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George Herberton Evans papers

Identifier: MS-0455

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of correspondence, both incoming and outgoing, and subject files related to Evans's work and research. The material spans 1927-1960 and thus covers the bulk of his career. The collection was originally in Eagle file boxes, primarily in chronological segments divided alphabetically; the file box headings were transferred to the file folders. For the most part, the divisions were chronological; however, there was also a group of papers labeled "Committees and Folders on Special Subjects," and "Correspondence About Publications."


  • Creation: 1927-1960


Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical Note

George Heberton Evans, Jr., was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on January 20, 1900. He received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins in 1920, and his Ph.D. in 1925. All of his professional career was spent at Hopkins, where he rose through the ranks of the Department of Political Economy, finally serving as its chairman from 1942-1960. His other university service included appointments to the academic council, various committees, and the position as Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, a post he held from 1959-1966.

Outside of the university, he served as a researcher for the National Bureau of Economic Research, as vice-president of the Economic History Association, and on the Governors Science Resources Advisory Board.

His research work focused on the development of the corporation and on economic history. He actively tried to establish a program in business history at Hopkins, which would have been jointly based in the Department of Political Economy and the Department of History.

Evans retired from the university in 1970, and was named professor emeritus and dean emeritus. He wrote his memoirs in 1977, Recollections of the Johns Hopkins University, 1916-1970. He died in 1979, and was survived by his wife, the former Elinor Virdin, and two sons, G. Herberton Evans, III, and Richard Virdin Evans.


4.22 Cubic Feet (3 record center cartons, 1 legal size document box)

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