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Inventory of the Center for Libertarian Studies records
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  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Historical Note
  • Related Collection(s)
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: Center for Libertarian Studies records
    Date (inclusive): 1961-1986
    Date (bulk): 1977-1984
    Collection Number: 96043
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 5 manuscript boxes (1.9 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, reports, conference papers, draft journal articles, proposals, agenda, and financial records relating to libertarianism.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Center for Libertarian Studies.


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Center for Libertarian Studies records, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1996.


    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 at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Historical Note

    The Center for Libertarian Studies (CLS), an American non-profit organization for the promotion of libertarianism and libertarian research, was founded in 1976 by Murray N. Rothbard and Burton S. Blumert. The organization developed from the Libertarian Scholars Conferences and was headquartered in New York, New York, where most of its early conferences were held. The organization later moved to Burlingame, California.
    The Center for Libertarian Studies held events such as conferences, seminars, symposia, dinners, and other meetings where libertarian scholars spoke, including Murray N. Rothbard, Llewelyn (Lew) Rockwell, Jr., Dom Armentano, Earl Ravenal, Henry Mark Holzer, Wendy McElroy, Randy Barnett, and Richard Epstein. In 1982, Rothbard and Blumert, along with Lew Rockwell, went on to found the Ludwig von Mises Institute to further libertarian research and study in Austrian economics, freedom, and peace.
    The CLS published the newsletter In Pursuit of Liberty, along with various CLS-sponsored papers, articles and monographs. The Journal of Libertarian Studies is a scholarly, peer-reviewed title that the CLS published from 1977 to 2000; after that time the Mises Institute took over the publication. Additionally, the CLS founded the Ludwig von Mises Fellowship awarding achievement in Libertarian scholarship.
    Murray N. Rothbard died in 1995. Burton S. Blumert retired in 2008 and died in March 2009.

    Related Collection(s)

    Gottfried Haberler Papers, Hoover Institution Archives.
    Libertarian Party of California Records, Hoover Institution Archives.
    Mont Pèlerin Society Records, Hoover Institution Archives.
    "Inventory of the private papers of Ludwig Von Mises," 1978. Stanford University Library.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection includes correspondence, reports, conference papers, journal articles and drafts, proposals, organizational rosters, mailing lists, agenda, ephemera, budgets and financial records, photographs, and printed matter relating to libertarianism and its socio-political impact, covering topics such as immigration, education, economics, philosophy, and non-violence.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Austrian school of economics.
    Blumert, Burton S., 1929-2009.
    Education -- Libertarian theories, to 1982
    Immigration rights.
    Libertarianism--United States.
    Rothbard, Murray Newton, 1926-1995.
    Von Mises, Ludwig, 1881-1973.