Skip to main content

Jacob Harry Hollander papers

Identifier: MS-0059

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists largely of Hollander's professional correspondence dealing with his teaching at Hopkins, his writings on economic theory, and his work in the areas of social welfare and economic reform. The collection contains government publications and copies of legal document related to various aspects of labor law and labor issues; corrected typescripts of articles; press releases; newspaper clippings; photographs; speeches and addresses; scrapbooks; and reprints.


  • Creation: 1895-1940


Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use note

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

Jacob Harry Hollander, a well-known figure in economics, was born in Baltimore in 1871. He was the son of Mayor and Rosa Mayer Hollander. At Johns Hopkins University he received his B.A. in 1891 and his Ph.D. in 1894. In 1897 he was appointed Secretary of a special mission by President McKinley to negotiate a monetary agreement with the leading countries of Europe, and he spent a year abroad. Early in 1900 he was named special commissioner to revise the laws on taxation in Puerto Rico, and President McKinley appointed him Treasurer of Puerto Rico. He organized the Treasury Department of the island and devised and introduced the revenue system known as the "Hollander Law." In 1905 President Theodore Roosevelt sent Hollander to Santo Domingo to investigate the public debt there. He was financial advisor to the Dominican Republic from 1908 to 1910. In 1915 he attended the First Pan-American Financial Conference and was named chairman of the Permanent Group Committee on the Dominican Republic. He served until 1919.

Hollander was umpire in the Maryland and Upper Potomac coal fields during the labor disputes in 1918-1920, and was a member of the board of referees of the Cleveland garment industry from 1921 to 1932. As a result of a strike by clothing workers in Baltimore in 1932, Hollander investigated conditions in the industry locally. He was chairman of the Maryland Tax Survey Commission in 1931 and 1932, and in 1934 served on the Maryland Old Age Pension Commission.

Beginning in 1901, Hollander was a member of the Johns Hopkins University serving successively as instructor, associate professor, and full professor of Political Economy. In 1925 he was named Abram G. Hutzler Professor of Political Economy. He was the author of many books and articles on economics. Hollander's wide-ranging research and writings covered the fields of public finance, money and banking, labor relations, and economic history and theory. Among his best known works were his contributions in the history of English economic thought especially on the writings of Adam Smith and David Ricardo.

Hollander served as president of the American Economic Association in 1921. In 1938 he was awarded an honorary L.L.D. from the University of Glasgow on the 200th anniversary of Adam Smith's matriculation.

Hollander married Theresa G. Hutzler in 1906 and she died in 1916. They had two daughters and a son, Rosamond, Bertha and David. Jacob Harry Hollander died on July 9, 1940.


24.18 Cubic Feet (13 record center cartons, 16 letter size document boxes, 1 legal size document box, 2 flat boxes)

Language of Materials



Jacob Harry Hollander was born in Baltimore in 1871 and was appointed by Presidents McKinley and T. Roosevelt to represent the United States in economic policy abroad. The papers date from 1895-1940 and are largely Hollander's professional correspondence dealing with his teaching at Hopkins, his writings on economic theory, and his work in the areas of social welfare and economic reform.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Jacob H. Hollander Papers were the gift of Dr. Hollander's family in 1966. A second set of papers were transferred from the University of Wyoming in 2004; accession 03-04.19

Separated Materials note

The family separated from these papers the correspondence dealing with Dr. Hollander's communal activities in the Jewish community. This correspondence was donated to the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland. The family sold Dr. Hollander's economic library to the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign.

Processing Information note

Finding aid prepared by Cynthia H. Requardt in 1987 with additional processing by Margaret Burri in 2004.

When the additional materials were transferred, it was decided to leave them in the order in which they had arrived from the university.

Guide to the Jacob Harry Hollander papers
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA