Angus Maddison Papers

Biographical / Historical Note

Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom 1926, died in Paris 2010; Professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Groningen, The Netherlands and co-founder of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre; his career started in the late 1940s; worked on a wide range of economic policy and development issues at the Organization for European Economic Cooperation (OEEC), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and under a variety of consultancy contracts; appointed at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Groningen to spend his time in researching the problems of economic growth and development 1978; published his autobiography Confessions of a Chiffrephile 1994; For more detailed information on his life, work, publications, (auto)biography and his digital archive hosted by the Groningen Growth and Development Centre see the website Maddison Project.


The disclosure of the archive has been done relatively generally which means there is overlap between different sections. The sections are therefore not an exhaustive list and it is recommended to consult the entire list when researching a particular topic. Especially research, correspondence and articles by Maddison and OECD-material can be found throughout the entire archive. The dates in the description concern the dates of creation, not the dates covered in the material itself. Part of the archive is organized alphabetically and part is organized chronologically.

The section CORRESPONDENCE contains a wide range of correspondence by Maddison; MANUSCRIPTS/PUBLICATIONS are work by Maddison himself and its background material; ARTICLES concerns work written by others and the section reviews contains reviews of Maddison’s publications; CONFERENCES is materials of conferences attended or organized by Maddison; LECTURES contains material of lectures held by him; THEMES is a very broad section, concerning many subjects Maddison researched; COUNTRIES contains publications, correspondence and official documentation organized per country; OECD contains various reports from Maddison’s time at the OECD; RESEARCH FILES concern research carried out by others under supervision of/aided by Maddison.


Correspondence from the period he was working for the Organization for European Economic Cooperation (OEEC) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 1950s and 1960s; correspondence, data, manuscripts and publications on and resulting from his research on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), looking at the phenomena of economic growth and development in various countries (worldwide) and eras (0-2000); 1947-2010; See also the Maddison Project for more information and updated versions of his dataset and his original homepage for the unaltered final dataset

Digital material: documents originally on disks in inv. nos. 54, 173, 244, 346, 351 and 380.

Processing Information

Inventory made by Jacques van Gerwen, Tessa Pietersma, Léon Masselink and Merel Blok in 2016.