Finding Aid to the Gerard Debreu Papers, 1949-2001

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Finding Aid to the Gerard Debreu Papers, 1949-2001

Collection Number: BANC MSS 2006/218

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
October 2007
© 2007 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Gerard Debreu papers
Date (inclusive): 1949-2001
Collection Number: BANC MSS 2006/218
Creators : Debreu, Gerard
Extent: Number of containers: 1 box, 23 cartons Linear feet: 29
Repository: The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: The Gerard Debreu papers, 1949-2001, consist of correspondence; professional activities, which include research notes, writing and editorial work, visiting scholar appointments, and speeches; organizational files; course notes; a small amount of papers pertaining to Debreu winning the Nobel Prize; and Debreu reprints.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English and French
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gerard Debreu Papers, BANC MSS 2006/218, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Separated Material

Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library. BANC PIC 2007.011-FR. Objects have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library. BANC PIC 19xx.031:158-159-OBJ. Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Debreu, Gerard--Archives
University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of Economics
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.). Committee on Human Rights
Nobel Prize winners--United States
Economics, Mathematical
Faculty papers

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Gerard Debreu Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Francoise Debreu on September 26, 2006.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

System of Arrangement

Arranged to the container level.

Processing Information

Processed by the Bancroft Library staff in 2007.

Biographical Information

Gerard Debreu was born in Calais, France on July 4, 1921. As a young man he pursued studies in mathematics until 1944, when after D-day he enlisted in the French army. After briefly serving in the French occupational forces in Germany he resumed his studies and shifted his focus to Economics.
In 1948 Debreu came to the United States on a Rockefeller Scholarship. In 1950 he began working at the Cowles Commission for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago. He moved to Yale University from 1955 to 1959, then Stanford University's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 1960 and 1961. Early in 1962 he became a member of Berkeley's Economics faculty, and his Nobel Prize of 1983 was the first of a string of four Nobel Prizes won by Berkeley Economics professors. He retired in 1991, but he continued his teaching and research activities for several years.
Debreu became an American citizen in 1975. He was also noted for his interest in human rights. He joined a fact-finding mission to Chile on behalf of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Human Rights, which focused on scientists believed to be unlawfully detained, in 1985.
Debreu passed away in Paris on December 31, 2004

Scope and Content of Collection

The Gerard Debreu papers, 1949-2001, consist of correspondence; professional activities, which include research notes, writing and editorial work, visiting scholar appointments, and speeches; organizational files; course notes; a small amount of papers pertaining to Debreu winning the Nobel Prize; and Debreu reprints.
Most of the correspondence is professional in nature, concerning Debreu's teaching, writing and research activities. Topic-related correspondence is also interfiled throughout the rest of the collection. Professional activities primarily focus on Debreu's non-teaching work. The organizational files contain information on the organizations to which Debreu belonged, committee details, correspondence, and meeting minutes. Of note in this series are Debreu's membership in the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Human Rights. The Nobel Prize-related papers include some correspondence and photographs.

Container List

 

Series 1 Correspondence 1952-2001

Physical Description: Cartons 1-6

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by last name, followed by miscellaneous correspondence.

Scope and Content Note

Primarily professional correspondence, a significant amount of which is in French.
Carton 1, Folder 1-150

A-G 1967-1993

Carton 2, Folder 1-109

G-K 1982-1993

Carton 3, Folder 1-74

L-M 1969-1993

Carton 4, Folder 1-113

M-S 1968-1993

Carton 5, Folder 1-101

S-Z 1965-1993

Carton 5, Folder 102-112

Miscellaneous correspondence 1965-1993

Carton 6, Folder 1-51

Miscellaneous correspondence 1952-2001

 

Series 2 Professional Activities 1952-2000

Physical Description: Cartons 7-14 and Box 1

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Content Note

Contains research notes, subject files, including correspondence regarding writing and editing duties, visiting scholar programs, grants, seminars, writings, and speeches.
Carton 7, Folder 1-86

Research notes, Centre de Recharches Mathématiques, Statistiques, et Economic Mathématiques (CERMSEM), and Oiko Nomia project 1952-2000, undated

Box 1, Folder 1-7

Computer printouts and notes for Simsim project (disassembled volumes) undated

Carton 8, Folder 1-52

Research notes, grants, and correspondence 1962-1985, undated

Carton 9, Folder 1-50

Writings, lecture notes, research notes, and correspondence 1954-1993

Carton 10, Folder 1-53

Research notes, writings, symposium materials, and correspondence 1952-1994

Carton 11, Folder 1-50

Writings, grants, research notes, and seminar materials 1973-1994

Carton 12, Folder 1-76

University Professorship, Visiting Professorships, seminars, conferences, and invitations 1984-1993

Carton 13, Folder 1-69

Conferences, writings, speeches 1983-1994

Carton 14, Folder 1-41

Speeches and writings 1972-1994

 

Series 3 Organizational Files 1977-1994

Physical Description: Cartons 14-21

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Content Note

Contains files concerning Debreu's involvement primarily with the American Economic Association, Berkeley Mathematical Society Research Institute, the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences.
Carton 14, Folder 42

American Association for the Advancement of Science 1984-1994

Carton 14, Folder 43-46

American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1986-1993

Carton 14, Folder 47-61

American Economic Association 1984-1990

Carton 15, Folder 1-43

American Economic Association 1988-1993

Carton 16, Folder 1-42

American Economic Association 1988-1994

Carton 17, Folder 1-102

American Economic Association 1987-1991

Carton 18, Folder 1-4

American Philosophical Society 1984-1993

Carton 18, Folder 5

Association Alsace 1991

Carton 18, Folder 6

Committee of Concerned Scientists 1986-1991

Carton 18, Folder 7-21

Berkeley Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) 1983-1987

Carton 18, Folder 22-27

National Science Foundation 1985-1991

Carton 19, Folder 1-32

National Academy of Sciences 1984-1994

Carton 20, Folder 1-57

National Academy of Sciences 1977-1994

Carton 21, Folder 1-24

National Academy of Sciences 1982-1994

 

Series 4 Course and lecture notes 1954-1995

Physical Description: Carton 22

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains course notes, problem sets, lectures, and miscellaneous papers pertaining to classes taught by Debreu.
Carton 22, Folder 1-85

Course and lecture notes 1954-1995

 

Series 5 Nobel Prize-related papers 1983-1992

Physical Description: Carton 23

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, biographical materials, photographs, and speeches.
Carton 23, Folder 1-49

Nobel-related materials 1983-1992

 

Series 6 Reprints 1949-2000, undated

Physical Description: Carton 23

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Reprints of Debreu articles.
Carton 23, Folder 50-81

Reprints 1949-2000, undated