Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


James S. Earley Papers

Dates: 1942-1945.

Economist, Office of Price Administration, 1941-1945; Adviser on British Commonwealth Financial Affairs, Department of State, 1945.

The papers of James S. Earley mostly consist of correspondence and reports from his years as an adviser in the Office of Price Administration. The papers relate to economic policies during World War II and postwar economic relations between the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: Less than one linear foot (about 600 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: Earley donated to the United States his literary property rights in his writings in all papers at the Harry S. Truman Library. Documents created by U.S. government officials in the course of their duties are also in the public domain. Copyright interest in other documents presumably belong to the creators of those documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Erwin Mueller (1975).
Updated by: Dennis Brammeier (2007) as part of the Truman Library Internship Program.
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and David Clark.


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1908 (October 16)Born, Valley City, North Dakota
1932A.B., Antioch College
1934M.A., University of Wisconsin
1937-1967Faculty member at the University of Wisconsin
1939Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
1940-1941Economist, National Defense Advisory Commission and Office of Price Administration and Civilian Supply
1941-1945Economist, Office of Price Administration, serving as member of the Economic Adviser's Panel and later as Head Economist in the Office of the Economic Adviser
1945Adviser on British Commonwealth Financial Affairs, Department of State

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The James S. Earley papers are primarily comprised of letters, memoranda and reports written by him and other officials in the Office of Price Administration (OPA) during World War II.

The correspondence in this collection mostly relates to inflation, rationing, subsidies, and other issues associated with the wartime economy in the U.S. This material reflects Earley's work as an economist with the OPA from 1942 to 1945. The correspondence from 1945 pertains to Earley's service during that year as Adviser on British Commonwealth Financial Affairs at the State Department. Included in this material is information on postwar financial and trade arrangements between the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

Also included in these papers are a series of statements made by Earley regarding inflation and the control of railroad rates in Canada, Germany and the U.S. during World War II, along with some press clippings on the negotiations that resulted in a large U.S. loan to the British after the war.

More information on the OPA can be found at the Truman Library in the papers of Harry S. Truman (White House Central Files: Official File: OF 28).

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1 SUBJECT FILE, 1942-1945
Correspondence and reports written by James S. Earley and others concerning the Office of Price Administration during World War II and postwar economic relations between the U.S. and the United Kingdom, with some printed materials. Arranged alphabetically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1
  • Correspondence, 1942-1943
  • Correspondence, 1944
  • Correspondence, 1945
  • Printed Materials
  • Statements and Reports

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