Beatrice Aitchison papers, 1931-1979  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Aitchison, Beatrice
Beatrice Aitchison papers
1931-1979 (inclusive)
49.5 linear feet, (33 containers)
Collection Number
Bx 137
Beatrice Aitchison was a Portland, Oregon native who was educated in economics and had a long career as a transportation economist. The collection includes transportation and postal information, dockets, reports and projects, speeches, and personal papers.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes transportation and postal information, dockets, reports and projects, speeches, personal papers and a 1992 Addenda.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Beatrice Aitchison (1908-1997) was born in Portland, Oregon, to Bertha Beatrice (Williams) and Clyde Bruce Aitchison. She attended private schools in Oregon before her family moved to Washington, D.C. where she attended public schools. She graduated from Goucher College in 1928 and earned a Masters Degree from John Hopkins University in 1931, and a PhD in 1933.

Aitchison returned to Oregon in 1935 and in 1937 received her second masters, this time in economics at the University of Oregon. She worked at the American University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She returned to teach economics at the University of Oregon in 1939. In 1942 Aitchison left the UO to begin a long career as a transportation economist with the US government, beginning with the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC), then the Transport Economics Divison of the Office of Transportation, and ending with the U.S. Postal Service from which she retired in 1971.

Aitchison conducted research projects on transportation and testified before numerous regulatory agencies. She helped found the American Society of Traffic and Transportation (later called the American Society of Transportation and Logistics). Aitchison won numerous awards over her long career, including the first Federal Woman's Award given by the ICC. She also established grants and fellowships for faculty and students at Johns Hopkins and Goucher College. Aitchison died at the age of 89 in 1997, leaving no immediate survivors.

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Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Beatrice Aitchison papers, Bx 137, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Economists--Oregon
  • Economists--United States
  • Transportation and state--United States
  • Transportation--Research--United States
  • Women economists--Oregon
  • Women economists--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Aitchison, Beatrice
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Interstate Commerce Commission.
  • United States. Post Office Dept. Bureau of Transportation.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Speeches