Inventory of the Eliot Grinnell Mears papers

Finding aid prepared by Lauren McCune
Hoover Institution Archives
434 Galvez Mall
Stanford University
Stanford, CA, 94305-6010
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© 2008

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, 2 oversize boxes (1.6 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 Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1912. In 1916 he joined the U.S. 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 1919-1920. 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 for 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 U.S. Trade Commission in Constantinople, and 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 1919-1920. 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 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.

Mixed materials 1 : 1

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

Mixed materials 1 : 2

U.S. Trade Commission, Constantinople, 1920

Mixed materials 1 : 3

Inland and Coastal Waterways and Shipping of Norway, 1944

Mixed materials 1 : 4

Shipping Manifests and Imports, Turkey, 1910-1920

Mixed materials 1 : 5

Turkish Provinces, undated

Mixed materials 1 : 6

Conversation with Douglas P. Miller, 1939

Photographs 1 : 7

Photographs documenting Mears’ years in Turkey, undated

Mixed materials 1 : 8

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

Mixed materials 1 : 9

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

Mixed materials 1 : 10

"Report on Oil Wells in Mesopotamia", undated

Mixed materials 1 : 11

"Memorandum on the Bandholtz Incident", undated

Mixed materials 1 : 12

"General Bandholtz", 1925

Mixed materials 1 : 13

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

Mixed materials 1 : 14

Correspondence, American Embassy in Constantinople, 1920-1923

Mixed materials 2 : 1

"The Flexible Price Policy", 1942

Mixed materials 2 : 2

"The Effectiveness of Price Control in 1941", 1942

Mixed materials 2 : 3

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

Mixed materials 2 : 4

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

Mixed materials 3-4

World War II Navy Training Posters, undated