Joseph D. Coppock Papers
Dates: 1942-1987. Bulk Date Span: 1942-1953.
The papers of Joseph D. Coppock relate primarily to his work with the U. S. Department of State, the Office of Price Administration, the War Production Board, and the National War College. International trade was the main focus of his work at the Department of State and the War Production Board. Most of the documents are memoranda and correspondence involving foreign trade, along with financial records, handwritten notes, reports, speech drafts, and a transcript of a debate. The papers also contain the syllabi used by Coppock during his tenure as a visiting professor at the National War College.
See also Joseph D. Coppock oral history.
Less than one linear foot (approximately 1600 pages).
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The Papers of Joseph D. Coppock predominantly document his career in the United States Government from 1942 to 1953, specifically in the Department of State, the Office of Price Administration, and the War Production Board. The papers also detail his time as a visiting professor at the National War College from 1951 to 1953. The collection contains memoranda, correspondence, statistical lists, reports, financial records, factory maps, handwritten notes, speech drafts, newspaper clippings, a transcript of a broadcast debate, and course syllabi. The collection is comprised of one series, a Subject File, arranged alphabetically by subject. The documents are arranged chronologically within each subject. The collection includes a letter and notes written by Coppock in 1987.
Joseph D. Coppock received his doctorate from Columbia University in 1940. The following year, he began work as an economist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1942, he served as a Special Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the War Production Board. During this time, Coppock became involved in a mishandled project involving a proposed rubber tire factory in Russia, which is extensively documented in the collection. In 1943, he became a price executive of the Chemical and Drugs branch of the Office of Price Administration, and dealt with the pricing of vitamins. From 1945 to 1953, Coppock worked as an economic adviser at the U.S. Department of State, specializing in international trade. His brother, John O. Coppock, worked on the Greek-Turkish Aid Program during this time, and the papers contain correspondence and memoranda between the brothers concerning trade and economic recovery in Greece. Other major topics of the papers include financial ties with Great Britain, China, and Germany, as well as the Marshall Plan and economic warfare. Also included are memoranda concerning tax barriers to international trade and a debate transcript concerning the proposed World Food Board. Coppock also shared some credit for the Point Four Program announced in President Trumanís Inaugural Address in 1949. This program supplied economic and technical aid to poor nations regardless of geographical area.
Coppock took a position as a visiting professor at the National War College in 1951. While there, he served as the chairman of the Civilian Faculty. After his term at the National War College, Coppock worked as a visiting professor at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, and as a professor of economics at Earlham College in Indiana and at Pennsylvania State University. He died on July 31, 2000 in Redmond, Washington at the age of 91.
For related correspondence, see the papers of John O. Coppock.