Inventory of the Eliot Grinnell Mears papers

Finding aid prepared by Lauren McCune
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
Stanford, CA, 94305-6010
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Title: Eliot Grinnell Mears papers
Date (inclusive): 1910-1944
Collection Number: 25004
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize boxes 4.55 linear feet
Abstract: Correspondence, reports, and photographs relating to economic conditions in the Balkans and Near East, to American commerce with Turkey, and to the American war economy during World War II.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Mears, Eliot Grinnell, 1889-1946.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Eliot Grinnell Mears papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1925.


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Biographical/Historical Note

Eliot Grinnell Mears was born in 1889 in Massachusetts. He attended Harvard College and graduated with his M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1912. In 1916 he joined the United States Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce. He served as the Chief of the Foreign Service Division, the American Trade Commissioner in the Near East, and the U.S. Trade Commissioner in Turkey from 1919 to 1920. During this time he operated primarily out of Constantinople and Athens and focused on capital flow in the defeated Ottoman Empire, chiefly the Mediterranean and the Balkans. In 1921, Mears came to Stanford University as an economics professor and as staff at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He became the director of the Hoover Library on War, Revolution, and Peace in 1924. Mears died from a heart attack in 1946 while on sabbatical from the University.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Eliot Grinnell Mears papers consist of documents related to the United States Trade Commission in Constantinople, and the United States War Department training posters.
The papers consists chiefly of memoranda and correspondence regarding trade in the defeated Ottoman Empire during Mears’ tenure as U.S. Trade Commissioner in Constantinople from 1919 to 1920. Some documents are in Arabic or French, particularly those that deal with Turkish production and consumption of raw material. Others address the flow of capital and resources in the Mediterranean and the Balkans. Included in the first two boxes are a collection of photographs from Mears’ years in Turkey.
Also of note is a collection of War Department training posters that were given as a gift to Mears by the U.S. Naval Training Division. The 770 posters depict cartoon characters as naval mechanics and anti-submarine flight crews during World War II. They were designed to be displayed on the ship to encourage discipline and enhance job performance.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

United States. Navy Dept. Training Division.
Balkan Peninsula--Economic conditions.
Middle East--Economic conditions.
Turkey--Commerce--United States.
United States--Commerce--Turkey.
World War, 1939-1945--Economic aspects.
World War, 1939-1945--United States.

Box-folder 1 : 1

Turkish Black Sea Ports, U.S. -- Grecian Commerce 1919-1920

Box-folder 1 : 2

U.S. Trade Commission, Constantinople 1920

Box-folder 1 : 3

Inland and Coastal Waterways and Shipping of Norway 1944

Box-folder 1 : 4

Shipping Manifests and Imports, Turkey 1910-1920

Box-folder 1 : 5

Turkish Provinces undated

Box-folder 1 : 6

Conversation with Douglas P. Miller 1939

Photographs 1 : 7

Photographs documenting Mears’ years in Turkey undated

Box-folder 1 : 8

Water Consumption Charts (in Arabic), Ottoman Rail Annexes (in French) 1912-1914

Box-folder 1 : 9

Trade Commissioner Memoranda Regarding Flow of Goods & Capital in the Mediterranean and Soviet Union, Market Prices in Constantinople 1919-1920

Box-folder 1 : 10

"Report on Oil Wells in Mesopotamia," undated

Box-folder 1 : 11

"Memorandum on the Bandholtz Incident," undated

Box-folder 1 : 12

"General Bandholtz," 1925

Box-folder 1 : 13

Flow of Goods & Capital in the Ottoman Empire and Soviet Union, Turkish Exports 1919-1920

Box-folder 1 : 14

Correspondence, American Embassy in Constantinople 1920-1923

Box-folder 2 : 1

"The Flexible Price Policy," 1942

Box-folder 2 : 2

"The Effectiveness of Price Control in 1941," 1942

Box-folder 2 : 3-4

"A Study of War Finance by a Committee of the Conference on Research in Fiscal Policy," (Part One) 1942

Box-folder 3-5

World War II Navy Training Posters undated