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  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Index to Major Groups

  • Title: Gordon Tullock papers
    Date (inclusive): 1927-2009
    Collection Number: 82072
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 407 manuscript boxes, 1 phonotape reel, 4 phonotape cassettes (152.1 linear feet)
    Abstract: The papers of Gordon Tullock, an American economist and social scientist, consist of writings, correspondence, studies, reports, financial records, printed matter, photographs, and sound recordings related to public choice, decision-making theory, political and economic theory, and legal procedure.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Tullock, Gordon


    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], Gordon Tullock papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1982, with several increments received between 1990 and 2012.


    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.

    Biographical Note

    1922 Born, Rockford, Illinois
    1947 J.D., University of Chicago
    1947-1956 Worked in China, Hong Kong, and Korea for the United States Foreign Service
    1949-1951 Chinese language studies at Yale University
    1951-1952 Chinese language studies at Cornell University
    1958 Started post-doctoral work at the University of Virginia
    1959-1962 Assistant and associate professor, University of South Carolina
    1962-1967 Associate professor, Thomas Jefferson Center for Political Economy, University of Virginia
    1962 Author, with James M. Buchanan, The Calculus of Consent: Logical Foundations of Constitutional Democracy
    1965 Author, The Politics of Bureaucracy
    1966 Founded Public Choice journal
      Author, The Organization of Inquiry
    1967-1968 Professor of economics and political science, Rice University
    1968-1983 Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    1968- Editorial director, Center for the Study of Public Choice
    1970 Author, Private Wants, Public Means
    1971 Author, The Logic of the Law
    1974 Author, The Social Dilemma
    1976 Author, The Vote Motive
    1980 Author, Trials on Trial: The Pure Theory of Legal Procedure
    1983-1987 Holbert R. Harris university professor, George Mason University
    1987 Author, Autocracy
    1987-1999 Karl Eller professor of economics and political science, University of Arizona
    1993 Author, Rent Seeking
    1994 Author, The Economics of Non-Human Societies
    1998 Author, On Voting: A Public Choice Approach
    1999-2008 Professor of law and economics, George Mason University
    2008 Retired to Tucson, Arizona
    2014, November 3 Died, Des Moines, Iowa

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers document the career of Gordon Tullock, an economist known for his work on the theories of public choice and rent seeking. The collection includes writings, correspondence, studies, reports, printed matter, photographs, and sound recordings related to public choice, decision-making theory, political and economic theory, and legal procedure. The materials are divided into three groups based on date of acquisition by the Hoover Institution Archives. Although the collection has not been arranged, the index to major groups can serve as a guide to the collection.
    The Biographical file includes family correspondence, photographs, awards, and resumes.
    Tullock corresponded with many well-known economists and political figures, including Yale Brozen, Karl Brunner, William F. Buckley, Jr., Ronald Coase, Milton Friedman, Gottfried Haberler, F. A. Harper, F. A. von Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, Karl R. Popper, Murray Rothbard, George Stigler, and Kenneth S. Templeton. Correspondence includes Tullock's letters to and from economists and other scholars.
    Tullock was a professor at several universities, including the University of Virginia, George Mason University, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the University of Arizona. The collection includes correspondence and course materials from each of these universities, as well as a general Teaching file.
    In addition to his work as an educator, Tullock was a prolific writer. Speeches and writings contain drafts, research files, correspondence, notes, and printed copies related to Tullock's many books and articles. Further drafts of speeches, as well as meeting materials of the Mont Pelerin Society, can be found in the Conference and travel file.
    With James Buchanan, Tullock founded the economics journal Public Choice in 1966, when it was originally named Papers in Non-Market Economics. Tullock was the editor of Public Choice for many years. The Public Choice file includes papers submitted to the journal, subscriptions, orders, correspondence, meeting agendas, and sales information.
    The collection also contains Writings by others in the form of drafts and printed matter. In addition to a rough proof of Religion and Science by Bertrand Russell, the collection includes writings by Duncan Black, Yale Brozen, James M. Buchanan, James S. Coleman, Otto Davis, Milton Friedman, John Harsanyi, Thomas Ireland, Richard B. McKenzie, Fritz Machlup, Donald Mackinnon, Warren Nutter, Mancur Olson, Edgar Olson, and Vincent Ostrom.

    Index to Major Groups

    Groups Box Nos.
    Biographical file: Includes correspondence, photographs, awards, and resumes. 76,89,199,230,326,377,386,396,400
    Public Choice file: Includes papers submitted to the journal, subscriptions, orders, correspondence, meeting agendas, and sales information. 3-8,141,143,145-146,163,171-173,181,193,199,211-212,214-217,230,244,276-277,282-286,289-301,308-309,341,366,406-407
    Correspondence: Includes incoming and outgoing correspondence with economists and others. 10-18,84,86-88,95,114-126,152-153,174-182,190-192,196,198,204,206-210,214,222-225,231-233,237,239,241,243-244,247-254,267-268,270-275,278-282,287-290,303-309,311,313-321,323-324,354-355,363-365,367-377,406-407
    Writings by others: Includes drafts and printed matter. 2-5,18-39,46-54,66-75,81,85,127-135,153,180-182,196-197,201,214,236,256-261,269,384-385,396-397
    Speeches and writings: Includes drafts, correspondence, book reviews, research files, comments and critiques, and printed copies. 2,9,17,40-45,61-65,77-80,90-91,96-99,100-111,113,136-140,142-144,147-151,155-162,165-170,174-175,181-192,200-203,213-214,218-222,226-229,233-249,251-254,262,267-273,287,302-311,313-321,335-336,342-343,345-354,356-363,367-383,387-396,399-407
    Conference and travel file: Includes materials from Mont Pelerin Society meetings and speeches by Tullock. Includes correspondence and travel arrangements. 55-60,82-83,90,152,193-196,225,230,255,288,310,321-322,325,332
    Teaching file: Includes exam prompts and lecture notes and materials from the University of Arizona and the University of Virginia, as well as other schools. 82,99,112,174,191,255,327-334,337-341,343-345,398
    Photographs: Includes slides of scenic views and images of buildings and people. 1

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Decision making.
    Justice, Administration of.
    Political science.
    Social choice.