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John R. Commons papers, 1832-2005 (bulk 1894-1938)

Commons, John R. (John Rogers), 1862-1945

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  • Papers, dating mainly from 1894-1938, of John R. Commons, an economist, labor historian, expert on government regulation, and long-time University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty member. The files best document Commons' research interests including labor history, labor economics, an unemployment compensation plan for the Chicago clothing market, banking and monetary reform, and the regulation of interstate commerce. Also covered are government and private organizations connected with those research interests such as the Amalgamated Clothing Workers, American Bureau of Industrial Research, Carnegie Institution, National Bureau of Economic Research, National Monetary Association, Stable Money Association, United States Commission on Industrial Relations, Wisconsin Industrial Commission, and Women's Educational and Industrial Union.
  • Included are correspondence, research files, clippings and scrapbooks, speeches, articles, and book drafts. Prominent correspondents include John B. Andrews, Ira B. Cross, Ralph M. Easley, Richard T. Ely, Henry W. Farnam, Robert F. Hoxie, Henry Hoagland, C.L. James, John M. Keynes, Robert M. La Follette, Sr., Norman Lombard, V. Everit Macy, Edward W. Morehouse, Selig Perlman, Thomas Phillips, Ulrich B. Phillips, Edward H. Rogers, David J. Saposs, Henry A. Wallace, Edwin Witte, and Helen Sumner Woodbury.


  • Some materials only available on microfilm.
  • The processed portion of this collection is Also available on microfilm.
  • The originals of some of the microfilmed papers are held by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives.
  • Presented by the University of Wisconsin, Dept. of Economics, 1939, 1957 and 1976; Mrs. Alfred Briggs, Madison, Wisconsin, 1953; Mark Perlman, Baltimore, Maryland, 1961; E.W. Morehouse, Princeton, N.J., 1962; Anne Commons Polisar, Ithaca, N.Y., 1981 and 1984; and transferred from the SHSW Library, 1976, 1987.
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