Werner Baer (1931-2016) was a Professor of Economics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1974-2016) with a focus on Latin America and Brazilian development economics in particular. He worked as assistant professor at Yale University (1961-1965) and associate and full professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University (1965 -1974) before coming to UIUC. He also served as the Jorge Lemann Chair in Economics (2001-2013). Baer published numerous books, book reviews, and articles, including The Brazilian Economy: Its Growth and Development / A Economia Brasileira (1979) and Industrialization and Economic Development in Brazil (1965). Baer participated in academic and professional organizations such as the Ford Foundation (Program Advisor, Rio de Janiero, 1967-1976), the Latin American Studies Association (Treasurer, 1986-1987), and as editor for US and Latin American journals. He received several honors and awards, including the National Order of the Southern Cross from the government of Brazil (1982), the Rio Branco Medal from the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2000), and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Brazilian Studies Association (2010).
Professor Baer's papers include his professional correspondence with UIUC and Latin American institutions, conference materials, course materials, a project report and unpublished manuscripts, personal materials including condolences after Baer's death, his awards, books, articles, and book reviews by Werner Baer in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.
Organized into 4 series: Series 1, Biographical and Personal Materials, 1974-2016, arranged alphabetically within the two groups of condolences and awards; Series 2, Correspondence, 1974-2015, arranged chronologically; Series 3, Teaching and Research Materials, 1963-2016, arranged chronologically; and Series 4, Publications, 1956-2016, arranged chronologically.