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Historical Bankruptcy | Collaborators & Sponsors



Interested in using the data? Interested in being a research assistant? Interested in supporting our research?

Please contact our Project Director, Prof. Mary Eschelbach Hansen:


Project Director

Mary Eschelbach Hansen, American University


Co-Investigators on Sponsored Awards

Michelle McKinnon Miller, Loyola Marymount University,
Los Angeles

John Parman, The College of William & Mary

Tarun Sabarwal, The University of Kansas


Collaborators on Papers

Nicolas L. Ziebarth, Auburn University

Bradley A. Hansen, University of Mary Washington

John Pedersen, PhD Candidate, Binghamton University


Contributors to Proposals

Dov Cohen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Robert M. Lawless, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and blogger at Credit Slips

Joseph Mason, Louisiana State University


Project Consultants and Advisors

Lendol Caldor, Augustana College

Richard Hynes, University of Virginia

Thanks to our Sponsors!

We appreciate the support of the following funders who have contributed to the project to create A Sample of Historical Bankruptcy Cases.

American University Faculty Research Support Grant (2011-12)

American University College of Arts and Sciences Mellon Grant (2011)

Rutgers University Faculty Research Grant (2012)

Institute for New Economic Thinking (Grant ID INO11-00044), “Emergency Preservation of Federal Bankruptcy Court Records,” (co-PI Michelle Miller, Rutgers Business School; subcontract to Tarun Sabarwal, University of Kansas) August 1, 2011-December 31, 2012

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Grant Number 2011-6-16), “Digital Preservation of Bankruptcy Court Records, 1898-2000,” (co-PI Michelle Miller, Rutgers Business School) September 15, 2011-October 31, 2012

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Endowment for Education, “Opening New Views into Bankruptcy and Credit Markets Using Court Records,” January 1, 2013-December 31, 2013

National Science Foundation, Economics Program Dissertation Improvement Grant (SES-1324468), "Doctoral Dissertation Research in Economics: The Impact of Medicare on Bankruptcy," dissertation supervisor for Megan Fasules, August 15, 2013-July 31, 2014

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Endowment for Education, "Continuing Funding for Opening New Views into Bankruptcy and Credit Markets Using Court Records," January 1, 2014-June 30, 2014

National Science Foundation, Economics and Law and Social Sciences Programs (SES-1355742), "Collaborative Research: Opening New Views into Bankruptcy and Credit Markets Using Court Records," June 1, 2014-May 31, 2016

Loyola Marymount University, Rains Research Assistant Program, 2013-2016

Loyola Marymount University, Bellarmine Research Award Program, 2015-2016

Computing resources provided through National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program Grant (BCS-1039497).

Special access to the holdings of the National Archives is provided by Agreement with American University. The National Archives plans to make the photographs taken under this agreement available to the public through its Online Public Access.