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Mss:867 1928-1979 B879

Brown, Philip S., 1909-2009. Philip S. Brown Papers, 1928-1979: A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:867 1928-1979 B879
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Philip S. Brown papers
Date(s): 1928-1979
Quantity: 4 linear feet (5 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Philip Stoddard Brown was an economist, consultant and writer specializing in gold production and currency.


The Philip S. Brown papers were received by Baker Library Special Collections as a donation from Tim Brown in 2013.

Processing Information:

Processed: November 2013
By: Preethi Soman

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Philip S. Brown Papers. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Biographical Note:

Philip Stoddard Brown was an economist, consultant and writer specializing in gold production and currency.
Brown was born in 1909. He studied at Harvard College and received his Bachelor's Degree in Economics in 1930. Attending Harvard Business School he received a Master's Degree in Business Administration in 1933 and a doctorate in Commercial Science in 1937. Brown then became a fellow at the Brookings Institute and published a paper on the South African gold mining industry in the Journal of Political Economy. From 1937 to about 1952, Brown worked for various U.S. governmental departments such as the Treasury, Federal Reserve Board, and on the War Trade Staff of the Board of Economic Warfare. He wrote extensively about international gold production focusing in particular on South Africa. He participated in the military during WWII and was stationed in England with the Office of Strategic Services. Following the war, Brown worked for the State Department and Economic Cooperation Administration on the Marshall Plan. In 1952, Brown became self-employed as an economic consultant and started his own economic consultancy business. During the 1960s, Brown was active in Washington D.C. with the Washington Center for Metropolitan Studies and The National Conference of Christian and Jews, Inc., of which he was a chairman. He participated in a number of conferences, both providing lectures and moderating on the topic of Washington's economy, labor. Beginning in the 1960s Brown also took interest in analyzing the country's economy and social issues, such as discriminatory hiring practices and wrote columns for The Washington Post.
Philip Brown died on November 17, 2009 in Washington, DC.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection consists of the correspondences, research materials, writings and consulting records of Philip S. Brown. The series are arranged in chronological order. Series I. Academic papers includes Brown's academic work during his studies at Harvard College and Harvard Business School during the 1930s. Series II. Professional papers, largely consists of documents written and collected by Brown during his formal years of employment in the federal government as an economic consultant on gold production and monetary matters circa 1937-1952. Series III. Consulting records contains materials collected during Brown's years working as a self-employed economic consultant. Included are documents related to Brown's business ventures to create a firm for economic consultants and a bank card newsletter publishing project. Brown's interest in social issues is also highlighted in this series with a number of materials on anti-discriminatory employment practices. Series IV. Personal papers mainly contains correspondence from Brown to his wife and colleagues.

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