Economists’ Papers Archive

A cooperative effort of the Duke HOPE Group and the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Economists' Papers Archive is the largest collection in the world of the academic papers of important economists of the past and present.

The archive comprises the letters, manuscripts, drafts, and other work products of more than sixty distinguished economists, mostly from the 20th century, including the academic and personal papers of several Nobel Prize winners, among whom are the following:

  • Kenneth Arrow
  • Peter Diamond
  • F. A. Hayek (on microfilm)
  • Leonid Hurwicz
  • Lawrence Klein
  • Robert Lucas
  • Franco Modigliani
  • Douglass North
  • Edward C. Prescott
  • Alvin Roth
  • Paul Samuelson
  • Vernon Smith
  • Robert Solow

It is also the official respository of the papers of the American Economic Association and of the editorial records of History of Political Economy. The Archive is actively engaged in acquiring new collections, as well as organizing and cataloging existing collections.

To Use the Collection

For details of the collection and directions for use, visit the Economists' Papers Archive  website. To promote collegiality and contacts among historians of economics, scholars visiting Duke to use the Economists' Papers are urged to let Bruce Caldwell know the dates of their visit.

Funding for Young Scholars

The Provost and the Chair of the Economics Department of Duke University have funded grants of up to $500 (paid directly for lodgings) for young scholars to support their use of the Economists' Papers ArchiveTo apply for a grant, contact Bruce Caldwell

To Donate Papers to the Archive

To contribute papers to the Archive, contact Professor E. Roy Weintraub (Department of Economics) or Sara Seten Berghausen (, Associate Curator of Collections, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 919-660-5958.