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  • Title: Leonard P. Liggio papers
    Date (inclusive): 1933-2014
    Collection Number: 2018C43
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 37 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes (20.5 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Writings, correspondence, conference papers, personal documents, printed matter, and audiovisual material relating to libertarian political and free market thought.
    Creator: Atlas Network
    Creator: Liggio, Leonard P.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2018.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Leonard P. Liggio papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Biographical Note

    1933 Born, New York City
    1955 B.S., Georgetown University
    1959 M.A., Fordham University
    1968-1975 Faculty, City College of New York
    1975-1977 Faculty, State University of New York, Old Westbury
    1977 Ph.D., Fordham University
    1977-1978 Vice president, Cato Institute
    1980-1989 President, Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University
    1985-2014 Research professor, George Mason University
    1994-2014 Executive vice president, Atlas Economic Research Foundation
    2002-2004 President, Mont Pelerin Society
    2014 Died, Washington, D.C.

    Scope and Contents of Collection

    The papers of Leonard P. Liggio in the Hoover Institution Library & Archives document Liggio's career as an economic historian and classical liberal scholar. He was consistent in holding free market and libertarian views throughout his life, and promoted these ideas not only in academic writings but as a journalist, conference organizer and fund raiser. He was associated with the Libertarian Party and with numerous free market organizations in the United States and abroad, among them the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, Cato Institute, Liberty Fund, Philadelphia Society, Institute of Economic Affairs, Templeton Foundation, Mont Pelerin Society and Atlas Economic Research Foundation (subsequently Atlas Network).
    The Liggio Papers in the Hoover Institution do not cover his life comprehensively. They are most detailed on Liggio's activities during the 1960s and 1970s, with spottier coverage of those after 1980. An interesting feature of Liggio's early development lay in what he felt to be a convergence between Old Right and New Left interpretations of American history. One illustration of this came in 1971, when, with the Vietnam War in the background, he organized a New Deal Foreign Policy Symposium, bringing together revisionist historians of both persuasions.
    The collection is arranged in ten series. The Correspondence series indicates the range of Liggio's collegial contacts during the 1960s and 1970s in particular. The Speeches and Writings series consists of Liggio's own writings. A large proportion of these are unpublished. Liggio was closely associated with Murray Rothbard and the collection includes extensive drafts by Liggio for Rothbard's two-volume history of the United States, Conceived in Liberty.
    The Conferences File documents several conferences in which Liggio had a hand, the New Deal Foreign Policy Symposium as well as others. More unpublished scholarly writings by other persons are to be found in the Writings by Others file. The Mont Pelerin Society File consists of the circulated records of the Society distributed to members. Liggio served a term as president of the Society.
    There are also a Biographical File, a Subject File, a file of Printed Matter, a small Audiovisual File and an Oversize File.
    The Hoover Institution Library & Archives acquired the Leonard P. Liggio Papers from the Atlas Network in 2018.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Free enterprise