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Harold J. Barnett Papers

Identifier: WUA-03-wua00066

This collection contains the papers of Harold J. Barnett and includes his research notes on both television and environmental-related issues and his publications.


  • 1943-1979


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Conditions Governing Use

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11.00 linear feet

12 boxes

Biographical Information

Harold J. Barnett was born in 1917 in Paterson, New Jersey.  He died February 1987 in St. Louis, Missouri

B.S. University of Arkansas, 1939 M.S. University of California, Berkeley, 1941 M.A. Harvard University, 1948 Ph.D., Harvard University, 1952

Senior Economist, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California, 1952-1955 Professor of Economics, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1959-1963 (and Department Chairman 1959-1961)

Professor of Economics, Washington University, 1963-1981 Chair of Economics Department, 1963-1966 Professor Emeritus of Economics, Washington University, 1981-1987

Dr. Barnett was hired by Chancellor Eliot in 1963 as part of a plan to further develop several departments within the College of Arts and Sciences, including the Department of Economics.  Barnett was selected because his work transformed the Department of Economics at Wayne State.  In 1964, as chair of the Department of Economics at Washington University, Barnett hired Dr. Murray Weidenbaum, who later succeeded him as chair of the department in 1966.

Barnett’s teaching and research focus was on natural resources, energy, and economic development.  He wrote numerous papers and publications; the Olin Library system holds some of these titles.

Additional biographical information is in Washington University in St. Louis, A History by Ralph Morrow, page 549.


The collection is organized into three series as detailed below:

Series 01: Research related to television (arranged alphabetically by subject)

Series 02: Research related to environmental issues (arranged alphabetically by subject)

Series 03: Publications (arranged alphabetically by subject)

Method of Acquisition

This material was donated to the University Archives before 1973.  Additional material was donated on April 4, 1973.

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are interfiled within the collection.

Processing Information

Processed by University Archives staff.  Finding aid revised by Sarah Pabarcus in September 2006.  Finding aid revised by Margarita Tschomakoff in January 2012.

Harold J. Barnett Papers
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 March 22: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the University Archives Collecting Area

Sonya Rooney
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495