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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: Milton Friedman papers
    Date (inclusive): 1931-2006
    Collection Number: 77011
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 227 manuscript boxes, 4 oversize boxes, 4 card file boxes, 1 slide box, 1 envelope (97.8 linear feet)
    Abstract: Speeches and writings, correspondence, notes, statistics, printed matter, sound recordings, videotapes, and photographs relating to economic theory, economic conditions in the United States, and governmental economic policy. Digitized copies of many of the sound and video recordings in this collection, as well as some of Friedman's writings, are available at http://miltonfriedman.hoover.org 
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Friedman, Milton, 1912-2006


    Boxes 103-107 and 235-236 closed. Digital use copies available. The remainder of the collection is open for research.
    Use copies of some sound and video recordings in this collection are available for immediate access. To access other sound recordings, video recordings, or motion picture material, 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.
    Digitized materials are protected by copyright laws and are provided for educational and research purposes only. Any infringing use may be subject to disciplinary action and/or civil or criminal liability as provided by law. If you believe you are the rights holder and object to Hoover's use of a digitized item, please contact hooverarchives@stanford.edu.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Milton Friedman papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    First acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1977, the collection includes additions from the 1980s until 2007 in boxes 109-112 and a large increment in boxes 113-235 acquired in 2008.


    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.

    Alternative Form Available

    Also available on microfilm (226 reels).

    Related Collections

    Collected Works of Milton Friedman website, http://miltonfriedman.hoover.org 
    Collected Works of Milton Friedman Project records, Hoover Institution Archives
    The Legacy of Milton and Rose Friedman's Free to Choose conference proceedings, 2003, Hoover Institution Archives
    Free to Choose: video tape, 1980, Hoover Institution Archives

    Biographical Note

    1912 July 31 Born, Brooklyn, New York
    1932 B.A., Rutgers University
    1933 M.A., University of Chicago
    1934-1935 Research assistant, Social Science Research Committee, University of Chicago
    1935-1937 Associate economist, National Resources Committee, Washington, D.C.
    1937-1940 Lecturer, Columbia University
    1937-1946, 1948-1981 Member, Research Staff, National Bureau of Economic Research, New York
    1938 Married Rose Director
    1940-1941 Visiting professor of economics, University of Wisconsin
    1941-1943 Principal economist, Division of Tax Research, U.S. Treasury Department
    1942 Professor, United States Department of Agriculture Graduate School, Washington, D.C.
    1943 Author (with Carl S. Shoup and Ruth P. Mack), Taxing to Prevent Inflation
    1943-1945 Associate director, Statistical Research Group, Division of War Research, Columbia University
    1945 Author (with Simon S. Kuznets), Income from Independent Professional Practice
    1945-1946 Associate professor of economics and statistics, University of Minnesota
    1946 Ph.D., Columbia University
    1946-1948 Associate professor of economics, University of Chicago
    1948 Author (with Harold A. Freeman, Frederic Mosteller, W. Allen Wallis), Sampling Inspection
    1948-1982 Professor of economics, University of Chicago
    1950 Consultant, Economic Cooperation Administration, Office of the United States Special Representative in Europe, Paris
    1953 Author, Essays in Positive Economics
    1956-1979 Council of Academic Advisers, American Enterprise Institute
    1957 Author, A Theory of the Consumption Function
    1960 Author, A Program for Monetary Stability
    1962 Author, Price Theory: A Provisional Text
      Author (with Rose D. Friedman), Capitalism and Freedom
    1963 Author (with Anna J. Schwartz), A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960
      Author, Inflation: Causes and Consequences
    1968 Author, Dollars and Deficits: Inflation, Monetary Policy and the Balance of Payments
    1968-1994 Advisory Board, Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking
    1969 Author, The Optimum Quantity of Money and Other Essays
    1969-1970 Member, The President's Commission on an All-Volunteer Armed Force
    1970 Author (with Anna J. Schwartz), Monetary Statistics of the United States
    1972 Author, An Economist's Protest: Columns on Political Economy
    1973 Member, The President's Commission on White House Fellows
    1975 Author, There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
    1976 Author, Price Theory
      Recipient, Nobel Prize in Economics
    1977- Senior research fellow, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, California
    1978 Author, Tax Limitation, Inflation and the Role of Government
    1980 Author (with Rose D. Friedman), Free to Choose, and presenter of a ten-part TV series on PBS of the same title.
    1981-1988 Member, The President's Economic Policy Advisory Board
    1982 Author (with Anna J. Schwartz), Monetary Trends in the U.S. and the United Kingdom
    1983 Author, Bright Promises, Dismal Performance: An Economist's Protest
    1983- Professor emeritus, University of Chicago
    1984 Author (with Rose D. Friedman), Tyranny of the Status Quo, and presenter of a three part PBS television program of the same title.
    1986 Awarded the Grand Cordon of the First Class Order of the Sacred Treasure (Japanese Government)
    1988 Awarded the National Medal of Science
      Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
    1992 Author, Money Mischief: Episodes in Monetary History
      Author (with Thomas S. Szasz), edited and with a preface by Arnold S. Trebach and Kevin B. Zeese, Friedman and Szasz on Liberty and Drugs: Essays on the Free Market and Prohibition
    1992- Active Member, Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea (European Academy of Sciences and Arts)
    1993- Founding Member, National Coalition for Drug Policy Change
    1996- Chairman, Board of Directors, Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation to promote public understanding of the need for major reform in K-12 education and the role that competition through educational choice can play in achieving that reform
    1998 Author (with Rose D. Friedman) Two Lucky People: Memoirs
    1999- Member, Advisory Board, California Parents for Educational Choice
    2006 Died

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Milton Friedman papers include a variety of materials relating to economic theory, economic conditions in the United States, and governmental economic policy. Friedman interacted with a wide network of academics, economists, and politicians, with whom he corresponded frequently. The papers display his thoughts and expertise in extensive correspondence, speeches and writings, collected research materials, statistics, printed materials, and photographs, as well as sound and video recordings.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United States--Economic conditions.
    United States--Economic policy.
    Reagan, Ronald.
    Free enterprise.
    Video tapes.