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  • Arrangement Statement
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  • Title: George F. Koether papers
    Collection Number: 88021
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Physical Description: 21 manuscript boxes (8.7 linear feet)
    Date (inclusive): 1829-2003
    Date (bulk): 1943-1987
    Abstract: Correspondence, speeches and writings, reports, pamphlets, clippings, photographs, and printed matter relating to laissez-faire economic and political thought, monetary policy, and economic conditions in the United States.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of the Materials: In English and French.
    creator: Koether, George F., 1907-2006


    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], George F. Koether papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1988.


    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

    George Koether was a journalist, speechwriter, businessman, lecturer, economist, a friend to Ludwig and Margit von Mises, and a longtime ambassador for Misesian economics. He was born on July 28, 1907 in Newark, New Jersey. He grew up in Detroit, Michigan and attended Albion College in Michigan where he studied journalism. He also studied business administration at Columbia University, New York.
    In 1930, Koether married Viola B. Kennedy and began his journalism career starting out as a copy editor for Look Magazine in 1943, and later served as the automotive and transportation editor for Look in 1952. Koether is a three-time awardee of the Ted V. Rodgers Journalism Awards for outstanding articles and editorials on highway improvement and use. Koether contributed articles about the automotive industry for the World Book Encyclopedia. Koether also wrote for the Saturday Evening Post, Architectural Forum, Christian Economics, and many others on topics ranging from currency and inflation to politics and economics.
    In 1958, Koether worked as a public relations official for the United States Steel Corporation in New York and was a member of the Public Relations Society of America in the 1960s. He served as staff at organizations such as the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) and the Christian Freedom Foundation. In the 1940s and 1950s, Koether began correspondence with Henry L. Hazlitt who was editor of the quarterly publication, The Freeman encouraging Koether to write for the publication.
    Koether also served as lecturer for the University of Michigan, the New York Civic Education Forum, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute at Auburn College, Alabama.
    In the 1970s, Koether served as chairman for the Committee for Monetary Research and Education, Inc. Around 1976, Koether produced a series of audio-visual films on free market economics and monetary policy. While working for Ingersoll-Rand Corporation, Koether wrote a series of educational materials for employees on economics. Similar curricula was developed and targeted for the layperson at other corporations and schools.
    From the 1980s and throughout his retirement, Koether was a benefactor to the Ludwig von Mises Institute at Auburn College. He passed away March 22, 2006.

    Arrangement Statement

    The collection maintains the original arrangement and hierarchical order of the creator when possible.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The majority of the collection is composed of Subject files, which contain correspondence, speeches and writings, reports, studies, pamphlets, clippings, and other printed matter on Communism, education, religion, politics, economy and economists, and geographic areas. The Correspondence contains letters, memodanum, and printed materials relating to Koether's interest in economic and political policy, corporate industries, and political societies. Also included is a section of Writings which contain drafts, notes, books and published articles.

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    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Mont Pèlerin Society.
    Automobile industry and trade--United States.
    Economists--Austrian school.
    Finance, Personal.
    Look magazine.
    Monetary policy.
    Money--Pictorial works.
    Switzerland--Mont Pèlerin Society.
    Traffic safety--United States.
    Transportation, Automotive--United States.
    United States--Economic conditions--1945-