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  • Title: Richard C. Cornuelle papers
    Date (inclusive): 1895-2011
    Collection Number: 2015C13
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 33 manuscript boxes, 1 card file box (14.2 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, writings, notes, printed matter, photographs, and videocassettes relating to libertarian social theory and to private philanthropy as a means of meeting social needs.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Cornuelle, Richard C., 1927-2011.


    The 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], Richard C. Cornuelle papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2014.


    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 catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Collection(s)

    Milton Friedman papers, Hoover Institution Archives

    Biographical Note

    Richard Charles Cornuelle was a well-known American libertarian thinker who is credited with coining the term “independent sector.” He is the author of a number of articles and books, among them his seminal work, Reclaiming the American Dream (1965).
    1927 April 10 Born in Elwood, Indiana, the second son of Herbert Cumming Cornuelle and Gertrude Schleitzer Cornuelle.
    1928 April Moved with his family to Hartford City, Indiana, where his father was pastor of the Hartford City Presbyterian Church.
    1934 September - 1937 June Attended North Ward Elementary School in Hartford City, completing grades 1 through 3 there.
    1936 April 21 His father died of lobar pneumonia after a brief illness.
    1937 June Drove to California with family to start a new life in Los Angeles.
    1937 September - 1939 June Attended grades 4 to 6 at Aldema Elementary School in Highland Park, Los Angeles, California.
    1939 September - 1940 June Attended grades 7 and 8 at Luther Burbank Junior High School in Highland Park.
    1940 Summer Moved to Pasadena, California.
    1940 September - 1942 June Attended grades 9 and 10 at McKinley Junior High School in Pasadena, California
    1942 September - 1944 June Attended grades 11 and 12 to complete high school at Pasadena Junior College.
    1944 April 10 Enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve as an Apprentice Seaman. While in the Navy he attended Occidental College as a pre-med student.
    1945 February Discharged from the Navy.
    1948 June Graduated from Occidental College with a major in economics.
    1948 September - 1950 June Attended New York University's Graduate School of Business Administration to study under Ludwig Von Mises. Worked for the National Industrial Conference Board.
    1950 July - 1952 Worked for the Foundation for Economic Education and the Small Business Economic Foundation in Evanston, Illinois.
    1952 Worked for the William Volker Fund in San Mateo, California.
    1954 November 10 Married Sydney Walton in San Francisco, California.
    1955 November 7 Daughter, Suzanne Cornuelle was born in San Francisco.
    1957 Moved to Princeton, New Jersey to work for the Princeton Panel.
    1958 February 1 Son, Peter Garrett was born in San Francisco.
    1959 February 28 Daughter, Jenny Cornuelle was born in San Francisco.
    1958-1966 Returned to the William Volker Fund and worked with related organizations.
    1965 Book, Reclaiming the American Dream, was published.
    1966-1969 Relocated to New York City as executive vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers.
    1967 Was separated from Sydney Cornuelle and later divorced.
    1970 Became a business consultant and full-time writer.
    1975 Book, De-Managing America, was published.
    1983 Book, Healing America,was published.
    1991 February 22 Married Elizabeth Kaplan Fonseca in New York.
    2011 April 26 Died
    As written by Richard Cornuelle (Source): Folder 1 and 5, Richard C. Cornuelle papers, 1915-2011, Box 1, Hoover Institution Archives

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection documents the personal and professional life of Richard Charles Cornuelle. Materials in the collection include biographical and genealogical documents, correspondence, and various projects with which Cornuelle was involved, mainly from the Earhart Foundation and the J. M. Kaplan Fund or as an independent contributor. The collection also includes research files on various topics of interest to Cornuelle, some of which include: business, education, the independent sector, labor and workforce, and violence in United States.
    Additionally housed are speeches and writings of Cornuelle and other individuals. Cornuelle's writings include numerous articles, papers, an unpublished manuscript entitled "Garet Garrett’s Journal," as well as his published books: Reclaiming the American Dream (1965), De-Managing America: The Final Revolution (1975), and Healing America (1983). There are also articles written by Cornuelle that were featured in the Times Literary Supplement.
    The symposiums and conferences section of the collection is comprised of files pertaining to events such as conferences, roundtables, and workshops attended by Cornuelle. The collection also contains a printed matter file, which includes various publications, journals, magazines, and annual reports collected by Cornuelle. Sound and video recordings include a compact sound cassette recording and various video recordings. Of special note is a VHS tape entitled “A Conversation with Richard Cornuelle,” created by the Liberty Fund, Intellectual Portrait Series.
    When possible the original folder titles and arrangement established by Richard Cornuelle have been retained.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Libertarianism--United States.
    United States--Economic policy.
    Charities--United States.
    Associations, institutions, etc.--United States.
    Video tapes.