.
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1 folder

University of Guyana, 1967-1971. 1 folder.
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1 folder

University of Manchester, 1947-1984. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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3 boxes

Advisory Committees, 1960-1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Appraisals Committee of Council, 1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

British Guiana's Participation in the University, 1962. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Clippings, 1959-1961. 1 folder.
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1 folder

College of Liberal Arts at St. Augustine, Trinidad, 1961-1962. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Committee Appointed to Review the Policy of the University College of the West Indies (CATO), 1957-1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Faculty, Staff, and Students, 1959-1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Financial, 1960-1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Graduation Addresses by Lewis and by Eric Williams, 1963-1971. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Grants and Scholarships, 1962-1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

History of the University, 1959-1988. 2 folders.
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2 folders

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1 box

"Economics of Transformation" Lecture Notes, 1975-1978. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Meetings and Travel Itineraries, 1962-1969. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes, 1959-1961. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Speeches, 1960-1962. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Merger with the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture, 1959-1962. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Merging the Social Science and Economic Research Programs, 1957-1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Photographs, 1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Planning Committee, 1960-1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Released Offenders After-Care, 1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Rising Star, 1960-1961. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

(Student newspaper.)

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1 folder

Salaries Committee, 1960-1962. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Scope and Contents

The Writings series contains articles, lecture notes, notes, and statistics. The writings are largely concerned with economic development but also cover a wide variety of subjects, including economic systems and history, economic issues faced by minorities, and international economics, as well as education, industries and land use, pricing, and unemployment.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by document type. The articles are arranged chronologically. The lecture notes and statistics are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Physical Description

18 boxes

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12 boxes

1936, 1936. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1940, 1940. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1941-1946, 1941-1946. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1947-1948, 1947-1948. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1949, 1949. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1950, 1950. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1951, 1951. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1952, 1952. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1953-1954, 1953-1954. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1955, 1955. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1956-1957, 1956-1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1958-1959, 1958-1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1960, 1960. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1961, 1961. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1963, 1963. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1964-1965, 1964-1965. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1966, 1966. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1967, 1967. 2 folders.
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2 folders

1968, 1968. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1969-1970, 1969-1970. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1971-1974, 1971-1974. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1976, 1976. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1977, 1977. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1978, 1978. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1979-1980, 1979-1980. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1981, 1981. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1982, 1982. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1983-1984, 1983-1984. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1985, 1985. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1986-1989, 1986-1989. 1 folder.
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1 folder

undated, undated. 4 folders.
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4 folders

undated, undated. 7 folders.
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7 folders

undated, undated. 7 folders.
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7 folders

undated, undated. 6 folders.
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6 folders

undated, undated. 6 folders.
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6 folders

undated, undated. 5 folders.
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5 folders

undated, undated. 6 folders.
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6 folders

undated, undated. 3 folders.
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3 folders

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2 boxes

1967-1968, 1967-1968. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Agriculture; Manufacturing; Education; Industrialization; Foreign Aid, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Agriculture and Development, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Applied Economics, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Bankers; Entrepreneurship; Afro-American Economics; Industrialization; Finance; Fluctuations, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Competition; Basic Needs, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Developing Countries Since World War II; Development Economics; Aspects of Urban Unemployment, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Economic History of the Third World, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Effects of Growth on Distribution, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Foreign Trade; Comparative Costs; Economic History of the Third World, 1978. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Planning the Government Sector; the Development of Entrepreneurship; Income Distribution, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Population; Capital; Entrepreneurship; Agriculture; Growth and Distribution; Production, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Taiwan, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Unidentified, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes, undated. 5 folders.
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5 folders

Notes, undated. 10 folders.
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10 folders

Notes, undated. 3 folders.
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3 folders

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3 boxes

Book Figures, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Commodity Regressions, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

France, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Germany, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Graphs, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

India, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Imports of Manufacturers into Canada, India and Japan, 1899-1937", undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

United Kingdom, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

General, 1967. 1 folder.
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1 folder

GDP, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Industrial Production, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

United States of America, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

World, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"World Exports of Manufacturers, 1899", undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"World Exports of Manufacturers, 1913", undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"World Exports of Manufacturers, 1929", undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"World Exports of Manufacturers, 1937", undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

The Audiovisual Materials series includes the lecture series "Some Unsettled Questions in Development," an interview of Lewis for a German Program in 1990, and an edited version of the Nobel Prize Awards Program from 1979.

Arrangement

Arranged by media type.

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1 box

"Some Unsettled Questions in Development: Development Planning", undated. 1 box.
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1 box

"Some Unsettled Questions in Development: Entrepreneurship", undated. 1 box.
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1 box

"Some Unsettled Questions in Development: Income Distribution", undated. 1 box.
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1 box

"Sir Arthur Lewis WAC Interview, Program ZDF/Germany", 1990 September 3. 1 box.
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1 box

"Sir Arthur Lewis, Program ZDF/Germany", 1990 September 3. 1 box.
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1 box

"Sir Arthur Lewis 1979 Nobel Awards Program (edited)", 1979. 1 box.
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1 box

"Nobel Awards Show, Edited", 1979. 1 box.
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1 box

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