Fonds 1236 - Scott M. Eddie fonds

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UTA 1236


Scott M. Eddie fonds


  • 1957-2008 (Creation)

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3.34 m of textual and graphic records (31 boxes)

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Scott M. Eddie was born November 28, 1935 in Northwood, North Dakota and moved to Canada in 1971 when he accepted the appointment to the Department of Economics, University of Toronto. Prof. Eddie is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (B.S. Econ. (1960) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he received a PhD in 1967. He entered MIT on the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship awarded for 1960-1962. He spent the 1962-1963 academic year at the University of Vienna as a special student funded by a Fulbright Scholarship conducting research for his PhD thesis. During and following completion of his doctoral degree, Prof. Eddie held positions at a number of institutions in the United States and abroad: Williams College (1964-1967), Yale University (1967-1968), University of Wisconsin (1970-71) and University of Philippines (1969-1970).

Prof. Eddie was hired by Prof. J. Stefan Dupre, chair of the Department of Economics in July 1971. He was appointed at the associate professor level in the Department of Economics at the St. George Campus and at Erindale College (now University of Toronto at Mississauga). His ‘foreign staff’ status necessitated a title of ‘Visiting Associate Professor’ until he received tenure at the end of his first three year term. He was appointed full professor in 1978. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Prof. Eddie was Director of the European Studies Program, and Academic co-ordinator of the U. of T./DAAD Joint initiative in German and European Studies (1998-2001). Following his retirement in 2001, he has continued his academic activities in research and writing. As well he was Acting Director, International Relations Programme, Trinity College at the University of Toronto from 2004-2005.

As professor of European economic history, Prof. Eddie has produced more than 50 published and unpublished works including articles, chapters in books, conference papers and four separate monographs. Fluent in both German and Hungarian, he writes and publishes in these languages as well as English language journals in North America and Europe. His interest in cliometrics “… an approach to historical research which combines explicit models with formal statistical techniques to analyze painstakingly collected and refined data, often very large quantities of data…” [ B2005-0027/003 (09)] by organizing the First Conference on German cliometrics held at the University of Toronto in 1999. He has received numerous awards and fellowships including Connaught Senior Fellowship, University of Toronto (1987-88), the IREX Exchange Fellowships (German Democratic Republic, and Hungary) and the Life Achievement Award from the Rákóczi Foundation in 2005.

Since his retirement in 2005, Prof. Eddie has continued to be actively involved in professional activities and publishing. From 2006-2008 he was a member of the RALUT (Retired Academics and Librarians University of Toronto) executive. In 2008 his latest book entitled Landownership in Eastern Germany before the Great War: a quantitative analysis was published by Oxford University Press.

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This fonds consists two accessions of personal records of Prof. Scott M. Eddie, Department of Economics in the University of Toronto and University of Toronto at Mississauga. The records document his academic achievements predominantly during his more than 30 years with the University of Toronto specializing in European economic history. It includes professional correspondence with colleagues and personal records relating to his employment arrangements with the University of Toronto, manuscripts of published and unpublished scholarly works in English, Hungarian and German, teaching and research materials mainly in the form of grant applications. There are also records relating to his undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota and graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This includes files relating to his PhD thesis (including a copy of the thesis) as well as class notes. In addition there are teaching files created during academic appointments to several American educational institutions such as Williams College and the University of Wisconsin in the mid-1960s and as visiting professor at Cambridge in England and other European institutions.

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Arrangement of the records into nine series reflects for the most part the original order of the materials as they were received.

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  • English
  • German
  • Hungarian

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Most of the materials are in English, but correspondence and some manuscripts are in German and Hungarian.

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