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  • Title: Richard C. Cornuelle papers
    Date (inclusive): 1895-2011
    Collection Number: 2015C13
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and 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.
    Creator: Cornuelle, Richard C., 1927-2011
    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 2014.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Richard C. Cornuelle papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & 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).
    April 10, 1927 Born in Elwood, Indiana, the second son of Herbert Cumming Cornuelle and Gertrude Schleitzer Cornuelle.
    April, 1928 Moved with his family to Hartford City, Indiana, where his father was pastor of the Hartford City Presbyterian Church.
    September 1934 - June 1937 Attended North Ward Elementary School in Hartford City, completing grades 1 through 3 there.
    April 21, 1936 His father died of lobar pneumonia after a brief illness.
    June 1937 Drove to California with family to start a new life in Los Angeles.
    September 1937 - June 1939 Attended grades 4 to 6 at Aldema Elementary School in Highland Park, Los Angeles, California.
    September 1939 - June 1940 Attended grades 7 and 8 at Luther Burbank Junior High School in Highland Park.
    Summer, 1940 Moved to Pasadena, California.
    September 1940 - June 1942 Attended grades 9 and 10 at McKinley Junior High School in Pasadena, California
    September 1942 - June 1944 Attended grades 11 and 12 to complete high school at Pasadena Junior College.
    April 10, 1944 Enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve as an Apprentice Seaman. While in the Navy he attended Occidental College as a pre-med student.
    February 1945 Discharged from the Navy.
    June 1948 Graduated from Occidental College with a major in economics.
    September 1948 - June 1950 Attended New York University's Graduate School of Business Administration to study under Ludwig Von Mises. Worked for the National Industrial Conference Board.
    July 1950 - 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.
    November 10, 1954 Married Sydney Walton in San Francisco, California.
    November 7, 1955 Daughter, Suzanne Cornuelle was born in San Francisco.
    1957 Moved to Princeton, New Jersey to work for the Princeton Panel.
    February 1, 1958 Son, Peter Garrett was born in San Francisco.
    February 28, 1959 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.
    February 22, 1991 Married Elizabeth Kaplan Fonseca in New York.
    April 26, 2011 Died
    As written by Richard Cornuelle (Source): Folder 1 and 5, Richard C. Cornuelle papers, 1915-2011, Box 1, Hoover Institution Library & 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.

    Related Collection(s)

    Milton Friedman papers, Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

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