Fonds MSS 165 - Clarence Barber fonds

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Clarence Barber fonds

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0.4 m of textual records, 8 books

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Clarence L. Barber was born in Wolseley, Saskatchewan, on May 17, 1917. He obtained a B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1939, a M.A. from Clark University in 1941, and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1952. In 1947, he married Barbara Anne Patchet. They had four sons. Barber taught at McMaster University (1945-48), Queen's University (1954-55), McGill University (1964-65), and then at the University of Victoria as an adjunct professor. However, he did the majority of his work in economics at the University of Manitoba from 1949-1983, serving as head of the Economics Department from 1963-1972. Barber's interests centred on macroeconomic theory, international economics, and monetary theory. In 1982, he was a member of the Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada (Macdonald Commission). Barber was made a "Distinguished Professor" of the University of Manitoba in 1982, and an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1988, confirming him as one of the most respected economists in Canada.

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The fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba in 1985, 1987, and 2002.

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The fonds consists of economic papers and reports collected and written by Clarence Barber, Professor of Economics at the University of Manitoba. Included are memoranda drafts of the final version of the Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects of Canada (1984-85), several economics reports authored by others, and six of Barber's economic reports. The fonds also consists of correspondence, which includes the letters of prominent economists such as D.H. Robertson and John Kenneth Galbraith, as well as eight books.

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1995, 2002
Quality checked by Mary Grace P. Golfo on 23 February 2017.

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