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Amos E. Taylor (1893 - 1972) spent most of his fifty-year career in the field of international finance as an economist, educator and author. After graduating from Gettysburg College (then called Pennsylvania College) in 1915, he taught Science at East Stroudsburg High School, PA, and Latin and English at the Pennsylvania Military College before serving with the U.S. Army in France during WWI. After the war, he continued his studies at the University of Paris.
In 1920, he received his masters degree from the University of Chicago and began teaching Economics and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his doctorate degree in 1924. From 1930 to 1947 he served in various capacities in the U.S. Department of Commerce, including Chief of the Division of Research and Statistics and Director of the Office of Business Economics.
It was during this period that he served as one of President Herbert Hoover's economic advisors and was appointed Director of the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce by President Roosevelt a decade later, in 1943.
Between 1947 and 1958 he simultaneously held two high-level positions; that of Director of the Department of Economic Affairs for the Pan American Union and Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Economics and Social Council. He continued to teach in the Economics Department at American University until his retirement in 1964.
In addition to his many work-related responsibilities, he held the offices of president, vice-president and chairman of many associations and organizations such as the Cosmos Club of Washington, D.C., American Economic Association, and Gettysburg College's Board of Trustees. Some of his principal publications include Foreign Investments in the United States, 1937 and The 'Ten Per Cent' Fallacy, 1945.
Scope and Content Notes:
The Amos E. Taylor Collection is divided into eight Series. I. Biographical Information; II. Military Service; III. University of Pennsylvania; IV. U.S. Department of Commerce; V. Inter-American Economic & Social Council/Pan American Union; VI. American University; VII. Personal Memorabilia, and VIII. Publications.
SERIES I: BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Series I contains typed copies of personal diaries kept by
SERIES II: MILITARY SERVICE
This Series contains typed copies of daybooks/diaries
of soldiers, camp life and other scenes in
This Series contains typed copies of daybooks/diaries kept by
Series IV contains typed copies of diaries kept by
SERIES V: INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC & SOCIAL COUNCIL/PAN AMERICAN
This Series contains typed copies of diaries
Series VI contains typed copies of diaries/daybooks
SERIES VII: PERSONAL MEMOROBILIA
This Series contains typed copies of diaries/daybooks
SERIES VIII: PUBLICATIONS
Series VIII contains a variety of publications on international finance and economics from 1919 through 1969 without gaps.