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University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services Thomas A. Wilson fonds
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Thomas A. Wilson fonds

  • UTA 1963
  • Fonds
  • 1955-2007

Fonds consists of records documenting the academic and professional career of Prof. Wilson from his early research, teaching and publication activities at Harvard University through his more than forty years at the University of Toronto. Series 1 to 3 contain correspondence and professional files documenting his activities at Harvard University and the University of Toronto. Series 3 provides documentation on the operation of the Institute for Policy Analysis for much of the past thirty years and the segregation of the Department of Political Economy in 1982. Details relating to the development of courses and programmes of study in the developing fields of social and economic policy will be found in the correspondence and other documents.

Series 4 consists of records relating to Prof. Wilson’s own undergraduate education
at the University of British Columbia and graduate education at Harvard University.

The majority of the records in the first accession (B2001-0038) concern the research and writing of various studies, working papers and policy papers undertaken by Prof. Wilson as a member of the Institute for Policy Analysis. A major study on the Appliance industry commissioned by the federal Department of Industry in 1968 was one of the first undertaken by the new Institute. The records for this study found in Series 9 consist of correspondence, data, research files and transcripts of interviews with major manufacturing companies in Canada. Records relating to other studies, such as those conducted for the Anti-Inflation Board, will be found in Series 8.

Series 8 documents Prof. Wilson’s teaching responsibilities at the undergraduate and graduate level. One of his major achievements concerned the development of courses and programmes in Industrial Organization developed for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Series 10 documents the consulting work of Prof. Wilson, primarily under the umbrella of Wilson Research Economics, for various corporations and government agencies.

Wilson, Thomas Arthur

Subject and conference files

The files in this series contain correspondence, notes, and manuscripts relating to his activities as author, teacher, and consultant to government agencies and participant in academic conferences relating to economic policy analysis and telecommunications. Included in this series are records relating to his activities with the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc. (1965-1977) including his period as the University of Toronto’s representative on the Board of Directors.

University of Toronto

This series contains mainly files documenting Prof. Wilson’s activities as teacher, administrator and consultant in the Department of Political Economy, the Institute for the Quantitative Analysis of Social and Economic Policy, later known as the Institute for Policy Analysis. These files contain correspondence, notes, minutes of meetings, reports, etc. In particular are files relating to Econometric Forecasting Programme (1973-1976), Industrial Organization program (1970-1978), and the Policy and Economic Analysis Programme (PEAP) (1978-1983).

In addition are files relating to his activities on University committees such as Presidential Advisory Committee on Disciplinary Procedures (1969-70), and Special Committee on Frozen Policies (1988-1989).

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