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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lawrence Samuels collection
    Dates: 1942-1988
    Collection number: 2007C18
    Creator: Samuels, Lawrence
    Collection Size: 15 manuscript boxes 6.25 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Materials relating to Libertarianism and Libertarian organizations collected by Lawrence Samuels, who is the Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Monterey County, and Northern Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party in California.
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information


    The collection is open for research
    Access to audiovisual materials requires at least two weeks advance notice. Audiovisual materials include sound recordings, video recordings, and motion picture film. Hoover staff will determine whether use copies of the materials requested can be made available. Some materials may not be accessible even with advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives for further information.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lawrence Samuels collection, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2007


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Lawrence K. Samuels is editor and a contributing author of Facets of Liberty: A Libertarian Primer. He serves as the Northern California vice chair of the Libertarian Party. He also co-chairs Monterey County Libertarians for Peace.
    Lawrence K. Samuels won honorable mention at the East of Eden Writers Conference in 2002 for his historical novel Ferret: The Reluctant King. He is a member of the California Writers Club and was the editor of Rampart Institute's quarterly magazine in the early 1980s.
    Samuels is a graduate of California State University at Fullerton (1976), where he minored in journalism. He was the editor-in-chief and a columnist for the campus newspaper at Fullerton College. He later wrote guest columns for the Orange County Register, the third largest newspaper in California. He managed the Future of Freedom Conference series for five years in Southern California, arranging speaking engagements for Timothy Leary, Ray Bradbury, Arthur Laffer, Karl Hess, Nathaniel Brandon, and dozens of other scholars and writers.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Materials relating to Libertarianism and Libertarian organizations collected by Lawrence Samuels, who is the Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Monterey County, and Northern Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party in California.
    The Libertarian Party materials are comprised of printed materials documenting the activities the Libertarian Party in general and California Libertarian Party in particular. Documents include information about the bylaws, platform, principals, and issues of the Libertarian Party. Collected materials focus on election materials, Libertarian Party conventions, conferences, background materials and writings, correspondence, and a list of Free Enterprise Organizations around the world.
    Libertarian (and non Libertarian) publications include books and periodicals, pamphlets, newsletters, bulletins, journals, and magazines and newspapers. Although libertarianism is usually considered a conservative ideology, other conservatives often argue that government is needed to maintain social order and morality. They argue that excessive personal freedoms encourage dangerous and irresponsible behavior. Some of the most commonly debated issues are sexual norms, the drug war and public education. Most of the publications are for those interested in individual liberty and the philosophy behind politics.
    Books series includes libertarian books published by Lawrence Samuels and Robert Le Fevre – a Libertarian businessman, radio personality and primary theorist of autarchism (a political philosophy that upholds the principle of individual liberty, rejects compulsory government, and supports the elimination of government in favor of ruling yourself and no other).


    The collection is organized into four series: Libertarian Party materials, Libertarian publications, Publications (non Libertarian), and Books.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in Stanford University's online catalog.


    Libertarian Party
    Libertarianism – United States
    Libertarianism – California
    Presidents—United States—Election
    Elections – California
    Education - California
    California – Politics and government
    Students for a Libertarian Society
    Student movements – United States
    Bergland, David