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Otto Donner Papers

Identifier: GTM-001003

Scope and Contents Note

The Otto Donner Papers contain materials by and about Otto Donner (1902-1981), a noted economist who served as an economics professor at Georgetown University and a public official at the International Bank of Reconstruction and Development and the International Monetary Fund. Correspondence, manuscripts by Donner, subject files, publications by Donner, and publications by others are present in the Donner Papers. Correspondents include Otmar Emminger, Wilfried Guth, and Heinrich Kronstein. The Otto Donner Papers are preserved in 17 archival boxes amounting to 25.5 linear feet. The documents date from 1945 to 1980.


  • 1945 - 1980
  • Majority of material found within 1954 - 1968

Conditions Governing Access note

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Box 18 of the Otto Donner Papers contains Restricted Materials (letters of recommendation and student grades).

Biographical Note

Otto Donner (1902-1981) was a World Bank officer, an economist, and a professor known as an authority on business cycles, statistics, and foreign aid. Donner was born in Germany. He received a doctorate in economics from the University of Berlin. Early in his career, he worked for the German Institute for Economic Research and the German Statistical Institute. In 1941, he began teaching economics at the University of Hamburg, and, in 1944, he taught at the Economic University of Berlin. Donner emigrated to the United States in 1947. He held a number of high-ranking posts throughout his career. For two years, Donner held a position as an alternative executive director of the International Monetary Fund. From 1954 to 1968, he served as the World Bank's executive director for Germany. In 1968, he worked in New York as a representative of the Westdeutsche Landesbank. Donner also taught economics at Georgetown University from 1947 to 1968.

Otto Donner died at the age of 79 in Washington, D.C. on June 30, 1981.

[Source: Obituary in "Washington Post," 7/3/1981].


24.75 Linear Feet (18 boxes)

Language of Materials


Otto Donner Papers
Scott S. Taylor. Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
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Language of description note
English and German

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057