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Blumenthal, W. Michael, 1926-
W. Michael Blumenthal Papers
Public Policy Papers
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circa 1961-1979
81 boxes
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-81


W. Michael Blumenthal is a businessperson and economic adviser who served as Secretary of the Treasury in the Carter Administration. The W. Michael Blumenthal Papers document Blumenthal's service as Secretary of the Treasury.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The W. Michael Blumenthal Papers document Blumenthal's service as Secretary of the Treasury in the Carter Administration. The papers include but are not limited to minutes and other records from the Cabinet Economic Policy Group, correspondence with public officials and business people, speeches and statements, photographs and press clippings, unclassified briefing books with Congressional testimony transcripts, subject files, and so on. Files from and relating to Blumenthal's government service from 1961 to 1967 are also present.


Materials are arranged in the order in which they were received.

Collection Creator Biography:


W. Michael Blumenthal is a businessperson and economic adviser who served as Secretary of the Treasury in the Carter Administration. He was born in Germany in 1926, and with his family escaped Germany for Shanghai in 1939. He emigrated to the United States in 1947 and received his B.Sc. from UC Berkeley in 1951. He received an M.P.A. in public affairs (1953) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics (1956) from Princeton University and went into business.

Starting in 1961, Blumenthal served as deputy assistant secretary for economic affairs, and later as the president's deputy special representative for trade negotiations in both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. He returned to the business world in 1967 to become president of Bendix Corporation.

In 1977 Blumenthal was named Secretary of the Treasury under Jimmy Carter. He resigned from the position in 1979, returning to the private sector. He was chairman and CEO of Unisys at his retirement in 1990.

Blumenthal is the author of The Invisible Wall: Germans and Jews: A Personal Exploration (1998) and From Exile to Washington: A Memoir of Leadership in the Twentieth Century (2013).

Blumenthal was the Founding Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin in 1997, and served there until 2014.

Source: New Start New Jersey Advisory Board biographical statement.

Collection History


The collection was donated by W. Michael Blumenthal in November 2018 . The accession number associated with the donation is ML.2018.018.

Custodial History

The Blumenthal Papers were initially held on deposit at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library and were formally accessioned in November, 2018. Five boxes were donated in 2013, though most were donated earlier.


No material has been separated from the papers.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed. Basic collection record and inventory created by Phoebe Nobles in May 2019.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

W. Michael Blumenthal Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-81