Worth Knowing in Writing a Very Needed Biography of Irving Fisher
Department (Manual Entry)
This project brings together the correspondence between Yale economist Irving Fisher and entrepreneur-industrialist, philanthropist and gentleman scholar Nathaniel Terry Bacon. In doing so it provides a window into the thoughts and interactions of two intelligent and influential men, related by marriage but very different in terms of personality, social outlook, and economic theory. Spanning the first quarter of the 20th century, these letters have as their backdrop key events such as the First World War, the impending stock market crash, and the eve of the great depression.
Professor Emeritus Richard Vangermeersch initiated this undertaking and made us aware of the value of the correspondence and, in particular, the added dimension that they can provide to a biographer of Irving Fisher. Professor Vangermeersch brought with him the excitement of the search, an eagerness to introduce new researchers, and a desire to make scholars of both economic theory and local history aware of this "hidden treasure."
Originally Published As:
Vangermeersch, Richard and Lopes,, Marlene L. Editor, "The Correspondence between Irving Fisher and Nathaniel Terry Bacon at the James P. Adams Library Rhode Island College" (2013). Faculty Publications. 323.