Dr. Loren Gatch
Department of Political Science
telephone & voicemail: 405-974-5543
Stuff That I've Found Fun to Do
Over the last decade I have published steadily on scrip, emergency monies, and other local currency, including examples of satirical and other propaganda notes. Some of these pieces have appeared in academic journals. A rather larger number of them can be found in Paper Money, the journal of the Society for Paper Money Collectors (www.spcm.org) with which I have enjoyed a productive (and, I hope, mutually-rewarding) relationship as both an author and columnist.
Whether for an academic or a general interest audience, I have striven to document carefully and accurately the stories of these various monetary ephemera, as well as the interests and ideas that have animated them. Some of these episodes have fallen into historical obscurity, and I view my efforts as contributing to the reconstruction of alternative monetary realities that have been obscured by the dominant relationship between nation-states and money.
In order to make my research more widely available to interested readers, I've provided links below to pdf copies of these articles. Please email me with any comments or suggestions!
"'Thoreau Money' and War Tax Resistance" Paper Money (January-February 2014), 66-74
"Tax Anticipation Scrip during the Great Depression" Paper Money (July-August 2012), 259-267. (This is a shorter version of the IJCCR article, but with some nice pictures.)
"Oklahoma Bank Behavior and the Panic of 1907" Essays in Business and Economic History XXVIII (2010), 5-25.
"Money Matters: The Stamp Scrip Movement in Depression-Era Oklahoma", Chronicles of Oklahoma 84 (Fall 2006), 260-87.
"Sooner Scrip than Cash: Oklahoma's Emergency Currency of March 1933" Paper Money (November/December 2006), 419-433. (This is a shorter version of the Chronicles piece from 2004).