Harold M. Fleming papers

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Description
Harold Manchester Fleming (1900-1971) was an American financial writer and political economist. He went to the Soviet Union in 1922 as a field inspector for the American Relief Administration and worked for the Bureau of Education and as a reporter in Peking. On his return to the U.S., he was a securities analyst, stockbroker and statistician before becoming the Wall Street correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor. He wrote books and articles on banking, federal reserve policies, commodity markets, and other subjects related to business and political economy. Collection contains Fleming's research notes, correspondence, typescripts, memoir, and posters. Bulk of the papers consists of notes for his writings on economics and finance. Correspondence, 1922-1924, concerns his activities in the Soviet Union, Peking and Shanghai; correspondence, 1950-1952, is with publishers about his books. Typescripts of books and articles include an incomplete work on antitrust legislation. Also, a memoir of his experiences in the Soviet Union, and Bolshevik and anti-Bolshevik posters which reflect the ideological warfare of the period 1917-1922.
Names
Fleming, Harold M. (Harold Manchester) (Creator)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1917 - 1971
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 1027
Topics
Antitrust law
Authors and publishers -- United States
Economics
Finance
International relief
Journalism, Commercial
China -- History -- Republic, 1912-1949
Soviet Union -- Description and travel
Soviet Union -- History -- 1917-1936
Christian Science monitor
Economists
Journalists
Fleming, Harold M. (Harold Manchester)
American Relief Administration
Genres
Posters
notes (documents)
Correspondence
Typescripts
Notes
Biographical/historical: Harold M. Fleming, financial writer and political economist, was born in Salem, Mass. in 1900 and died in 1971. After graduation from Harvard he went to the Soviet Union as a field inspector for the American Relief Administration which was created in 1919 to help feed the children of post-war Europe. In 1923 he crossed Russia to Peking where he worked for the Bureau of Economic Education, and as a reporter for the Peking Leader. A year later he moved to Shanghai to work on the Shanghai Times. On his return to the U.S. he worked as a securities analyst, stockbroker, and statistician on railroad rate cases at the Bureau of Government Research and as the Wall Street correspondent of the Christian Science Monitor. He was the author of books and articles on banking, Federal Reserve policies, Commodity markets, and other subjects related to business and political economy.
Content: The bulk of the papers consists of notes for a work [-in-progress] on antitrust legislation, notes for a history of Sinclair Oil, and notes for related articles. There are letters, 1922-1924, in which he writes at length about his activities and experiences in Russia, Peking, and Shanghai, and some correspondence, 1950-1952, concerning his books, When Russians Were. People, and, Farewell to Hard Times. Typescripts of his books and articles include, As Michigan Goes.... 1965, which is concerned with the problems besetting the free enterprise system, Farewell to Hard Times, a work on the gold standard begun in the 1920s and completed just after the end of World War II; The Trouble with the Banks, co-written with Joseph A. Wallis in response to the closing of the banks by President Roosevelt in 1933; an untitled incomplete work on classical economics; and a memoir of his experiences in Russia, When Russians Were People. While in Russia, Fleming Collected samples of the Bolshevik and anti-Bolshevik posters which were an important part of the ideological warfare of the period. Among the events they depict are the October Revolution of 1917, the ensuing civil war, and the intervention of the allied forces of France, Great Britain, and the U. S. Many of the "White" posters are anti- Semitic in tone. There are approximately 130 posters in the papers.
Acquisition: October 6, 1972, Received from Mrs. Julia Lutsky (daughter)
Creation/production credits: Accessioned by Richard Salvato, 3/31/1982.
Physical Description
Extent: 14 linear feet (13 boxes and 7 oversize folders)
Type of Resource
Text
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12358315
MSS Unit ID: 1027
Archives collections id: archives_collections_1027
RLIN/OCLC: NYPW93-A234
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 094aa790-8a87-0139-d854-0242ac110002
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