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Center for Popular Economics Records

1978-1986
21 boxes (10.5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 040

Established in 1978 by a group of radical economists at UMass Amherst and local community and labor activists, the Center for Popular Economics. The Center's staff grew to include a diverse group of economics professors, degree candidates, and activists from a wide range of educational institutions and social forums.

The collection documents the development of the Center's program, curriculum, and staff, as well as their fund raising, advertising, outreach and networking activities.

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Background on Center for Popular Economics

A group of radical political economists organized the Center for Popular Economics in 1978 as a forum for the exchange of ideas and for building a movement for social and economic justice. Based largely at UMass Amherst, the core group behind the CPE included Samuel Bowles, Juliet Schor, Diane Flaherty, and David Kotz, but they added a robust advisory committee that included Howard Zinn, Barbra Ehrenreich, and others. From a radical perspective, they developed a series of workshops and summer institutes for activists, organizers, researchers, and educators that focused attention on critical social issues with the goal of demystifying the economy and providing participants with a deep analysis of the root causes of economic injustice.

The Center's first Summer Institute for Popular Economics was held in 1979 and was accompanied by a series of carefully-targeted workshops attended by activists from organized labor and a range of other causes. In various workshops during its first decade of operation, the CPE explored the impact of racism, sexism, Reaganomics, Capitalism, class structure, patriarchy, militarism, globalization, and Socialism. The CPE remains an active presence, and has expanded its scope of analysis to include issues such as sustainability, climate change, and economic austerity.

Scope of collection

Focused on the first nine years of its operation, this collection documents the development of the CPE's workshops, programs, and curricula, and the corresponding growth of the Center's staff and efforts at outreach and evaluation. The collection is organized chronologically, year by year, with materials for each year divided up by curriculum, correspondence, arrangements, applications, and evaluations.

Inventory

Season 1978
1978
Correspondence, out:
1978
Box 1: 1
Correspondence, received:
1978
Box 1: 2
Season 1979
1979
Curriculum:
1979
Box 1: 3
Correspondence: with Hampshire College
1979
Box 1: 4
Correspondence, out:
1979
Box 1: 5
Correspondence, received:
1979
Box 1: 6
Correspondence, received: requests for information
1979
Box 1: 7
Correspondence, received: mailing list for summer
1979
Box 1: 8
Correspondence, received: responses to ads, A-I
1979
Box 2: 9
Correspondence, received: responses to ads, J-Z
1979
Box 2: 10
Arrangements: advisory board
1979
Box 2: 11
Arrangements: bills
1979
Box 2: 12
Arrangements: brochures
1979
Box 2: 13
Arrangements: graphic materials
1979
Box 2: 14
Arrangements: with Hampshire College
1979
Box 2: 15
Arrangements: miscellaneous
1979
Box 2: 16
Arrangements: printing
1979
Box 2: 17
Arrangements: reservations, session I
1979
Box 2: 18
Arrangements: reservations, session II
1979
Box 2: 19
Arrangements: contracts for next year, session I
1979
Box 2: 20
Arrangements: contracts for next year, session II
1979
Box 2: 21
Applications: staff
1979
Box 2: 22
Applications: correspondence
1979
Box 2: 23
Applications: accepted, session I
1979
Box 2: 24
Applications: accepted, session II
1979
Box 2: 25
Applications: accepted, unable to attend
1979
Box 2: 26
Applications: rejected and list
1979
Box 2: 27
Applications: waiting list
1979
Box 3: 28
Applications: waiting list
1979
Box 3: 29
Applications: summary
1979
Box 3: 30
Evaluations: Summer, miscellaneous
1979
Box 3: 31
Evaluations: Summer, session I
1979
Box 3: 32
Evaluations: Summer, session II
1979
Box 3: 33
Evaluations: Summer, summery
1979
Box 3: 34
Summer Institute: curriculum
1979
Box 20: 1
Advertising:
1979
Box 20: 2
Time table:
1979
Box 20: 3
Summer Institute: planning
1979
Box 20: 4
Applications:
1979
Box 20: 5
Participants:
1979
Box 20: 6
Evaluations:
1979
Box 20: 7
Institute for Community Education: Milwaukee Conference
1979
Box 20: 8
Milwaukee evaluations:
1979
Box 20: 9
Season 1980
1980
Curriculum:
1980
Box 3: 35
Curriculum:
1980
Box 4: 36
Curriculum:
1980
Box 4: 37
Curriculum: news clippings
1980
Box 4: 38
Correspondence, out:
1980
Box 4: 39
Correspondence, received:
1980
Box 4: 40
Correspondence, received: alumni weekend suggestions
1980
Box 4: 41
Correspondence, received: requests for information
1980
Box 4: 42
Correspondence, received: requests for information
1980
Box 5: 43
Correspondence, received: with Hampshire College
1980
Box 5: 44
Correspondence, received: late requests
1980
Box 5: 45
Arrangements: advisory board
1980
Box 5: 46
Arrangements: bills
1980
Box 5: 47
Arrangements: contracts for next year
1980
Box 5: 48
Arrangements: curriculum orders
1980
Box 5: 49
Arrangements: with Hampshire College
1980
Box 5: 50
Arrangements: miscellaneous
1980
Box 5: 51
Arrangements: non-summer
1980
Box 5: 52
Arrangements: reservations, session I
1980
Box 5: 53
Arrangements: reservations, session II
1980
Box 5: 54
Arrangements: reservations, session III
1980
Box 5: 55
Arrangements: reservations, session IV
1980
Box 5: 56
Arrangements: scholarship fund donations
1980
Box 5: 57
Arrangements: speakers and entertainment
1980
Box 5: 58
Arrangements: staff
1980
Box 5: 59
Arrangements: teaching notes orders
1980
Box 5: 60
Applications: Accepted, session I
1980
Box 5: 61
Applications: Accepted, session II
1980
Box 6: 62
Applications: Accepted, session III
1980
Box 6: 63
Applications: Accepted, session IV
1980
Box 6: 64
Applications: correspondence
1980
Box 6: 65
Applications: rejected, sessions I and II
1980
Box 6: 66
Applications: rejected, sessions III and IV
1980
Box 6: 67
Applications: summary
1980
Box 6: 68
Applications: withdrawn
1980
Box 6: 69
Evaluations: summer
1980
Box 7: 70
Evaluations: summer, session I
1980
Box 7: 71
Evaluations: summer, session II
1980
Box 7: 72
Evaluations: summer, session III
1980
Box 7: 73
Evaluations: summer, session IV
1980
Box 7: 74
Evaluations: summary
1980
Box 7: 75
Advertising:
1980
Box 20: 10
Brochure:
1980
Box 20: 11
CPE Seattle:
1980
Box 20: 12
Season 1980
1981
Curriculum:
1981
Box 7: 76
Curriculum:
1981
Box 7: 77
Curriculum:
1981
Box 7: 78
Curriculum: news clippings
1981
Box 7: 79
Curriculum: non-summer
1981
Box 7: 80
Curriculum: racism, sexism, capitalism
1981
Box 7: 81
Correspondence: annual report
1981
Box 8: 82
Correspondence, out:
1981
Box 8: 83
Correspondence, received:
1981
Box 8: 84
Correspondence, received: donations and responses
1981
Box 8: 85
Correspondence, received: requests for information
1981
Box 8: 86
Correspondence, received: requests for information
1981
Box 8: 87
Arrangements: advisory board
1981
Box 8: 88
Arrangements: bills and receipts
1981
Box 8: 89
Arrangements: childcare
1981
Box 8: 90
Arrangements: curriculum orders
1981
Box 8: 91
Arrangements: labor outreach
1981
Box 8: 92
Arrangements: miscellaneous
1981
Box 8: 93
Arrangements: non-summer
1981
Box 8: 94
Arrangements: party list
1981
Box 9: 95
Arrangements: reservations, session I
1981
Box 9: 96
Arrangements: reservations, session II
1981
Box 9: 97
Arrangements: reservations, session III
1981
Box 9: 98
Arrangements: reservations, session IV
1981
Box 9: 99
Arrangements: scholarships
1981
Box 9: 100
Arrangements: scholarship fund donations
1981
Box 9: 101
Arrangements: speakers and entertainment
1981
Box 9: 102
Arrangements: staff
1981
Box 9: 103
Arrangements: summer planning
1981
Box 9: 104
Applications: accepted, session I
1981
Box 9: 105
Applications: accepted, session II
1981
Box 9: 106
Applications: accepted, session III
1981
Box 9: 107
Applications: accepted, session IV
1981
Box 9: 108
Applications: correspondence
1981
Box 10: 109
Applications: rejected, July
1981
Box 10: 110
Applications: summary
1981
Box 10: 111
Evaluations: withdrawn
1981
Box 10: 112
Evaluations: non-summer
1981
Box 10: 113
Evaluations: Summer, miscellaneous
1981
Box 10: 114
Evaluations: summer, session I
1981
Box 10: 115
Evaluations: summer, session II
1981
Box 10: 116
Evaluations: summer, session III
1981
Box 10: 117
Evaluations: summer, session IV
1981
Box 10: 118
Evaluations: summer, summary
1981
Box 10: 119
Evaluations: summer, questionnaire responses
1981
Box 10: 120
Summer Institute: notebook
1981
Box 20: 13
Brochure:
1981
Box 20: 14
Employment/unemployment insurance training, Detroit: 1981
1981
Box 20: 15
Advertising
1981
Box 20: 16
United Steelworkers curriculum:
1981
Box 20: 17
Solidarity Day:
1981
Box 20: 18
Popular economics weekend: Grailville, Lovelan, Ohio
1981
Box 20: 19
PSSU/SIEU:
1981
Box 20: 20
Season 1982
1982
Curriculum:
1982
Box 10: 121
Curriculum:
1982
Box 10: 122
Curriculum:
1982
Box 10: 123
Curriculum:
1982
Box 10: 124
Curriculum: news clippings
1982
Box 10: 125
Curriculum: non-summer
1982
Box 10: 126
Curriculum: unpaid labor
1982
Box 12: 127
Correspondence: with Hampshire College
1982
Box 12: 128
Correspondence, out:
1982
Box 12: 129
Correspondence, received:
1982
Box 12: 130
Arrangements: advertising and related bills
1982
Box 12: 131
Arrangements: advisory board
1982
Box 12: 132
Arrangements: bills for print and copy
1982
Box 12: 133
Arrangements: with Hampshire College
1982
Box 12: 134
Arrangements: labor brochure
1982
Box 12: 135
Arrangements: labor outreach
1982
Box 12: 136
Arrangements: miscellaneous
1982
Box 12: 137
Arrangements: non-summer
1982
Box 12: 138
Arrangements: registration forms for Hampshire College session IV
1982
Box 12: 139
Arrangements: reunion
1982
Box 12: 140
Arrangements: reunion questionnaire and preliminary registration
1982
Box 12: 141
Arrangements: reunion rejects
1982
Box 12: 142
Arrangements: reunion reservations
1982
Box 13: 143
Arrangements: reservations, session I
1982
Box 13: 144
Arrangements: reservations, session II
1982
Box 13: 145
Arrangements: reservations, session III
1982
Box 13: 146
Arrangements: reservations, session IV
1982
Box 13: 147
Arrangements: scholarships
1982
Box 13: 148
Arrangements: scholarship fund donations
1982
Box 13: 149
Arrangements: staff
1982
Box 13: 150
Arrangements: staff, job descriptions, and applications
1982
Box 13: 151
Arrangements: store records
1982
Box 13: 152
Arrangements: speakers and entertainment
1982
Box 13: 153
Applications: accepted, session I
1982
Box 13: 154
Applications: accepted, session II
1982
Box 13: 155
Applications: accepted, session III
1982
Box 13: 156
Applications: accepted, session IV
1982
Box 13: 157
Applications: correspondence
1982
Box 14: 158
Applications: late
1982
Box 14: 159
Applications: rejected
1982
Box 14: 160
Applications: summary
1982
Box 14: 161
Applications: withdrawn
1982
Box 14: 162
Evaluations: non-summer
1982
Box 14: 163
Evaluations: summer, session I
1982
Box 14: 164
Evaluations: summer, session II
1982
Box 14: 165
Evaluations: summer, session III
1982
Box 14: 166
Evaluations: summer, session IV
1982
Box 14: 167
Evaluations: summer, summary
1982
Box 14: 168
Curriculum: notebooks
1982
Box 20: 21
Summer Institute: notebook
1982
Box 20: 22
June 12 Peace Rally, New York:
1982
Box 20: 23
National Training Institute for Economic Development South: 1982
1982
Box 20: 24
Southern Neighborhoods Network: Georgia workshop
1982
Box 20: 25
North Carolina:
1982
Box 20: 26
North Carolina: materials
1982
Box 20: 27
Season 1983
1983
Curriculum:
1983
Box 14: 169
Curriculum: non-summer
1983
Box 14: 170
Correspondence: with Hampshire College
1983
Box 15: 171
Correspondence, out:
1983
Box 15: 172
Correspondence, received:
1983
Box 15: 173
Correspondence, received: scholarship fund donations
1983
Box 15: 174
Arrangements: advertising and related bills
1983
Box 15: 175
Arrangements: advertising and related bills
1983
Box 15: 176
Arrangements: bills (not including advertising)
1983
Box 15: 177
Arrangements: childcare
1983
Box 15: 178
Arrangements: with Hampshire College
1983
Box 15: 179
Arrangements: miscellaneous
1983
Box 15: 180
Arrangements: non-summer
1983
Box 15: 181
Arrangements: reservations, session I
1983
Box 15: 182
Arrangements: reservations, session II
1983
Box 15: 183
Arrangements: reservations, session III
1983
Box 15: 184
Arrangements: scholarships
1983
Box 15: 185
Arrangements: scholarship fund donations
1983
Box 15: 186
Arrangements: speakers and entertainment
1983
Box 15: 187
Arrangements: staff
1983
Box 15: 188
Applications: accepted, session I
1983
Box 16: 189
Applications: accepted, session II
1983
Box 16: 190
Applications: accepted, session III
1983
Box 16: 191
Applications: correspondence
1983
Box 16: 192
Applications: non-summer
1983
Box 16: 193
Applications: rejected, session I
1983
Box 16: 194
Applications: rejected, session II
1983
Box 16: 195
Applications: rejected, session III
1983
Box 16: 196
Applications: summary
1983
Box 16: 197
Applications: waiting list
1983
Box 16: 198
Applications: withdrawn, session I
1983
Box 16: 199
Applications: withdrawn, session II
1983
Box 16: 200
Applications: withdrawn, session III
1983
Box 16: 201
Evaluations: non-summer
1983
Box 16: 202
Evaluations: summer, session I
1983
Box 16: 203
Evaluations: summer, session II
1983
Box 16: 204
Evaluations: summer, session III
1983
Box 16: 205
Evaluations: summer, summary
1983
Box 16: 206
Job description:
1983
Box 20: 28
Southern Neighborhoods Network: 1983
1983
Box 20: 29
Epstein, Gerald, Monetary Policy testimony: House Committee on Banking
1983
Box 20: 30
Bowles, Samuel, Wage-led growth testimony: Hosue Committee on Banking
1983
Box 20: 31
Season 1984
1984
Curriculum:
1984
Box 17: 207
Curriculum: non-summer
1984
Box 17: 208
Correspondence, out:
1984
Box 17: 209
Correspondence, received:
1984
Box 17: 210
Arrangements: advertising and related bills
1984
Box 17: 211
Arrangements: annual report
1984
Box 17: 212
Arrangements: bills for print and copy
1984
Box 17: 213
Arrangements: childcare
1984
Box 17: 214
Arrangements: non-summer
1984
Box 17: 215
Arrangements: scholarships
1984
Box 17: 216
Arrangements: staff
1984
Box 17: 217
Applications: accepted, session I
1984
Box 17: 218
Applications: accepted, session II
1984
Box 17: 219
Applications: correspondence
1984
Box 17: 220
Applications: summary
1984
Box 17: 221
Applications: withdrawn, session I
1984
Box 17: 222
Applications: withdrawn, session II
1984
Box 17: 223
Evaluations: non-summer
1984
Box 17: 224
Summer Institute: notebook
1984
Box 20: 32
Summer Institute:
1984
Box 20: 33
URPE (1984-1985):
1984
Box 20: 34
Season 1985
1985
Curriculum:
1985
Box 17: 225
Correspondence, out:
1985
Box 18: 226
Correspondence, received: Co-op America
1985
Box 18: 227
Arrangements: bills
1985
Box 18: 228
Arrangements: miscellaneous
1985
Box 18: 229
Arrangements: non-summer
1985
Box 18: 230
Arrangements: staff
1985
Box 18: 231
Applications:
1985
Box 18: 232
Summer Institute: curriculum notebook
1985
Box 21: 35
Summer Institute: notebook
1985
Box 21: 36
Summer Institute: applicants
1985
Box 21: 37
Advertising:
1985
Box 21: 38
Evaluations:
1985
Box 21: 39
Bottom Lines and retreat:
1985
Box 21: 40
Alternative America (1976, 1984):
1985
Box 21: 41
Economic Report of the People: drafts
1985
Box 21: 42
Economic Report of the People: drafts
1985
Box 21: 43
Season 1986
1986
Curriculum:
1986
Box 18: 233
Correspondence, received:
1986
Box 18: 234
Correspondence, out:
1986
Box 18: 235
Arrangements: miscellaneous
1986
Box 18: 236
Arrangements: staff
1986
Box 18: 237
Evaluations: non-summer
1986
Box 18: 238
Summer Institute: curriculum
1986
Box 21: 44
Handouts: session II
1986
Box 21: 45
Summer Institute: participants
1986
Box 21: 46
Summer Institute curriculum:
1986
Box 21: 47
Season (undated)
undated
Curriculum:
undated
Box 19: 240
Curriculum:
undated
Box 19: 241
Curriculum:
undated
Box 19: 242
Curriculum: Capitalism
undated
Box 19: 243
Curriculum: non-summer
undated
Box 19: 244
Curriculum: oil
undated
Box 19: 245
Curriculum: patriarchy
undated
Box 19: 246
Curriculum: steelworkers
undated
Box 19: 247
Curriculum: trade and immigration
undated
Box 19: 248
Correspondence, received:
undated
Box 19: 249
Correspondence, received: requests for information
undated
Box 19: 250
Arrangements:
undated
Box 19: 251
Arrangements: funding proposals
undated
Box 19: 252
Arrangements: reunion comments and suggestions
undated
Box 19: 253
Evaluations: Non-summer, misc.
undated
Box 19: 254
Evaluations: Summer, misc.
undated
Box 19: 255

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Gift of Valeria LaPere, 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Elizabeth Baumgartner, July 1987, and I. Eliot Wentworth, July 2015.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Center for Popular Economics Records (MS 109). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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Subjects

  • Classism
  • Economics--Study and teaching
  • Militarism
  • Racism
  • Social conflict
  • Socialism
  • United States--Economic conditions--1981-2001
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of Economics

Contributors

  • Center for Popular Economics [main entry]

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