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Guide to the George Leland Bach Papers
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The collection covers Bach's professional career from his graduate student days at the University of Chicago in the late 1930s to the dedication of the George L. Bach Auditorium at Carnegie-Mellon University in 1993. Included are primarily: publications, articles, papers, and speeches dealing with topics such as inflation, government economic policies, economic education, and the future of corporate growth; course materials, notes, and articles intended for use in Stanford University undergraduate and Graduate School of Business courses; several folders dealing with "inflation", a primary focus of Bach's career, and several working papers by noted economists such as Milton Friedman, Robert J. Gordon, and Arthur Okun; correspondence, covering Bach's pre-Stanford activities at Carnegie Institute of Technology, his involvement with the Ford Foundation's Committee for Economic Development, and communications with various publishers and corporations, including the NY Times, World Book Encyclopedia, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard; drafts of testimony and correspondence concerning appearances before governmental bodies; Stanford correspondence primarily concentrated in the early to mid-1980s time period, chronicling the "Bach Chamber Society's" concern with criticism of business school programs; and copies of legal papers, newspaper articles, and handwritten notes concerning the dismissal case of Professor Franklin. Included with the biographial material are class notes and papers from Bach's graduate school days at the University of Chicago.
George Leland Bach earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago in 1940. He worked as a research economist for the Federal Reserve Board during World War II. After the war, Bach became the founding dean of the Graduate School of Industrial Adminstration at Carnegie-Mellon University. In 1959, Bach became the chairman of the Ford Foundation's National Task Force and the Committee for Economic Development (CED). Two years later, CED recommended the introduction of basic courses in economic theory at the high school level. In 1962, Bach accepted a visiting scholar position at Stanford University, and received a full appointment to the Graduate School of Business in 1966. At Stanford, Bach was an advocate of rigorous standards for MBA candidates. As a member of the Faculty Senate at Stanford, he sat on the hearing board in the 1971 Franklin dismissal case. The author of several books and articles on inflation, monetary policy and basic economic theory, Bach also worked for a variety of organizations and corporations, and frequently gave testimony before Congress on economic policy.
5.5 Linear feet (11 boxes)
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This collection is partially restricted. Carnegie Institute and Ford Foundation correspondence, Letters of recommendation, and Stanford job related correspondence restricted until Jan 1, 2070.