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Finding Aid to the Gerard Debreu Papers, 1949-2001
BANC MSS 2006/218  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Gerard Debreu papers
    Date (inclusive): 1949-2001
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 2006/218
    Creators : Debreu, Gerard
    Extent: Number of containers: 1 box, 23 cartons Linear feet: 29
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The Gerard Debreu papers, 1949-2001, consist of correspondence; professional activities, which include research notes, writing and editorial work, visiting scholar appointments, and speeches; organizational files; course notes; a small amount of papers pertaining to Debreu winning the Nobel Prize; and Debreu reprints.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English and French
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Gerard Debreu Papers, BANC MSS 2006/218, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Separated Material

    Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library. BANC PIC 2007.011-FR. Objects have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library. BANC PIC 19xx.031:158-159-OBJ. Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Debreu, Gerard--Archives
    University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of Economics
    National Academy of Sciences (U.S.). Committee on Human Rights
    Nobel Prize winners--United States
    Economics, Mathematical
    Faculty papers

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Gerard Debreu Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Francoise Debreu on September 26, 2006.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the container level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by the Bancroft Library staff in 2007.

    Biographical Information

    Gerard Debreu was born in Calais, France on July 4, 1921. As a young man he pursued studies in mathematics until 1944, when after D-day he enlisted in the French army. After briefly serving in the French occupational forces in Germany he resumed his studies and shifted his focus to Economics.
    In 1948 Debreu came to the United States on a Rockefeller Scholarship. In 1950 he began working at the Cowles Commission for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago. He moved to Yale University from 1955 to 1959, then Stanford University's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 1960 and 1961. Early in 1962 he became a member of Berkeley's Economics faculty, and his Nobel Prize of 1983 was the first of a string of four Nobel Prizes won by Berkeley Economics professors. He retired in 1991, but he continued his teaching and research activities for several years.
    Debreu became an American citizen in 1975. He was also noted for his interest in human rights. He joined a fact-finding mission to Chile on behalf of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Human Rights, which focused on scientists believed to be unlawfully detained, in 1985.
    Debreu passed away in Paris on December 31, 2004

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Gerard Debreu papers, 1949-2001, consist of correspondence; professional activities, which include research notes, writing and editorial work, visiting scholar appointments, and speeches; organizational files; course notes; a small amount of papers pertaining to Debreu winning the Nobel Prize; and Debreu reprints.
    Most of the correspondence is professional in nature, concerning Debreu's teaching, writing and research activities. Topic-related correspondence is also interfiled throughout the rest of the collection. Professional activities primarily focus on Debreu's non-teaching work. The organizational files contain information on the organizations to which Debreu belonged, committee details, correspondence, and meeting minutes. Of note in this series are Debreu's membership in the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Human Rights. The Nobel Prize-related papers include some correspondence and photographs.