Scope and Content of Collection
Scope and Content of Incremental Materials
Title: Friedrich A. von Hayek papers,
Date (inclusive): 1906-2005
Collection number: 86002
Hayek, Friedrich A. von (Friedrich August), 1899-1992.
139 manuscript boxes, 8 oversize boxes, 23 card file boxes, 5 envelopes, 2 audio tapes, 16 videotape cassettes, digital files
(66 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Diaries, correspondence, speeches and writings, notes, conference papers, conference programs, printed matter, sound recordings,
and photographs, relating to laissez-faire economics and associated concepts of liberty, and especially to activities of the
Mont Pèlerin Society. Most of collection also available on microfilm (91 reels). Sound use copies of sound recordings available.
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Most of collection (Boxes 1-118) also available on microfilm (91 reels).
Increments may have been received since this finding aid was prepared. Please check Stanford University's online catalog Socrates
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Mont Pèlerin Society.
|1899, May 8
||Born, Vienna, Austria
||Dr. jur., Universitat Wien, Vienna, Austria
||Dr. rer. pol., Universitat Wien
||Director, Osterreichisches Institut fur Konjunkturforschung (Austrian Institute for Economic Research)
Monetary Theory and the Trade Cycle
Habilitation, Universitat Wien
||Lecturer in Economics, Universitat Wien
Prices and Production
||Guest professor, University of London, England
||Tooke Professor of Economic Science and Statistics, University of London, England
Collectivist Economic Planning
Monetary Nationalism and International Stability
||Naturalized British subject
Profits, Interest and Investment
||D. Sc. (Economics), University of London, England
The Pure Theory of Capital
The Road to Serfdom
||President, Mont Pèlerin Society
Individualism and Economic Order
||Visiting Professor of Finance, University of Arkansas
||Professor of Social and Moral Science, University of Chicago
John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor: Their Friendship and Subsequent Marriage
The Counter-Revolution of Science: Studies on the Abuse of Reason
The Sensory Order
||Lecturer on Political Economy, Harvard University
The Political Ideal of the Rule of Law
The Constitution of Liberty
||Professor of Economic Policy, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg i. Br., Germany
Studies in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
||Visiting Flint Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
||Guest Professor, Universitat Salzburg, Austria
|1973, 1976, 1979
Law, Legislation and Liberty: A New Statement of the Liberal Principles of Justice and Political Economy (3 volumes)
||Joint Nobel Prize in Economics (with Gunnar Myrdal)
||Honorary Fellow, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
New Studies in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and the History of Ideas
Money, Capital and Fluctuations
The Fatal Conceit
Scope and Content of Collection
The original accession of papers donated during the lifetime of Friedrich A. von Hayek, relates to laissez-faire economics
and associated concepts of liberty, and especially to activities of the Mont Pèlerin Society as documented in diaries, correspondence,
speeches and writings, notes, conference papers, conference programs, printed matter, sound recordings, and photographs. Materials
of the same time periods may also be found in the Incremental Materials. Sound use copies of sound recordings available. Most
of collection (Boxes 1-118) also available on microfilm (91 reels).
Scope and Content of Incremental Materials
The two sections of incremental materials of the Friedrich A. von Hayek papers constitute a significant part of the collection,
representing nearly half of the entire papers. The materials were received after Hayek's death from his family and his longtime
secretary, Charlotte Cubitt. Consisting largely of correspondence, speeches and writings, and notes, they document Hayek's
career as an economist and his larger role as a public intellectual advocating free market principles and denouncing state
intervention in matters of economic and social policy. The materials provide insight into the development of Hayek's thought
as a leading figure of the Austrian School of economics, and they also record the influence of his ideas on the political
debates of his time, especially in the United States and Great Britain.
Correspondence series in the incremental materials include exchanges of letters with fellow economists, publishers, and individuals active
in the institutions with which Hayek was associated. Among the latter are colleagues and officials at the universities (London
School of Economics, University of Chicago) where Hayek taught, as well as fellow members of the Mont Pèlerin Society, an
organization founded by Hayek and in which he played a leading role for many years. The series contains Hayek's correspondence
with economists associated with the Institute of Economic Affairs (Ralph Harris and Arthur Seldon, among others) and British
politicians influenced by his ideas, including Margaret Thatcher. There is also extensive correspondence between Hayek and
William W. Bartley, the editor of his final book, The Fatal Conceit. The incremental materials also include a separate correspondence
series relating to Charlotte Cubitt, and which dates from the last period of Hayek's life when he was in declining health.
Speeches and Writings series in the incremental materials span nearly the whole of Hayek's prolific career as an author. They include early articles
and book reviews, unpublished manuscripts on economics and psychology, and various prefaces and introductions prepared for
foreign editions of his books. There are a number of speeches, as well as letters written to the editor of The Times of London.
The series also contain drafts of such major works as The Road to Serfdom, the three volumes that comprise Law, Legislation
and Liberty, and Hayek's final book, The Fatal Conceit. There are multiple versions of chapters of The Fatal Conceit, showing
Hayek's corrections and revisions, and allowing for a comparison of Hayek's original conception of the work with its ultimate,
published form, whose extensive editing has been the subject of some controversy. Additionally, the Reviews of works by and
about Hayek series in the second part of the incremental materials collects commentary on many of Hayek's published works.
There is an abundance of reviews of The Road to Serfdom, most dating from the time of its original publication, but also some
relating to subsequent editions, including translations. These articles show the success that the book achieved with the
general public as well as demonstrating its impact on editorial and scholarly opinion at the time.
There is a significant amount of documentation on Hayek's personal and professional lives in the two
Biographical file series in the incremental materials. The second section contains many articles and clippings relating to Hayek, as well
as some autobiographical writings, including a travel journal kept during a trip to France and Italy. In addition, there
is a lengthy oral history consisting of extensive interviews with Hayek that were conducted by scholars under the auspices
of the University of California at Los Angeles. There are also many clippings and other articles about Hayek in the Scrapbooks
series of the second section of incremental materials.
Notes series in the second part of the incremental materials is comprised largely of notebooks, containing Hayek's notes on specific
subjects, and a vast quantity of note cards, some of which relate to the writing of The Fatal Conceit. There are also many
unsorted note cards pertaining largely to economics and philosophy, and whose diverse topics are indicative of the scope of
Hayek's intellectual interests.
Academic career file series contain lectures given by Hayek in his capacity as a professor of economics, including his earliest lectures in Great
Britain. The two
Writings by others series consists largely of articles, many of which touch on themes in Hayek's work. The second part of the incremental materials
Photographs series with numerous prints depicting Hayek, including ones relating to meetings of the Mont Pèlerin Society.