Inventory of the Center for Libertarian Studies records

Finding aid prepared by Hoover Institution staff and Tess McCarthy
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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.


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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.


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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.


Organizational File, 1961-1986

Scope and Contents note

The Board of Advisors files include correspondence, program proposals, ephemera, printed matter, appeal letters, agendas, and event planning records, along with the Speaker's Bureau and Heritage Series correspondence between Bureau staff and experts such as Earl Ravenal, Randy Barnett, Murray Rothbard, Dom Armentano, and Llewellyn (Lew) H. Rockwell, Jr.
Box/Folder 1 : 1

Board of Advisors, 1961 September-1982 January

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Speaker's Bureau and anti-trust symposium, 1977-1982

Box/Folder 1 : 3

Heritage Series program, 1977 October-1982 September

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Printed matter and miscellaneous materials, 1977-1986


Conferences, Colloquia, Events, Seminars, and Symposia Materials, 1976-1984

Scope and Contents note

Includes event records such as budgets, correspondence, proposals, printed matter, conference papers, and manuscripts on CLS conferences, symposia, colloquia, dinners, and talks covering topics such as Austrian economics, philosophy, education, religion, crime and punishment, and libertarian socio-political thought. Includes papers written by CLS participants and scholars for presentation at conferences, seminars, symposia, and professional association meetings, talks and events. Topics include: "Economic History," "The State and the Medical Profession," and "Crime and Punishment."
Box/Folder 1 : 5

Austrian Economics seminar papers, 1976 July-November

Box/Folder 1 : 6

Philosophy conferences and colloquia, 1981-1984

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Harvard Law Conferences and Symposia, 1976 February-1979 February

Box/Folder 2 : 1

Summer Research Seminar on Opponents of Public Schooling, 1977 June 8-August 5

Box/Folder 2 : 2-3

5th Annual Libertarian Conference papers, 1977 October 21-23

Box/Folder 2 : 4

8th Annual Libertarian Scholars Conference papers, 1981 June-November


Murray N. Rothbard event files, 1982-1984

Box/Folder 2 : 5

Events and Orange County dinner records, 1982 May-July

Box/Folder 2 : 6

"Economic Thought from the Greeks Through the 18th Century: A Reappraisal," 1984 February-June

Box/Folder 3 : 1

Stanford University conferences and event materials, 1980-1984

Scope and Contents note

Includes conference proposals, agenda, and correspondence. Files also include work with the Decisions and Ethics Center at Stanford University: "On Human Rights," "On Social Science Methodology," and "Liberty and Culture," with commentator Joan Kennedy Taylor, followed by reception hosted by the Institute for Humane Studies.

West Coast Libertarian Studies Conference, 1980 May-July


"Economics: Austrian Theory and Public Policy," 1982 April-June


6th Annual Day at Stanford: "Banking and Monetary Policy," 1983 June-August


7th Annual Day at Stanford: "Capitalism and Christianity" and "Democracy in Paralysis," 1984 October-November


Midwestern Libertarian Scholars, Chicago Conference materials, 1982-1984

Box/Folder 3 : 2

Correspondence, agenda, and miscellaneous materials, 1983 January-1984 May

Box/Folder 3 : 3

Writings, 1982-1984

Scope and Contents note

Organized according to the original arrangement, by last name. Topics include modern libertarianism and faith, immigration, moral judgement, landlordism, liberty, and corporate freedom.

Cody, John V., circa 1984


Hudson, James L., circa 1984


Presley, Sharon L., circa 1982


Spall, Richard F., Jr., circa 1984


Uyl, Douglas D., circa 1984


Study Group File, 1976-1985

Scope and Contents note

A collection of correspondence, manuscripts, and research files, using the organization's original titles where provided. Files in quotations are the title of the manuscript as orginally labeled by the organization.
Box/Folder 3 : 4

Friedrich A. Hayek, late 1970s

Box/Folder 3 : 5

Children's Rights Project, 1979-1980

Box/Folder 3 : 6

Education and the State, 1976-1979

Scope and Contents note

Includes subject files such as "The Study of Liberty in Colleges and Universities," with conference materials, and correspondence with the Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. (FEE).
Box/Folder 4 : 1

"The Birth of Transfer Society," circa 1978

Box/Folder 4 : 2

"Explaining the Anti-War Movement, 1939-1941: The Next Assignment," 1985 January

Box/Folder 4 : 3

Robert L. Formaini, 1981 August-1982 February

Box/Folder 4 : 4

Dr. Hans-Hermann Hoppe, 1985 February-April

Box/Folder 4 : 5

"Two Concepts of Rule by Law," circa 1985

Box/Folder 4 : 6

Non-Violent Study Group, circa 1979-1983

Box/Folder 4 : 7

Theology and Economics, circa 1982 October-1983 January

Scope and Contents note

Photographs and other materials.

Fellowships File, 1979-1984

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence and seminar presentations on libertarian rights, proposals, and grants.
Box/Folder 4 : 8

John Gray Fellowship, 1979 December-1983 July

Box/Folder 4 : 9

Ludwig von Mises Fellowship Program, 1981-1987

Box/Folder 4 : 10

Mises Fellowship advertisements with History of Ideas and related publications, 1981-1982

Box/Folder 4 : 11

Mark E. Weinburg Fellowship and Grant, 1977 May-1984 August

Scope and Contents note

Includes papers and reports regarding the Weinburg grant and Weinburg's fellowship funded by the Scaife Family Charitable Trust.

The Journal of Libertarian Studies Publication Files, 1977-1986

Scope and Contents note

Contains records such as a grant proposal, correspondence, and submissions to The Journal of Libertarian Studies. The correspondence includes letters between Murray N. Rothbard and libertarian scholars such as Charles Koch and Hans-Hermann Hoppe. Also included are reports on the Austrian Economics Newsletter (AEN).
Box/Folder 5 : 1

Letter to Charles Koch, rejection letters, and manuscripts, 1977 February-1983 November

Box/Folder 5 : 2

Correspondence, 1984 April-1986 June