Earl J. Hamilton Papers
on the Economic History of Spain 1351-1830
Special Collections Library, Duke University
Economist's Papers Project

Biographical and Collection Information
Major Works
Banco de San Carlos/Bank of Spain
Original Legajos and Documents
List of Original Documents
Research Papers and Correspondence

Biographical and Collection Information

Earl Jefferson Hamilton (1899-1989) helped to pioneer the field of quantitative economic history during a career that spanned 50 years. His publications include a classic series of books analyzing how American treasure affected price and wage structure in colonial Spain, a history of the Bank of Spain, and some three dozen articles or contributed chapters in the fields of economics and history.
The Hamilton collection of working papers includes not only the source material and background notes to his major books, but also some 260 original legajos and documents pertaining to Spanish trade and economic development, thousands of photostat copies of documents held by the Archivo del Banco de España, the Archivo Histórico Nacional, and other archives, handwritten transcriptions of primary source materials, drafts and reprints of research papers, and academic and personal correspondence.
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Hamilton held professorships in economics at Duke University (1927-1944), Northwestern University (1944-1947), and the University of Chicago (1947-1967), and was Distinguished Professor of Economic History at the State University of New York, Binghamton (1966-1969). He served as editor of the Journal of Political Economy for seven years and was President of the Economic History Association from 1951 to 1952.
compiled by James Gregory Cusick
Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow
IAS, Perkins Library
Duke University
last updated August 16, 1996