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University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services Melvyn A. Fuss fonds Series
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This series consists of grant applications and related research files for projects, the results of which were all published. They do not comprise the whole of Professor Fuss’ research projects, published or not. The paper files contain the applications, covering correspondence, and reports. The arrangement is chronologically by project.

Professor Fuss’ compact disc #3, titled ‘Research’, contains a large number of files on research projects, arranged by folder, sub-folders and files. Where the results were published, files that could be were printed out and filed in Series 8: Manuscripts and publications. Some files were also printed out and placed in Series 1: Correspondence. Only files that could not be printed, or where formatting made tables and mathematical formulae incomprehensible, or the files were extremely long, are listed.

There also research files on compact disc #5 [‘Professor Fuss’ e-mail’].


Professor Fuss has served as a consultant to government and industry for many years, but only two projects are documented in this series, his work as a member of the Price Measurement Advisory Committee at Statistics Canada and a study he did for United Communications Ltd. on long distance telephone service in Canada.


This series beings with paper files for workshops at the Brookings Institution (1997 and 1998) and a conference, ‘Hedonistic regressions’, held on 11 November 2002 at the Department of Finance in Ottawa, and a file on the National Bureau of Economic Research (USA) workshops and conferences (2003-2005).

Teaching files

This series focuses on Professor Fuss’ teaching career, almost entirely at the University of Toronto, though there are three files on courses he taught at Harvard University between 1969 and 1972. The files contain memoranda and correspondence, notes, course outlines, lecture notes, problem sets, questions for tests and examinations, and some anonymous course evaluations. References to student marks have not been retained. This portion of the series ends with a number of electronic files.

At Harvard Professor Fuss taught principles and the economics of regulation at the undergraduate level and industrial organization, introductory econometrics, advanced econometrics, and microeconomic theory at the graduate level. The surviving files in this series are for the undergraduate course on business organization and public policy and the untitled graduate courses 2210A and 2240A.

The series continues with courses given at the Erindale campus and the St. George campus of the University of Toronto. At the undergraduate level he taught courses in microeconomic theory, industrial organization, econometrics, and economics of regulation. At the graduate level he taught microeconomics theory and econometrics. Included in these are lecture notes given to Professor Fuss by Daniel McFadden at the University of California, Berkeley (where Fuss took his doctorate), and Dale Jorgensen at Harvard University.

Most of the files are in paper format, but there are some electronic files, partly in the form of e-mail. The arrangement is by course number within each institution.

Administrative files, University of Toronto

This series begins with a few paper files relating to the activities of the Department of Economics, including Fuss’ employment (1971-1984), recruiting, external reviews, the Department’s economic plan, and two reports of the chair (1993, 1994). Most of the administrative files, though, are in electronic format. as e-mail. They consisting primarily of correspondence, memoranda and reports of an administrative nature after Professor Fuss stepped down as chair of his department in 1990 (he was acting chair in 2000-2001) and continuing through 2006 (compact disc #2). There are also a number of electronic files on student appeals, Fuss’ sabbatical in 1993-1994, and his trip to Israel in 1997 (compact disc #4), and e-mail files (compact disc #5), 2000-2005, grouped in folders and sub-folders under the following categories: ‘Chair memos’ [by the chair of the Department of Economics], and files on ‘Computing’, ‘Economics’ and ‘Recruiting’.


This series begins with a single biographical file, followed by correspondence. Much of Professor Fuss’ professional correspondence prior to 1990 has not survived. The paper files in this series are arranged by general correspondence (including by author), followed by references, and then by comments of papers. Much of the post-1990 correspondence is in electronic format, in ‘folders’. These electronic folders are listed at the end.