Historical Note/Scope and Content

Historical Note

Founded in 1941 as the Catholic Economic Association (see Edward J. O'Boyle (2014) Origins of the Association for Social Economics, Forum for Social Economics, 43:2, 104-106, DOI: 10.1080/07360932.2014.905106), the ASE is an organization of scholars concerned with the moral and social dimensions of economic problems.

The collection contains correspondence, minutes, publications, and other records of the Association, concerning its annual meetings, publications, and general administration. Included are electronic as well as paper formats. Both of these formats have been integrated into the arrangement scheme and are available to on-site researchers. Paper documents are stored in cardboard boxes and folders. Electronic records (ER) reside in electronic folders on a computer server and are clearly identified as such on the inventories (e.g. ER-1). 

Gift of the Association for Social Economics, 1984.


Scope and Content

Series 1, President Files, 1941-1974, contains scattered correspondence from the officers' tenure in office, along with photographic portraits.

Series 2, Administrative Subject Files, 1947-1984, 1996-2016, contains copies of constitutions, information on constitutional revisions, correspondence, and reports. Much of the correspondence is to or from Sr, Yolanda, who served as secretary-treasurer in the 1950s, The series is arranged alphabetically by subject or type of document and chronologically thereunder.

Series 3, Meetings Files, 1942-1988, 1998-2016, documents meetings of the Executive Council and general membership meetings, and conferences and workshops sponsored by the ASE. Records include minutes, papers, reports, and related correspondence. It is arranged in chronological order. and by type of meeting.

Series 4, Editorial Files, 1951-2004, 1962-2003, contains correspondence and reports related to the editing of ASE publications, arranged alphabetically by subject or type of document and chronologically thereunder.

Series 5, Committee Records, 1943-ca. 1989, contains correspondence, minutes, and reports of ASE committees, arranged alphabetically by name of committee and chronologically thereunder.

Series 6, Publications, 1952-2002, 2013-2016, includes membership directories, newsletters, and a journal, The Forum for Social Economics. (Issues of the latter for 1997 to the present are available online, as is the ASE's other journal, the Review of Social Economy.)

Series 7, Curated Website Captures, 2011-, provides access to versions of the ASE's website.