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Robert Triffin papers

Call Number: MS 874

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of subject files with a limited amount of correspondence, confidential reports mimeographed for limited distribution, printed material on economic development of various foreign countries, carbon typescripts of writings, articles and lectures, research material, and unpublished manuscripts by Triffin, and press clipping files. Files on courses taught at Yale are also present, and some include original material from the subject files which have been filed in with the course material. The presence of a significant amount of correspondence within a folder has been noted whenever possible in the inventory.

Subject files are relative to the financial integration of Europe centering on monetary systems and banking. Of particular interest is the material concerning the economic reconstruction of Europe after W.W.II, which includes reports on the economic penetration of the Germans into the financial structures of occupied countries, including those in Eastern Europe. (See Boxes 24-26). Main topics include: International Monetary Fund, European Payments Union, European Economic Community, O.E.E.C, international liquidity and monetary reform, economic conditions in Europe and Latin America, problems with the U.S. dollar, gold and sterling, exchange rates and the unit of account. Files on Triffin's financial missions abroad for the U.S. government are divided by country. They cover Missions to Latin America, Missions to Western Europe and Japan. The Mission to Iran is well documented and includes folders on the nationalization of the oil industry and the oil negotiations, 1951-1952. Also present are the files on the ECAFE Missions to Asia on the Asian Payments Union. Beginning as almost a complete folder by folder listing, the preliminary inventory grows more general after Box 20. The material in the last boxes arrived in a less organized state and should be checked by researchers if it bears upon their topic. Little rearrangement of the contents of the papers has been done.


  • 1934-1978


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Robert Triffin was transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact

Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Robert Triffin, 1979.


Arranged by accession.


38.5 Linear Feet (39 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Correspondence, reports, writings, lectures, and clippings relating to Robert Triffin's career as an economist and professor of economics at Yale University, including material on European monetary systems and banking, and financial missions around the world.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Triffin (1911-): born in Belgium; M.A., Harvard, 1938, Ph.D., 1939; instructor in economics, Harvard, 1939-1942; chief Latin Am. sect. bd. of govs., Fed. Res. System, 1942-1946; dir. exchange control div., IMF, 1946-1948, head tech. rep. in Europe, 1948-1949; prof. economics, Yale, 1951-1958, Pelatiah Perit Prof. Pol. & Soc. Sci., 1957-1967, Frederick Wm. Beinecke Prof. Economics 1967-1979, emeritus, 1979-

Guide to the Robert Triffin Papers
Preliminary Inventory by Kathy M. U. Straka
April 1979
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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