Collection ID: LMC 2748
Printable View Printable View

Collection context


Ostrom, Elinor
The Ostrom, Elinor mss., ca. 1889-2012, consist of the research, papers, correspondence, publications, manuscripts, proposals, photographs, audio tapes, and realia of Vincent and Elinor Ostrom, their colleagues and families, and the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.
431 Boxes
English .
Preferred citation:

[Item], Ostrom, Elinor mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.


Biographical / Historical:

Awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2009, "for her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons," Ostrom was first the first woman to be so honored. She shared the award with Oliver E. Williamson. Considered one of the leading scholars in the study of common pool resources, Elinor's work examines how humans interact with ecosystems to maintain long-term sustainable resource yields and emphasizes the multi-faceted nature of human-ecosystem interactions. She had a particular emphasis on the relationship between police officers and their community. Vincent's work also involved the nature of human-ecosystem interactions, particularly with water and how it effects communities. He was also interested in institutional arrangement and organization, particularly with the termination of the Klamath Indian reservation in the 1950s and the drafting of a constitution for the state of Alaska.

Scope and Content:

The Elinor Ostrom and Vincent Ostrom series include material concerning research, teaching, professional organizations and conferences, writings by the Ostroms and writings by other people which they consulted in their research or courses they taught. Material that was either created by or concerns both Elinor and Vincent is in the Joint Elinor Ostrom/Vincent Ostrom series under the appropriate subseries. The Workshop series pertains to work directly connected with this organization, although there may be material cataloged under Elinor or Vincent that concerns the functions of the Workshop. Artifacts include objects and other items received with the manuscript material.

Acquisition information:
Gift: 2010-2021

The collection is organized into the following series: Elinor Ostrom; Vincent Ostrom; Joint Elinor Ostrom/Vincent Ostrom Material; Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis; Photographs; Media; and Artifacts.

Physical location:
ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility); Lilly - Vault 2



This collection is open for research.

Many collections are housed offsite; retrieval requires advance notice. Please make an appointment a minimum of one week in advance of your visit.


Photography and digitization may be restricted for some collections. Copyright restrictions may apply. Before publishing, researchers are responsible for securing permission from all applicable copyright holders, then filling out the Permission to Publish Form.


[Item], Ostrom, Elinor mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Indiana University Bloomington
1200 East Seventh Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5500, USA
Indiana University Bloomington
(812) 855-2452