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Papers of Professor William T. Baxter

Identifier: Coll-1160

Scope and Contents

Professor Kenneth E. Boulding had kept in touch with Professor William T. Baxter throughout his career, and the collection of Baxter papers here at Edinburgh is composed largely of American-style circular letters distributed to friends at Christmas and describing family life, visits, events during the year past, and ambitions for the coming year. There are letters from: 1967; 1968; 1969; 1971; 1980; 1981; 1982; 1984; 1985; 1986; and 1990.

The collection is also composed of:

  1. - three photographs of Boulding: two of which show Boulding himself, and one which is a family group
  2. - a copy of the poemsSonnet for my muse I, andSonnet for my muse II
  3. - a copy of the poemSonnet, first line of which is 'Spring is a lovely, tantalising jade!'
  4. - copy ofCarols and hymns, from 1939 to 1989, by Kenneth Boulding
  5. - postcard from Japan, dated 28 November 1963, printed withHaiku from the Japanesewhich was the Boulding family epistle for Christmas 1963
  6. - publisher's circular forThora's Saga - A tale of old Icelandby J. Russell Boulding
  7. - photo-copy of some pages (pp.85-89) fromBeasts, ballads, and Bouldingisms
  8. - obituaries - Kenneth E. Boulding -Times22 March 1993, andNew York Times20 March 1993

There is also a copy ofThe theory of a single investmentby Kenneth E. Boulding.

Contained within a signed (by Baxter) copy of the 1st edition of Boulding'sEconomic Analysiswhich was also contained in the transit from the Baxter estate (and about which see the Library Catalogue) there were pencil-work inserts composed of the following:

  1. - from pp.702-703 - Growth of tree
  2. - from pp.672-673 - Optimum mix (2 pencil sheets); Boulding p.500
  3. - from pp.424-425 - Cost and Rev; Cost curves

In a


  • Creation: 1963-1993

Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

At the time of his death in 2006, Professor William T. Baxter CA, was Emeritus Professor of Accounting at the London School of Economics (LSE). He had joined the LSE just after the end of the Second World War following periods spent as a student in the USA (at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard), as a part-time Lecturer at Edinburgh University, and as Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

While in Edinburgh in the 1930s, Baxter met Kenneth E. Boulding (1910-1993), economist, philosopher, poet and Nobel-nominee. Born in Liverpool, England in 1910, and an Oxford garduate, Boulding had held fellowships at Harvard and Chicago, and after a short spell of teaching at Edinburgh University went to the USA for good and finally settled at the University of Colorado. Boulding's first bookEconomic analysiswas an introductory text book which 'blended Keynesian and neoclassical economic theory into a coherent synthesis'. He believed that 'depressions are due to too little private spending and that governments should run deficits to end them'. Baxter is lauded for his theory of deprival value and its use in nationalised and private utilities in the UK, and for his contribution to the accounting standards debate.

Professor William T. Baxter died in 2006 at the age of 99-years, and just short of his 100th birthday. Professor Kenneth E. Boulding died in 1993.


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Physical Location


Papers of Professor William T. Baxter (1906-2006) relating to Kenneth E. Boulding (1910-1993)
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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