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Nicholas Balabkins Correspondence, 1957-1991

Identifier: SC MS 0246

Scope and Contents

Collection mainly composed of personal and academic correspondences. Also contains journal articles and newspaper clippings. Materials are mostly in English; however there are significant amounts that are in German, and very few materials in Russian and Spanish.


  • Creation: 1957 to 1982


Conditions Governing Access

Collection housed remotely. Users need to contact 24 hours in advance.

Conditions Governing Use

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Nicholas Balabkins was born July 17, 1926 in Dunaburg, Latvia. He received his undergraduate education from Georgia-Austria, Gottingen, West Germany in 1949. After WWII, Balabkins immigrated to the United States and went on to obtain his masters and his PhD from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Balabkins has published numerous academic books and journal articles. Balabkins eventually became a professor at Lehigh University and continued his research as a professor emeritus. Balabkins passed away on May 8, 2023 in Bethlehem, PA.


5 boxes ; 2.5 linear feet

Language of Materials



The collection is composed of the academic, personal, and research related correspondences and documents of Nicholas Balabkins, an economics professor at Lehigh University (currently a professor emeritus), from the years 1957 to 1982. The materials in the collection are mostly composed or but are not limited to personal letters, academic reviews, publications, article submissions, research correspondences, and travel information. Balabkins often traveled for research purposes, mainly to Germany and other places in Europe. There are numerous correspondences with notable persons, both from America and Europe, and most specifically, Germany. At Lehigh University, Balabkins taught numerous advanced Economics courses and also participated in the advancement of graduate students to become professors.


Summer of 1968, visited Hamburg, Germany Possibly at ‘The First Conference of Baltic Studies” from November 28-December 1, 1968 Summer of 1969 (April 25th to mid-August), at University of Karlsruhe (now known as the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany) Winter Break of 1970-71, vacation to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic June 12th to June 27th 1972, Africa tour – visited Ghana, Liberia, the Gambia, and Cameroon Visit to Ghana, and possibly other countries in Africa? 25 Sept – 3 Nov 1972, at University of Sussex (United Kingdom) attending study seminar June 12th 1972, conference on Jewish social studies December 16th 1972, delivers paper at Hofstra University Winter Break of 1977-78, in Nigeria May 29th to May 31st 1979 – Rio de Janeiro, May 31st to June 28th 1979 – Johannesburg, June 29th to July 8th 1979 – London Spring-Summer 1981, at Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt Instructor in Economics, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA, 1956-1957. Assistant Professor of Economics, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 1957-1962. Associate Professor of Economics, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA,1963-1966. Professor of Economics, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 1967-1994, Emeritus, 1994.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Nicholas Balabkins, 2008-2009

Related Materials

Nicholas Balabkins Manuscript : "West Germany Reparations to Israel" Call Number: SC MS 0077

Balabkins, Nicholas (Lehigh Collection Vertical File) Call Number: SC LVF B171

Nicholas Balabkins Book Manuscripts Call Number: SC MS 0051

Separated Materials

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William Ying
October 11, 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the Lehigh University Special Collections Repository

Lehigh University
Linderman Library
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Bethlehem PA 18045 USA
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