An Archival Case Study: Revisiting The Life and Political Economy of Lauchlin Currie

  • Roger J. Sandilands
Part of the Archival Insights into the Evolution of Economics book series (AIEE)


I had been closely associated with Lauchlin Currie (1902–93) for almost twenty years, as student and research assistant, before formally embarking on his biography (Sandilands, 1990) in 1987. Though by then nearly 85, Currie was still a senior adviser to the Colombian government, mentally very alert, and even physically fit enough to play tennis daily, and at weekends to hack terraces out of a Colombian mountainside where he experimented with the cultivation of irises. Over the next two and a half years I was able to interview or write to him on any aspect of his life and work on which I needed more information. He also gave me carte blanche to rifle through his extensive archives. My working conditions while in Colombia (June 1987–January 1988 and June–August 1988) were close to ideal. On weekdays I occupied an office next to Currie’s in the Colombian Savings and Loan Institute, and at weekends I freely explored bulging cupboards and filing cabinets at his home.


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