Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Richard C. Cornuelle papers
Date (inclusive): 1895-2011
Collection Number: 2015C13
Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material:
33 manuscript boxes, 1 card file box
(14.2 linear feet)
Correspondence, writings, notes, printed matter, photographs, and videocassettes relating to libertarian social theory and
to private philanthropy as a means of meeting social needs.
Hoover Institution Archives
Cornuelle, Richard C., 1927-2011.
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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.
||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.
||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.
||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
||Discharged from the Navy.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||Returned to the William Volker Fund and worked with related organizations.
Reclaiming the American Dream, was published.
||Relocated to New York City as executive vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers.
||Was separated from Sydney Cornuelle and later divorced.
||Became a business consultant and full-time writer.
De-Managing America, was published.
Healing America,was published.
|1991 February 22
||Married Elizabeth Kaplan Fonseca in New York.
|2011 April 26
As written by Richard Cornuelle (Source): Folder 1 and 5, Richard C. Cornuelle papers, 1915-2011, Box 1, Hoover Institution
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
United States--Economic policy.
Associations, institutions, etc.--United States.