Fred Gottheil was a Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois from 1959 to 2014, Professor Emeritus after his retirement, and director of the University's Center for Economic Education. His research focused on Marxian economics, the economics of the Middle East, and the oil industry. He served as a Consultant to the White House in Middle Eastern Affairs in 1977, and was a founding member and National Chairman of the American Professors for Peace in the Middle East, and editorial board member of the Middle East Review (1979-1990). Gottheil was a member of Academic Missions to the Middle East (Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Israel) which explored prospects for peace with local academics and public officials, and he lectured at universities in Egypt, Syria, and Israel. Professor Gottheil was an outstanding educator and recipient of many university teaching awards.
After Fred Gottheil's death, most of his papers were shared with colleagues across the globe; his collection at the University Archives only contains some of his remaining papers and digital files. His papers include correspondence from the 1960s through the 2010s, newspaper clippings, lecture announcements, and publications. Also included are Professor Gottheil's 1977 testimony to the White House concerning Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, materials pertaining to Fred Gottheil's work as National Chairman of the American Professors for Peace in the Middle East. After his son Joshua died at age 19, Gottheil began to work on an adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice in which he replaced its Anti-Semitic references with quotes from other works by Shakespeare; a manuscript of the adaptation is included in this collection.
This collection is arranged into two series: Series 1: Subject files, 1960s-2010s, arranged alphabetically; Series 2: Publications, 1960-2013, listing unpublished materials, articles, and books, each arranged chronologically.