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The Presidential historical materials of Hendrik S. Houthakker are in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration under the provisions of Title I of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974 (44 U.S.C. 2111 note) and implementing regulations. In accordance with the act and regulations, archivists reviewed the file group to identify personal and private materials (including materials outside the date span covered by the act) as well as nonhistorical items. These materials have been returned to the individual who has primary proprietary interest.

Materials covered by the Act have been archivally processed and are described in this register. Items which are security classified or otherwise restricted under the act and regulations have been removed and placed in a closed file. A Document Withdrawal Record (GSA Form 7279 or NA Form 14021) with a description of each restricted document has been inserted at the beginning of each folder from which materials have been removed. A Document Control Record marks the original position of the withdrawn item. Employees of the National Archives will review periodically the unclassified portions of closed materials for the purpose of opening those which no longer require restriction. Certain classified documents may be declassified under authority of Executive Order 13526 in response to a Mandatory Review Request (NA Form 14020) submitted by the researcher.

  • Linear feet of materials:   28.3
  • Approximate number of pages:   53,800

Biographical Note

December 31, 1924 Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands

1949 University of Amsterdam

1949-1951 Research Staff, Department of Applied Economics, University of Cambridge, England

1951 Immigrated to the U.S.

1951-1952 Research Staff, Cowles Commission for Research in Economics, University of Chicago

1952-1953 Associate Professor of Economics, Stanford University

1954-1960 Professor of Economics, Stanford University

September 8, 1955 Married Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka

1960- Profess of Economics, Harvard University

1966 Naturalization

1967-1968 Senior Staff Economist, Council of Economic Advisers (CEA)

January 29, 1969 Appointment to CEA

June 30, 1971 Resigned from CEA to return to Harvard

Scope and Content Note

Dr. Hendrik S. Houthakker served two years as a member of the CEA, from 1969 to 1971. These files cover the years 1967 to 1971 and include his activities as a senior staff economist on the CEA (1967-1968). Dr. Houthakker served on a number of interagency and international task forces, and was chairman of several subcommittees and working groups that dealt with such issues as antitrust policy; the pricing and selling of copper; increases in prices of lumber and plywood; housing construction prices; OECD economic policy; agricultural trade; oil import control system; economic policy; transportation; and steel prices and cost factors in the U.S. steel industry.

The files are arranged in ten different series: Administrative File; Meetings; Speeches; Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy; Task Force on Softwood Lumber and Plywood File; Department of the Interior; Energy Action Program File; Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Economic Policy Committee; Working Party Files (the Economic Policy Committee had several subcommittees called working parties, each responsible for a particular area of activity); Agricultural Programs File; Subject Files; and Discussion Study Papers. The Administrative File is divided into two subseries: Memoranda for the President File, arranged chronologically by date; and White House Policy and Programs File, arranged alphabetically by subject. The Meetings, Speeches, and Task Force on Softwood Lumber and Plywood files are arranged chronologically by date. The Subcommittee on Copper, Energy Action Program, OECD Economic Policy Committee, and Agricultural Programs Files are arranged alphabetically by subject and then by date. The Subject Files are arranged alphabetically by subject. The Discussion Study Papers are arranged alphabetically by title of publication.

Series Description

Boxes:   1-3
Series:   Administrative File | Folder Title List
Spans:   1969-1971
Description:   Correspondence, drafts, press releases, and memoranda. This series is dived into two subseries: Memoranda for the President File (boxes 1-2); and White House Policy and Programs File (boxes 2-3). Topics covered in the first-mentioned subseries include: economic conditions in western Europe; international monetary reform; inflation; CPI; unemployment rate; welfare reform; economic policy; wage-price controls; interest rates; economy; monetary policy; GNP; and the Export-Import Bank. Arranged chronologically by date. White House Policy and Programs File topics include: White House assignments and directives; Economic Report; monetary and fiscal policy; budget; inflation; Daniel P. Moynihan's "On Universal Higher Education"; international monetary policy; and the Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy. Arranged chronologically by date.

Boxes:   3-4
Series:   Meetings | Folder Title List
Spans:   1969-1971
Description:   Correspondence, memoranda, statements, press releases, and printed materials. Topics include: inflation; international monetary system; U.S.-E.C. trade relations; imports; international trade; and U.S. trade policy. Arranged chronologically by date.

Boxes:   4
Series:   Speeches | Folder Title List
Spans:   1969-1971
Description:   Correspondence, memoranda, papers, and statements. Topics include natural and mineral resources, Federal Government expenditures, international trade, and exchange rates. Arranged chronologically by date.

Boxes:   5-8
Series:   Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy; Subcommittee on Copper File | Folder Title List
Spans:   1969-1971
Description:   Correspondence, drafts, memoranda, reports, papers, cables/telegrams, press releases, printed material and newspaper clippings. Topics include: copper supply/demand; possible antitrust activity in the copper industry; marketing conditions and pricing procedures and policies; copper pricing; world copper consumption and supply; allocation of copper to domestic consumers; metal prices; copper report; London Metal Exchange; two-price system; mineral resources policy; copper producers; and wire and cable industry. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Boxes:   8-10
Series:   Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy; Task Force on Softwood Lumber and Plywood File | Folder Title List
Spans:   1969-1971
Description:   Correspondence, drafts, memoranda, papers, reports, press releases, and printed material. Topics covered include: softwood legislation; national forests; supply-demand outlook; softwood prices; wood products industry; futures trading in plywood; imports; tariffs; timber sales delays; rail car shortages; proposed Bureau of Land Management (BLM) allowance cut plan for Western Oregon; and Canadian softwood/plywood exports. Arranged chronologically by date.

Boxes:   10
Series:   U.S. Department of the Interior; Energy Action Program File | Folder Title List
Spans:   1969-1971
Description:   Correspondence, charts/graphs, reports, and printed material. Topics include: oil tanker rates; U.S. energy situation; Interior Department proposals; coal resources; natural gas production; and oil shale. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Boxes:   11-13
Series:   OECD Economic Policy Committee; Working Party Files | Folder Title List
Spans:   1967-1971
Description:   Correspondence, drafts, papers, and reports. Topics covered include: economic policy; price and production policy; exchange parity system; economic growth/projections; balance of payments adjustment process; and monetary conditions and policies in OECD countries. Arranged alphabetically by subject and then by date.

Boxes:   13-19
Series:   Agriculture Programs File | Folder Title List
Spans:   1969-1971
Description:   Correspondence, drafts, memoranda, notes, papers, statements, charts/graphs, telegrams/cables, reports, press releases, and printed material. Topics covered include: family farm; farm policy; National Farmers Organization (NFO); agricultural programs; farm legislation; parity/direct payments to farmers; feed grains; wheat and cotton; U.S.-E.C. agricultural trade policies/relations; U.K. agricultural policy changes; dairy import quotas; U.S.S.R. feed imports; Mansholt Plan (E.C.); task force on U.S.-European agricultural trade; U.S. agricultural exports; commodity trading; dairy price support program; cheese imports; and milk products. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Boxes:   20-54
Series:   Subject Files | Folder Title List
Spans:   1967-1971
Description:   Correspondence, drafts, memoranda, notes, telegrams/cables, papers, charts/graphs, reports, press releases, newspaper clippings, and printed material. Topics covered include: U.S. position in world trade; airport development and financing; antitrust policy; balance of payments; exchange rates; U.S. shipping/merchant marine; shipping relations with Brazil and other countries; economic outlook; wage and price prospects; international economic policy; Office of Foreign Direct Investments regulations; construction statistics; housing task force; energy supply; Eximbank operations/programs; Cabinet Committee on Export Expansion; international monetary system; and task force on U.S. balance of payments. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Boxes:   54-68
Series:   Discussion Study Papers | Folder Title List
Spans:   1967-1971
Description:   Correspondence, papers, reprints, and printed material. Topics are diverse and include the economy, inflation, macroeconomics, money, and econometric systems. Arranged alphabetically by title of publication.

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