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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John A. Davenport papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1919-1987
    Collection number: 99018
    Creator: Davenport, John, 1904-1987
    Extent: 60 manuscript boxes (25.2 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Writings, correspondence, notes, memoranda, and printed matter, relating to economic conditions in the United States, laissez-faire and conservative political thought, right-to-work issues, and political conditions in southern Africa, especially Zimbabwe and South Africa.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John A. Davenport Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information



    Increments may have been received since this finding aid was prepared. Please check Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat  to find the full extent of the collection.

    Biographical Note

    1904, September 11 Born, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    1926 Graduated from Yale University
    1927-1930 Reporter, New York World
    1937-1949 Member of staff, Fortune magazine
    1941-1949 Member, Board of Editors, Fortune magazine
    1945 Author, The Lives of Winston Churchill
    1949-1954 Managing editor, Barron's weekly
    1954-1969 Assistant managing editor, Fortune magazine
    1964 Author, The U.S. Economy
    1987 June Died, Red Bank, New Jersey

    Scope and Content Note

    The papers of John Davenport were acquired by the Hoover Institution from his widow, Marie Davenport, in 1999. They relate mainly to his career as economist, author, and journalist from 1927 until his death in 1987. His position as editor at Barron's weekly and Fortune provided a fruitful venue for his widely read writings.
    The bulk of the collection consists of holographs, typescripts, and printed copies of these writings. They relate mainly to American and international economic policy, economic planning, the gold standard, labor unions, labor law, Rhodesia, South Africa, and welfare economics. Included are many speeches on the same topics.
    Of significant importance is Davenport's correspondence with prominent economists and politicians, such as Milton Friedman, Friedrich von Hayek, Jesse Helms, Henry Kissinger, and Karl von Wiegand, which reflects his life-long interest in the economy and political life of the United States.
    The Mont Pèlerin Society, the National Right to Work Committee, and the National Right to Work Legal Defense Committee files are smaller but equally important parts of the collection. The Mont Pèlerin Society file consists of materials on meetings, newsletters, and Davenport's speeches and writings as a member of the Society. The National Right to Work Committee and the National Right to Work Legal Defense Committee files consist of materials relating to the labor question in the United States and reflect Davenport's contribution to both organizations.
    Of special note in the Subject File is material relating to Rhodesia and South Africa. The Rhodesian materials reflect the economic and political conditions before the advent of Zimbabwe. The South African materials provide an especially interesting source for the study of economic policy and apartheid.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.


    Open and closed shop--United States.
    Africa, Southern.
    South Africa--History--1961-
    United States--Politics and government.
    South Africa.
    United States--Economic conditions--1945-