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Collection Overview

Creator:
Widenmann, Hans A.
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Hans A. Widenmann Papers
Repository:
Public Policy Papers
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/4b29b5996
Dates:
1915-1977 (mostly 1950-1977)
Size:
60 boxes
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-60
Language:
English German

Abstract

Hans A. Widenmann (1897-1976) was a stockbroker and economist with expertise in national and international monetary affairs. His successful business career was largely spent at Loeb, Rhoades & Company, and he was also frequently called upon to speak about international finance subjects. Widenmann's papers document his career at Loeb, Rhoades & Company and include his correspondence and writings, topical files, and biographical files.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

Widenmann's papers document his career at Loeb, Rhoades & Company and include his correspondence and writings, topical files, and biographical files. His writings include reports prepared for Loeb, Rhoades & Company. The biographical files document his business travels and participation at conferences.

Please see the series descriptions in the contents list for additional information about individual series.

Arrangement:

The Papers have been arranged in four series:

Collection Creator Biography:

Hans A. Widenmann (1897-1976) was a stockbroker and economist with expertise in national and international monetary affairs. His successful business career was largely spent at Loeb, Rhoades & Company, and he was also frequently called upon to speak about international finance subjects.

Hans Adolf Karl Widenmann was born on December 15, 1897 in Hamburg, Germany to Adolf and Augusta Widenmann. In 1914, soon after the family relocated to the United States, Widenmann enrolled at Princeton University. He graduated with honors in economics in 1918. He earned his M.A. from Columbia University in 1919 and his M.Sc. from Columbia in 1920. Widenmann married Dorothy Hicks on April 2, 1927. They had a son Robert, who died during infancy, and a daughter Elizabeth Alice. Dorothy Hicks Widenmann died in 1949.

From 1919 to 1920, Widenmann was a member of the staff of the Division of Research and Statistics of the Federal Reserve Board in New York City. He then began his career on Wall Street, working for the Columbia Trust Company in the foreign department from 1920 to 1922 and in Europe from 1922 to 1923. In 1924, while still in Europe, Widenmann assisted Dr. Edwin W. Kemmerer, under whom he had studied economics at Princeton University, in developing the Dawes Plan in Berlin.

Widenmann returned to the United States in 1924, working again for a short time on the staff of the Division of Research and Statistics of the Federal Reserve Board, this time in Washington, D.C. He then returned to Wall Street for the duration of his career. From 1925 to 1930, he was an executive at the firm of Ludwig Bendix, an international banking and investment firm. In 1931, Widenmann joined the staff of Carl M. Loeb & Company, a brokerage firm. The firm later became Carl M. Loeb, Rhoades & Company, and then Loeb, Rhoades & Company. Widenmann was made a partner in 1940 and became a limited partner in 1971.

Widenmann was active in his field. He served as a lecturer on international exchange and foreign banking systems at the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Banking from 1930 to 1935. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Stock Exchange and the New York Cocoa Exchange, a governor of the Association of Stock Exchange Firms, and a member of the board of arbitration of the New York Stock Exchange. Widenmann was a delegate to and spoke at numerous international financial conferences throughout his career, notably the First Hemispheric Stock Exchange Conference in New York (1947) and subsequent conferences in Santiago, Chile (1948) and Santos, Brazil (1950). He also served as president of the Princeton University Class of 1918 from 1964 to 1976, was a member of the Alumni Council from 1963 to 1976, and served as a member of the advisory council of the Princeton University Art Museum from 1973 to 1976. Widenmann died on November 24, 1976, at the age of 78.

Collection History

Acquisition:

This collection was donated by Elizabeth A. Widenmann, the daughter of Hans. A. Widenmann, in December 1982 .

Archival Appraisal Information:

Duplicate materials were separated from this collection.

Sponsorship:

These papers were processed with the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Fund, and an anonymous foundation.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Adriane Hanson and Christopher Shannon in 2006. Finding aid written by Adriane Hanson in January 2007.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.

Credit this material:

Hans A. Widenmann Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/4b29b5996
Location:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345

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Related Material:

A small collection of Widenmann's notes from his banking classes at Columbia University is located at the Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

This collection is part of a group of 28 Mudd Manuscript Library collections related to 20th century economic thought and development which were processed as part of a National Historical Publications and Records Commission funded project. Researchers wishing to access these collections should search for the subject "Economics--20th century" or related terms in the Princeton University Library Main Catalog. Collections at the Mudd Manuscript Library of particular relevance to the Hans A. Widenmann Papers are the papers of two other bankers with expertise in international finance, Harvey E. Fisk and Fred I. Kent.

Publication Note:

The following sources were consulted during the preparation of the biographical note: "Hans A. Widenmann, 78; Partner in Loeb, Rhoades Had a Long Fiscal Career," The New York Times, November 26, 1976. Widenmann, Hans A. K. 1918; Undergraduate Alumni Records, Box 492; University Archives, Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

Subject Terms:
Brokers -- United States.
Economics -- 20th century.
Finance -- United States.
International finance.
Monetary policy.
Stock exchanges -- United States.
Genre Terms:
Correspondence.
Photographs.
Writings.
Names:
Loeb, Rhoades & Co
Widenmann, Hans A.
Places:
United States -- Economic policy -- 20th century.