Ms 66 Jerome Laurent Collection

SCOPE & CONTENT: Ms 66 Jerome Laurent Collection

Articles, papers, documents, etc. relating to Great Lakes transportation and economics, with an emphasis on Wisconsin lake ports, as collected for research

Biographical Note:

Jerome Laurent was a professor of economics at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for over 30 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at UW-Eau Claire in 1961, and a master’s degree and doctorate in economics from Indiana University-Bloomington. He began his career at UW-Whitewater in 1965 and was promoted to professor in 1981.  Laurent received the UW-Whitewater W.P. Roseman Excellence in Teaching Award in 1975 and was an invited visiting professor at UW-Madison. UW-Whitewater honored him with its Faculty Outstanding Service Award in 1993.

Laurent generated significant research in the field of economic history, focusing on Great Lakes transportation, and authored many articles on the subject, appearing in publications such as Explorations in Economic History, the Journal of Transport History and the International Journal of Maritime History.


Examples of his published articles include:

“Trade, Transport and Technology: The American Great Lakes, 1866-1910,” Journal of Transport History, Third Series, Vol. 4, No. 1 (March 1983): 1 – 24.

“Trade Associations and Competition in Great Lakes Shipping: The Pre-World War I Years,” International Journal of Maritime History, Vol. 4, No. 2 (December 1992): 117-153.

“‘And Cut Throat Competition Prevented:’ Concentration and Control in Great Lakes Transportation, 1915-1940,” International Journal of Maritime History (December 2002): 43-84.


Extent: 12.5 linear feet (10 banker’s boxes)