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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Call No.: Mss:867 1928-1979 B879
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Philip S. Brown papers
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.
Processed: November 2013
By: Preethi Soman
Cite as: Philip S. Brown Papers. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business
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.
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.
- Series I. Academic papers, 1928-1936
Scope and Contents: This series contains the student papers of Philip Brown during his undergraduate and
post-graduate studies at Harvard College and Harvard Business School. Topics written
about range from economic theories and trends, trade, governmental practices and Pennsylvania.
A copy of Brown's article "Oath Taking" published in the Harvard Alumni Bulletin from
1936 is included.
- Box 1, Folder 1"Idealism," December 18, 1928
- Box 1, Folder 2"Commission-Governed Cities in Pennsylvania," April 16, 1930
- Box 1, Folder 3"Criticism of Taussig's Treatment of the Theory of Value," November 2, 1932
- Box 1, Folder 4"A Critique of Dean Donham's Defense of National Trade Barriers," May 8, 1933
- Box 1, Folder 5"How Progress Comes About," circa 1935
- Box 1, Folder 6"Oath Taking," Harvard Alumni Bulletin, January 17, 1936
- Box 1, Folder 7"Chapter 1 - Introduction", circa 1930s
- Box 1, Folder 8Drafts, undated
- Series II. Professional papers, 1937-1951
Scope and Contents
: This series contains documents from Philip Brown's years of formal employment. A published
newspaper article written by Brown about U.S. acquirement of gold is included from
his fellowship at the Brookings Institute in Washington D.C. In 1938 during his time
with the fellowship, Brown's paper titled "The Anomalous Course of South African Gold
Mining Since 1925" was published in the Journal of Political Economy.
As an economic expert in the subjects of gold and silver production, Brown was employed
in a number of U.S. governmental departments following his time at the Brookings Institute.
Memoranda, reports and research materials collected during Brown's time at the Treasury
Department and State Departments are contained. Included in the State Department folder
are memoranda Brown addressed to Dean Acheson regarding the South African gold mining
industry. Brown created a great amount of work for inter-departmental circulation
at the War Trade Staff within the Board of Economic Warfare during his year of employment
from 1942 to 1943. As Chief of the Southern Africa Unit, he wrote extensively on the
topic of gold production in the region, such as the complexities of foreign involvement,
the need to decrease production during wartime, and the effects of gold production
on South Africa. Brown's collected research materials contained in the folders include
newspaper clippings, charts, notes and reports on South African gold production.
Scope and Contents: Two documents from Brown's service with the Office of Strategic Services are available
which highlight his military duties during WWII. Following the war, Brown worked for
the Economic Cooperation Administration, consulting on a variety of topics. While
still writing about currency, particularly on the sterling-dollar exchange rates,
Brown also created assessments of international economic conditions post-WWII. The
folders contain memoranda and Brown's reports on war damage, economic aid and America's
role in Europe and Asia.
- Box 1, Folder 9Brookings Institution - Christian Science Monitor papers, circa 1937
- Box 1, Folder 10Drafts and correspondence related to Journal of Political Economy article, March 22,
- Box 1, Folder 11"The Anomalous Course of South African Gold Mining Since 1925," The Journal of Political
Economy, April 1938
- Box 1, Folder 12Statement on U.S. Economy, circa 1938-1939
- Box 1, Folder 13Treasury Department - "Mine Production of Silver in the United States," December 1938
- Box 1, Folder 14Treasury Department, Division of Monetary Research - memoranda, May 1939-November
- Box 1, Folder 15Treasury Department - memoranda - "The Function of Loans in National Finance," October
- Box 1, Folder 16Treasury Department - research on silver, undated
- Box 1, Folder 17State Department - February 1942 - July 1942
- Box 1, Folder 18, American Economic Review - "Prospective National Income and Capital Formation in the
Date: 1946 September
- Box 1, Folder 19"South African Gold Mining," August 10, 1942
- Box 1, Folder 20-21Board of Economic Warfare - memorandums, April 9, 1942 - July 13, 1943
- Box 2, Folder 1Board of Economic Warfare - "Proposed Action for Assisting the South African War Program,"
October 10, 1942
- Box 2, Folder 2Board of Economic Warfare - reports, circa 1942-1943
- Box 2, Folder 3Board of Economic Warfare - "Probable Effects of a 50 Percent Curtailment in the Volume
of Ore Milled by the South African Gold Mines," April 7, 1943
- Box 2, Folder 4-6Board of Economic Warfare - Correspondence and memoranda, 1942-1943
- Box 2, Folder 7Board of Economic Warfare - South African Gold MIning (Current), 1942
- Box 2, Folder 8Board of Economic Warfare - Policy Memoranda, South Africa, 1942
- Box 5, Folder 1, Board of Economic Warfare - Research material on South African gold
- Box 5, Folder 2, Board of Economic Warfare - Drafts and notes on South African gold
- Box 2, Folder 9Board of Economic Warfare - "Facts Bearing on Possible South African Reaction to Gold
Curtailment Policy", September 1, 1942
- Box 2, Folder 10Board of Economic Warfare - Research Mitigation on South African Gold, 1939-1943
- Box 2, Folder 11-12, Board of Economic Warfare - Personal files, vol. 1
Date: 1942 June-October
- Box 2, Folder 13-14, Board of Economic Warfare - Personal File, vol. 2
Date: 1942 October-1943 January
- Box 3, Folder 1-2, Board of Economic Warfare - Personal File, vol. 3
Date: 1943 January-June
- Box 3, Folder 3, Board of Economic Warfare - Personal File, vol. 4
Date: 1943 June-August
- Box 3, Folder 4, "Report on Duty in England from January 1944 to February 1945"
Date: 1945 April 2
- Box 3, Folder 5, "British Economic Capabilities, 1946-52"
Date: 1945 December 10
- Box 3, Folder 6Economic Cooperation Administration - "Preliminary Draft," January 5, 1949
- Box 3, Folder 7Economic Cooperation Administration - "The Sterling-Dollar Exchange Rate," July 12,
- Box 3, Folder 8Economic Cooperation Administration - "Draft for Consideration of the Exchange Rate
Working Group," August 11, 1949
- Box 3, Folder 9Economic Cooperation Administration - "British Labor Government is Winning Its Battle
for More Coal," circa late 1940s
- Box 3, Folder 10Economic Cooperation Administration - "Chapter II: What Can Be Achieved By 1952,"
- Box 3, Folder 11Economic Cooperation Administration - "The Economic Integration of Europe," April
- Box 3, Folder 12Economic Cooperation Administration - "Persistent Excessive Payments Surpluses and
Free Multilateral Trade," circa 1950
- Box 3, Folder 13Economic Cooperation Administration - "Internal Financial Stability," circa 1950
- Box 3, Folder 14Economic Cooperation Administration - "The Role of the U.S. Government in Assisting
ERP Countries to Increase Their Dollar Earnings," circa 1950
- Box 3, Folder 15Economic Cooperation Administration - memoranda and reports on aid to Asian countries,
- Series III. Consulting records, 1947-1979
Scope and Contents
: This series contains the papers of Philip Brown during his years as a self-employed
economic consultant. Between the years 1947 to 1948, Brown embarked on a business
venture to create a clearinghouse of economic specialists of which he was the director.
Brown drafted a plan for his service and corresponded with a wide network of businesses
for participation. Brown also published a banking newsletter and attempted to create
a bank card business during the early 1950s. Included is the agreement to sell his
card business along with samples of his cards.
During the 1960s, Brown focused on the economic conditions in the Washington D.C.
area. He was a member of the Human Resources Program of the Washington Center for
Metropolitan Studies. Folders contain the drafts, transcripts and correspondences
pertaining to Brown's 1961 lecture titled "How Economic is the Washington Economy?"
As a chairman for The National Conference of Christian and Jews, Brown co-authored
the report "Who are the Unemployed in Washington?" and was a part of the planning
committee for conferences. Brown was interested on the topic of employment discrimination
of which he collected reports and newspaper articles. Memorandums by Brown proposing
the creation of professionally trained aides for Congressmen and Senators are included.
- Box 3, Folder 16Clearinghouse of economic services project - correspondence, 1947-1948
- Box 3, Folder 17Clearinghouse of economic services project - correspondence, 1947-1948
- Box 4, Folder 1Clearinghouse of economic services project - "Plan for Enabling Business Executives
to Draw Systematically Upon the Services of Economists," circa 1947
- Box 4, Folder 2Clearinghouse of economic services project - notes and drafts, 1947-1948
- Box 4, Folder 3Clearinghouse of economic services project - "Economic Studies for Institutional Investors,"
- Box 4, Folder 4Records of banking newsletter compiled by Philip S. Brown, 1950-1977
- Box 5, Folder 3, "The Concept of Enemy Production Loss Caused by Aerial Bombardment"
Date: circa 1943
- Box 4, Folder 5, "Will the Federal Reserve Support of the Government Bond Market be Withdrawn?
Date: 1948 February 1
- Box 4, Folder 6, "Security and Commodity Forecasting"
Date: circa 1948
- Box 4, Folder 7, Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Companies
- Box 4, Folder 8Task Given to Arlington Committee of 100, April 19, 1961
- Box 4, Folder 9Washington Center for Metropolitan Studies - records, February 1961
- Box 5, Folder 4, Washington Center for Metropolitan Studies - lecture (draft)
Date: 1961 February
- Box 4, Folder 10Washington Center for Metropolitan Studies, Human Resources Program, lecture - Transcript,
February 23, 1961
- Box 4, Folder 11Washington Center for Metropolitan Studies, published lecture - "How Economic is the
Washington Economy?," July 1961
- Box 4, Folder 12Washington Center for Metropolitan Studies, lecture - draft, March 17, 1965
- Box 4, Folder 13"Notes on Common Market and Trade Liberation," March 12, 1962
- Box 4, Folder 14The National Conference of Christian and Jews, Inc. records, 1964-1967
- Box 4, Folder 15The National Conference of Christians and Jews, Inc. conference, June 28, 1966
- Box 4, Folder 16The National Conference of Christians and Jews, Inc. conference, June 1966 lecture
- "Who Are the Unemployed in Washington?"
- Box 4, Folder 17Employment discrimination records, 1966-1967
- Box 4, Folder 18Employment discrimination - newspaper clippings, circa 1966
- Box 4, Folder 19Employment discrimination - "Position Paper: Arrest Records as a Barrier to Employment,"
- Box 4, Folder 20"A Proposal to Establish a Small Intelligence Staff of Professionally Trained Men
and Women to Serve Personally a Group of Eight or Ten Senators and Congressmen," undated
- Box 4, Folder 21"Memorandum on The Need of Congressmen and Senators for the Personal Assistance of
Professionally Trained Aides," undated
- Box 4, Folder 22"Memorandum on The Present Secretarial and Research Assistance Available to Senators
and Congressmen," undated
- Box 4, Folder 23"Our Changing Economy," undated
- Box 4, Folder 24Correspondence with The Washington Post, May - November 1975
- Box 4, Folder 25"Statement of Philip S. Brown" - Statement for W. VA Public Service Commission, November
- Box 4, Folder 26, Examination of Philip S. Brown (summary of expert testimony)
Date: circa 1950s