The Gar Alperovitz collection consists of manuscripts, research files, printed material, correspondence, financial material, audio, video, and electronic media. As a whole, the collection exhaustively catalogs all aspects of Alperovitz’s thought and career, especially his challenges to conventional, accepted truths in economics, politics and history.
The bulk of the collection is contained in Alperovitz’s numerous research files; these cover a wide range of topics relating to government, politics, economics, arms control, the Cold War, history, and other subjects. The earliest of these are files kept by Alperovitz while he was a legislative assistant to Wisconsin Democratic Representative Robert Kastenmeier in 1961-1962. Many files deal specifically with the atomic bomb, Hiroshima, and nuclear arms control. The professional material and research material overlap. The professional material includes various reports, agendas, meeting minutes, and so forth; a great deal relates to the Institute for Policy Studies, the Cambridge Institute, and the Exploratory Project for Economic Alternatives. There is also a group of documents related to the Smithsonian Institution’s controversial Hiroshima exhibit in 1995.
Manuscripts in the collection include drafts and proofs of Alperovitz’s Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam (Simon & Schuster, 1965; revised ed., Penguin, 1985), including its first version as Alperovitz’s Ph.D. thesis for the University of Cambridge (England); Strategy and Program: Two Essays Toward a New American Socialism (Beacon Press, 1973), written with Staughton Lynd; Rebuilding America: A Blueprint for the New Economy (Pantheon, 1984), written with Jeff Faux; American Economic Policy: Problems and Prospects (University of Notre Dame Press, 1984), written by Roger Skurski and edited by Alperovitz; The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth (Knopf, 1995), written with Sanho Tree and others; and Unjust Deserts: How The Rich Are Taking Our Common Inheritance and Why We Should Take It Back written with Lew Daly (New Press, 2008). Also in the collection is an unpublished book titled If You Don’t Like Capitalism and You Don’t Like Socialism Just What Is It That You Want?
Several shorter manuscripts, such as articles, essays, speeches, lectures, notes are present throughout the collection, all organized into Alperovitz’s filing system.
Correspondence in the collection dates from 1960 to the late 2010s. The material includes personal letters, including letters Alperovitz received as a student in Cambridge, as well as numerous professional letters and memos; the majority of the letters are of a professional nature. Notable correspondents include George McGovern, Hubert Humphrey, John Huston, Arthur Miller, Abraham Ribicoff, Sargent Shriver, and Stephen Ambrose.
Printed material in the collection includes newspapers, magazines, clippings, booklets, pamphlets, and various other kinds of material. There are several items regarding the anti-war “Vietnam Summer” of 1967, which Alperovitz helped organize while at Harvard University.
In addition to the above material, the collection also includes hundreds of computer floppy disks, and several audio cassettes and video cassettes.
|1. Alperovitz, Gar|
|2. Nelson, Gaylord, 1916-2005|
|1. Science Subject Guide|
|2. Public Affairs Subject Guide|
|3. The Vietnam War Subject Guide|
|4. United States – Economic policy|
|5. Teachers – United States|
|6. Economists – United States|
|7. United States – Foreign relations – 20th century|
|8. United States – Politics and government|
|9. Economics – Study and teaching – United States|