Register of the Laissez Faire Books records

Finding aid prepared by Loralee Sepsey
Hoover Institution Archives
434 Galvez Mall
Stanford University
Stanford, CA, 94305-6010
(650) 723-3563
hooverarchives@stanford.edu
© 2015


Title: Laissez Faire Books records
Date (inclusive): 1957-2008
Collection Number: 2007C63
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 38 manuscript boxes (15.2 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, financial documents, catalogs, other printed matter, and photographs relating to libertarianism and publishing in the United States.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Laissez Faire Books.

Access

Collection is open for research.
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Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Laissez Faire Books records, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2007.

Accruals

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

1972 Laissez Faire Books opens in New York City, founded by John Muller and Sharon Presley.
1982 Andrea and Howard Rich buy Laissez Faire Books.
1989 Laissez Faire Books moves to San Francisco, California.
1993-1995 Laissez Faire Books reaches peak revenue of $1.3 million per year.
2002 Laissez Faire Books goes bankrupt and is sold to the Foundation for Economic Education.
2003 Laissez Faire Books is sold back to Andrea and Howard Rich.
  Andrea Rich gives Kathleen Nelson Laissez Faire Books, and it is relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas.
2008 Laissez Faire Books announces it is going out of business.
  Laissez Faire Books is sold to the International Society for Individual Liberty.
2011 Laissez Faire Books is sold to Agora Financial LLC, and is currently still operating under this company.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains correspondence, financial records, serial issues, photographs, and other printed matter relating to libertarianism and book publishing in the United States.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Libertarianism--United States.
Publishers and publishing--United States.

 

Correspondence, 1972-2002

 

General, 1982-2002

Box/Folder 1 : 1

A, 1984-2002

Box/Folder 1 : 2-4

B, 1982-1996

Box/Folder 1 : 5-6

C, 1984-1996

Box/Folder 1-7

D, 1986-1996

Box/Folder 2 : 1

E, 1985-1994

Box/Folder 2 : 2

F, 1982-1997

Box/Folder 2 : 3

G, 1982-1998

Box/Folder 2 : 4-5

H, 1983-1994

Box/Folder 2 : 6

I-J, 1984-2002

Box/Folder 2 : 7-8

K, 1985-1999

Box/Folder 3 : 1-2

L, 1984-1994

Box/Folder 3 : 3-4

M, 1982-1996

Box/Folder 3 : 5

N-O, 1984-1994

Box/Folder 3 : 6

P, 1983-1997

Box/Folder 4 : 1

Q-R, 1984-1994

Box/Folder 4 : 2

R, 1984-1994

Box/Folder 4 : 3-4

S, 1983-1996

Box/Folder 4 : 5

T, 1983-1995

Box/Folder 4 : 6

U-V, 1983-1994

Box/Folder 4 : 7

W, 1983-1998

Box/Folder 5 : 1

X-Z, 1984-1996

 

Individuals, 1983-2001

Box/Folder 5 : 2-3

Branden, Nathaniel, 1984-1993

Box/Folder 5 : 4

Hazlitt, Henry, 1983-1986

Box/Folder 5 : 5

Hess, Karl, 1990-1991

Box/Folder 5 : 6

Hessen, Robert, 1983-1986

Box/Folder 5 : 7-8

Kephart, Bob, 1985-1996

Box/Folder 6 : 1

Palo Alto Book Service, 1984-1986

 

Petersen, Dyanne, 1994-2001

Box/Folder 6 : 2

1994

Box/Folder 6 : 3

1995

Box/Folder 6 : 4

1996

Box/Folder 6 : 5-6

1997

Box/Folder 6 : 7, 7 : 1

1998

Box/Folder 7 : 2-4

1999

Box/Folder 7 : 5, 8 : 1-2

2000

Box/Folder 8 : 3

2001

Box/Folder 8 : 4

Telegrams, 1972

 

Multimedia File, 1958-1994

 

Discs, undated

Box/Folder 8 : 5

"Mailing List," undated

Box/Folder 8 : 5

"Untitled," undated

 

Floppy discs, 1994

Box/Folder 9 : 1

"Roy A. Childs Reviews," 1994

 

Tape cassettes, 1958-1992

Box/Folder 9 : 2

"Nathaniel Branden Parody (Rothbard)," 1958

Box/Folder 9 : 2

"Memorial Service for Roy A. Childs, Jr.," 1992

Box/Folder 9 : 2

"Klein Hayek Lecture," undated

Box/Folder 9 : 2

"Walter Block Supper Club," 1986

Box/Folder 9 : 3-6

Photographs, undated

 

Printed Matter, 1957-2008

Box/Folder 10 : 1-4

Advertisements, 1986-1998

Box/Folder 10 : 5

Agendas and minutes 1981-1989

Box/Folder 10 : 6-7, 11 : 1-5, 12 : 1-5

Articles and clippings, 1972-2008

Box/Folder 13 : 1-2

Artwork, 1992-1994

Box/Folder 13 : 3

Book lists, 1993-1997

Box/Folder 13 : 4-5

Calendars, 1973-2002

 

Catalogs, 1973-2004

Box/Folder 13 : 6-7

General, 1985-1996

 

Laissez Faire Books, 1973-2004

Box/Folder 14 : 1

1973-1975

Box/Folder 14 : 2

1976

Box/Folder 14 : 3

1977

Box/Folder 14 : 4

1978

Box/Folder 14 : 5

1979

Box/Folder 14 : 6

1980-1984

Box/Folder 14 : 7

1985

Box/Folder 15 : 1

1986

Box/Folder 15 : 2

1987

Box/Folder 15 : 3

1988

Box/Folder 15 : 4

1989

Box/Folder 15 : 5

1990

Box/Folder 16 : 1

1991

Box/Folder 16 : 2

1992

Box/Folder 16 : 3

1993

Box/Folder 16 : 4

1994

Box/Folder 16 : 5

1995

Box/Folder 17 : 1

1996

Box/Folder 17 : 2

1997

Box/Folder 17 : 3

1998

Box/Folder 17 : 4

1999

Box/Folder 18 : 1

2000

Box/Folder 18 : 2

2001

Box/Folder 18 : 3

2002

Box/Folder 18 : 4

2003

Box/Folder 18 : 5

2004

Box/Folder 19 : 1-2

Contact information, 1988-1992

Box/Folder 19 : 3

Contracts and proposals, 1990-1992

Box/Folder 19 : 4-8

Emails, 1994-2003

Box/Folder 19 : 9, 20 : 1-4

Faxes, 1988-1999

 

Financial documents, 1982-2005

Box/Folder 20 : 5

1982-1987

Box/Folder 20 : 6, 21 : 1

1982-1998

Box/Folder 21 : 2

1988-1989

Box/Folder 21 : 3

1990

Box/Folder 21 : 4

1991

Box/Folder 21 : 5

1992

Box/Folder 21 : 6

1993

Box/Folder 21 : 7

1994

Box/Folder 22 : 1

1995

Box/Folder 22 : 2

1996

Box/Folder 22 : 3

1997

Box/Folder 22 : 4

1998

Box/Folder 22 : 5

1999

Box/Folder 23 : 1

2000

Box/Folder 23 : 2-3

2001

Box/Folder 23 : 4

2003-2005

 

Accounting books, 1977-1982

Box 23

1977-1982

Box 24

Undated

Box/Folder 23 : 5

Flyers, 1983-1988

Box/Folder 24 : 1-4, 25 : 1-7

Manuscripts, 1962-1997

Box/Folder 26 : 1-7, 27 : 1-6, 28 : 1-3

Memoranda, 1980-2002

Box/Folder 28 : 4

Miscellany, circa 1994

Scope and Contents note

Contains miscellaneous printed matter such as a CD catalogue for Roy A. Childs's memorial service, a customer survey, postcard templates, and job listings.
Box/Folder 28 : 5

Order forms, 1981-1988

Box/Folder 28 : 6-7, 29 : 1-2

Pamphlets, 1973-1999

Box/Folder 29 : 3

Press releases, circa 2003

Box/Folder 29 : 4

Reports, 1957-2002

 

Serial issues, 1972-1993

Box/Folder 29 : 5

Ayn Rand Periodicals, 1987

Box/Folder 29 : 6

Books for Libertarians, 1972-1973

Box/Folder 29 : 7

Critical Review, undated

Box/Folder 29 : 8, 30 : 1

Laissez Faire Review, 1973-1985

 

Libertarian Review, 1974-1981

Box/Folder 30 : 2

1974-1975

Box/Folder 30 : 3-4

1976

Box/Folder 30 : 5

1977

Box/Folder 30 : 6

1977-1978

Box/Folder 30 : 7

1978

Box/Folder 31 : 1

1979

Box/Folder 31 : 2

1979-1980

Box/Folder 31 : 3-4

1980

Box/Folder 31 : 5, 32 : 1-3

1981

Box/Folder 32 : 4

Miscellaneous, 1984-1992

Box/Folder 32 : 5

Outlook, 1972-1973

Box/Folder 32 : 6, 33 : 1-3

The Objectivist, 1962-1969

Box/Folder 33 : 4

Rothbard-Rockwell Report, 1992-1993

 

Speeches and Writings, 1980-1999

Box/Folder 34 : 1-4

Notes, 1980-1999

 

Subject File, 1972-2002

Box/Folder 34 : 5-6

Ayn Rand, 1982-1999

Scope and Contents note

Contains issues of the Laissez Faire Books catalog, newspaper articles, lists, notes, and other printed matter relating to the objectivist author Ayn Rand.
Box/Folder 35 : 1

Critical Review, 1988-1989

Scope and Contents note

Contains correspondence, stationery, financial documents, and other printed matter relating to the magazine Critical Review, a project involving Laissez Faire co-owner Howard Rich.
Box/Folder 35 : 2

Eastern European outreach, 1990-1991

Scope and Contents note

Contains photographs, correspondence, essays, and other printed matter relating to Laissez Faire Book's outreach into Eastern European countries, such as Czechoslovakia, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, and Romania, post-communism as an attempt to promote libertarianism. They established an outpost of Laissez Faire Books in Bucharest.
Box/Folder 35 : 3-5

Events, 1972-1991

Scope and Contents note

Contains invitations, guest lists, pamphlets, photographs, and other printed matter relating to social and fundraising events held or attended by Laissez Faire Books.
Box/Folder 35 : 6

Feminism, 1991-1994

Scope and Contents note

Contains pamphlets, newsletters, profiles, and other printed matter relating to feminism and the Association of Libertarian Feminists.
Box/Folder 35 : 7

Hillsdale College, 1996

Scope and Contents note

Contains speeches, notes, correspondence, pamphlets, and other printed matter relating to a talk Laissez Faire co-owner Andrea Rich gave at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan.
Box/Folder 35 : 8

Laissez Faire Book Club, undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains several flyers about the Laissez Faire Book Club, a positive selection mailing list that allowed members to pick and choose their monthly book mailing.
Box/Folder 36 : 1-4

Laissez Faire Books website, 1999-2001

Scope and Contents note

Contains correspondence, artwork, notes, and other printed matter relating to the development of the Laissez Faire Books website.
Box/Folder 36 : 5-6

Libertarian institutes, 1982-1993

Scope and Contents note

Contains newsletters, pamphlets, and other printed matter from various libertarian institutes, such as the Cato Institute, the John Locke Society, and Libertarians Futurist Society.
Box/Folder 36 : 7

Nathaniel Branden, undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains newsletters, articles, and other printed matter relating to Nathaniel Branden, former lover of Ayn Rand.
Box/Folder 37 : 1

Palo Alto Books Service, undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains mailings, catalogs, and other printed matter relating to Palo Alto Book Service, a distributor of books that was based in Palo Alto, California.
Box/Folder 37 : 2-5, Box 38

Thomas Szasz Award, 1996-2002

Scope and Contents note

Contains correspondence, guest lists, pamphlets, nomination packets, and other printed matter relating to the Thomas Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause for Civil Liberties.