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Charles C. Slater Papers

Identifier: COU:1472

Scope and Contents

The Charles C. Slater Collection consists of a selection of C. Slater’s professional and academic papers. I. SCHOLARLY REPORTS, CORRESPONDENCE, AND UNIVERSITY MATERIALS contains academic files and his curriculum vitae, as well as his correspondence and materials from a selection of the classes he taught, mostly in the Business College. II. PUBLICATIONS AND WORK ON MARKET PROCESSING holds the outlines for his book, Easy Transition in Southern Africa: New Techniques for Policy Planning. It also holds the first draft of his book Market Process. Then there are several of his papers on market processing. III. REPORTS/PAPERS/PUBLICATIONS ON MARKETING AND NUTRITION IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES includes reports produced about the nutrition in several countries, including Jamaica and Kenya. It contains reports and workshop outlines about nutrition, as well as his ideas and program manual on KENSIM. This section also contains idea proposals and papers about marketing and nutrition in several countries. There are some conference papers that were written in the 1970s. There are also computer data simulations of demand-driven economic models of various foreign countries, using the programs made by Slater. The remainder of section III includes papers and publications concerning the development plans of certain Afro-Arabic countries. It also includes papers concerning agro-marketing. IV. DOCUMENTS RELATING TO COLOSIM holds a group of folders containing data on COLOSIM, another program made by Slater. Because of the report forms of the documents, they are obsolete as of 1982. The OVERSIZED BOXES are reports containing computer runs for COLOSIM.


  • 1968 - 1978

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Biographical Note

Professor Charles C. Slater was born July 29, 1924, in Denver, Colorado. In December, 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in European Theatre. After the war, Slater attended Northwestern University where he received his B.S. (1949), his M.A. in economic history (1954), and his Ph.D. in economics (1956). He was an assistant professor in advertising and marketing courses at Loyola University, Chicago, from 1950-1955. From 1955 to 1958, he was the first Director of Marketing Research and then a vice president at Omar, INC. Between 1958 and 1963, he was the head of the Consumer Marketing Section at A. D. Little, Inc. He was a professor of marketing in the Graduate School of Business at Michigan State University from 1963 until 1968. Slater received an appointment as professor at the College of Business at the University of Colorado from 1968 to1978. During his time there he directed the Doctoral Research Planning Seminar for business students, taught courses in marketing and management, and seminars on world agriculture in the Economics Department.

After he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado, Professor Slater participated in several international projects. From 1972 to 1974, he was an economic advisor to the government of Kenya, under Ford Foundation auspices. Upon his return from that assignment, he worked with the University Tax Lab, doing a study of cassava-dependent peoples of Nigeria. He was involved in nutrition planning. While in Kenya, Professor Slater collaborated with Professor Geoffrey Walsham of Cambridge University to design a demand-driven simulation model of the Kenyan economy. This model has had practical applications in trade-off assessments in Kenya and was modified to simulate the problems associated with the transition to majority rule in Rhodesia. A prototype model of the U.S economy (1960-1970) had also been designed and used to perform extensive sensitivity testing for the general class models.

Professor Slater’s research interests and activities center upon macro-marketing, food systems planning, and the design and the application of simulation models to facilitate analysis and decision making in all phases of development planning. Slater died of cancer in 1978 in Denver, Colorado.


9.5 linear feet (13 boxes)

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Charles C. Slater (1924-1978) was a professor in the University of Colorado College of Business from 1968 until his death in November 1978. Professor Slater’s research centered upon macro-marketing, food systems planning, and simulation models for planning including the project COLOSIM.


This collection is arranged in the following series: Series 1: Scholarly Reports, Correspondence, and University Materials Series 2: Publications and Work on Market Processing Series 3: Reports/Papers/Publications on Marketing and Nutrition in Foreign Countries Series 4: Documents Relating to Colosim Series 5: Oversized Boxes

Inventoried by: Doris Mitterling, July 2, 1979 Reformatted by: Bryan E. Lyman, October 5, 2007 Rehoused by: Olivia H. Aldinger, February, 2015
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