The Joseph Gold Collection includes the professional papers and library of international monetary scholar, Sir Joseph Gold. Sir Joseph served as a member of the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund from 1946 to 1960, as General Counsel and Director of the Legal Department from 1960 to 1979, and as Senior Consultant to the Fund thereafter. Born on July 12, 1912, he was educated at Harvard and London Universities.
Sir Joseph regularly visited SMU to participate in conferences and deliver course lectures. In 1986, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by our University. That same year he delivered the University graduation address on the topic, "Rationality in Economic and Monetary Relations: the Role of the Academy and International Institutions." In 1997, Sir Joseph Gold participated in the Law School's 50th Anniversary Celebration of its International Program. This was to be his final visit to SMU, as he passed away on February 22, 2000, at the age of 87. Sir Joseph's papers are housed in the "Gold Room," a specially designated space on the fourth floor of the Underwood Law Library. We are honored that Sir Joseph Gold has chosen SMU to be the recipient of his distinguished collection, which represents a lifetime of scholarship.