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Julian Simon papers

 Collection 0191-UA

Julian Lincoln Simon (1932-1998) was a professor of business administration at the University of Maryland from 1983 until his death in 1998. Simon was known for his research on economics and population growth which challenged Malthusian theories on global catastrophe. This collection spans from 1972 to 1996 and contains Simon's professional correspondence, as well as reports, publications, conference proceedings, and grant materials. Research notes on a variety of topics including population growth, economic development, immigration, infant mortality, and the environment are located throughout the collection. Drafts, proofs, and research notes for several of Simon's articles and for his books The Economics of Population Growth (1977), The Resourceful Earth (1984), Scarcity or Abundance? A Debate on the Environment (1994), and The State of Humanity (1996) comprise the remainder of his papers. An unprocessed addendum to the Simon Papers is also available.


  • 1972-1996
  • Majority of material found within 1984-1994

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is unprocessed and may require pre-screening before viewing. Please contact the University Archives for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


34.50 Linear Feet

Guide to the Julian Simon papers
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Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742