Hamilton, Walton H.
Tarlton Law Library
The University of Texas at Austin
727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78705-3224
42 linear ft
Walton Hale Hamilton (1881-1958) was an economist, educator, and attorney; a prolific contributor to economic and legal periodicals; and a specialist in the law of social control of business who was active in the New Deal. He taught economics at the University of Michigan (1910-1914), University of Chicago (1914-1915), Amherst College (1915-1923), and Robert Brookings Graduate School (1923-1928); and was a professor of law at Yale University (1928-1948). He worked at the National Recovery Administration Board (1934-1935); served as U.S. delegate to the International Labor Conference, Geneva (1935); was special assistant to the U.S. Attorney General (1938-1945); and practiced law with the firm of Arnold, Fortas and Porter, Washington, D.C. (1948-1958). Contents of the Collection: Correspondence, memoranda, reports,speeches, lectures, printed materials, legal briefs, outlines, student papers, notes, court transcripts, literary productions, and photographs relate to Hamilton's activities as an author, professor of economics, director of the Institute of Economics (which later merged with the Robert Brookings Graduate School to become the Brookings Institution), director of the National Bureau of Economic Research, law professor at Yale University, economist, practicing attorney, and business consultant. Significant correspondents include Clarence E. Ayres, Thurman Arnold, Abe Fortas, and Felix Frankfurter. His papers reflect his research and publications in areas including social control of business, the bituminous coal industry, patents, cartels, price-fixing, antitrust, wage & price controls, the economics of medicine, the U.S. Supreme Court, and academic freedom. Also documented is Hamilton's service on the Committee on Research in Medical Economics (1938) and the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care (1930), and his work as a legal adviser to Edwin H. Armstrong involving the patent for FM radio.