Willard L. (AC 1920) and Clarice Brows Thorp Papers 1857-1994 1920-1967


Willard L. (AC 1920) and Clarice Brows Thorp Papers 1857-1994 1920-1967

Willard Long Thorp (1899-1992; AC 1920) was a pioneer statistician, economist, domestic and foreign policy advisor, international development expert, and private business consultant. Thorp's papers document the role of a key U.S. government figure during periods marked by political and economic turbulence. As Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs from 1946-1952, he played a critical role in the design and implementation of the Marshall Plan and of the Truman administration's Point IV program of international aid. He also held a number of United Nations appointments and was Director of the Merrill Center for Economics. Thorp also taught Economics at Amherst College. The collection documents all of these activities and many more. It also partially documents his partnership with Clarice Brows Thorp (1912-2003) and her career as a lawyer and civil rights advocate prior to their marriage in 1947.

64 records storage boxes, 8 archives boxes, 3 small flat boxes, 6 file boxes, 5 oversize boxes, 4 framed items.; (80 linear ft.)

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