Inventory of the Gordon Tullock papers
Finding aid prepared by Gordon Brady; revised and updated by Hoover Institution Archives Staff
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Title: Gordon Tullock papers
Date (inclusive): 1927-2009
Collection Number: 82072
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Language of Material:
407 manuscript boxes, 1 phonotape reel, 4 phonotape cassettes
(152.1 linear feet)
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.
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[Identification of item], Gordon Tullock papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1982, with several increments received between 1990 and 2012.
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||Born, Rockford, Illinois
||J.D., University of Chicago
||Worked in China, Hong Kong, and Korea for the United States Foreign Service
||Chinese language studies at Yale University
||Chinese language studies at Cornell University
||Started post-doctoral work at the University of Virginia
||Assistant and associate professor, University of South Carolina
||Associate professor, Thomas Jefferson Center for Political Economy, University of Virginia
||Author, with James M. Buchanan,
The Calculus of Consent: Logical Foundations of Constitutional Democracy
The Politics of Bureaucracy
Public Choice journal
The Organization of Inquiry
||Professor of economics and political science, Rice University
||Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
||Editorial director, Center for the Study of Public Choice
Private Wants, Public Means
The Logic of the Law
The Social Dilemma
The Vote Motive
Trials on Trial: The Pure Theory of Legal Procedure
||Holbert R. Harris university professor, George Mason University
||Karl Eller professor of economics and political science, University of Arizona
The Economics of Non-Human Societies
On Voting: A Public Choice Approach
||Professor of law and economics, George Mason University
||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.
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
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
Biographical file: Includes correspondence, photographs, awards, and resumes.
Public Choice file:
Includes papers submitted to the journal, subscriptions, orders, correspondence, meeting agendas, and sales information.
Correspondence: Includes incoming and outgoing correspondence with economists and others.
Writings by others: Includes drafts and printed matter.
Speeches and writings: Includes drafts, correspondence, book reviews, research files, comments and critiques, and printed copies.
Conference and travel file: Includes materials from Mont Pelerin Society meetings and speeches by Tullock. Includes correspondence and travel arrangements.
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.
Photographs: Includes slides of scenic views and images of buildings and people.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Justice, Administration of.
Gordon Tullock papers inventory,