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  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Scope and Content of Incremental Materials

  • Title: Friedrich A. von Hayek papers
    Date (inclusive): 1899-2005
    Collection Number: 86002
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English and German
    Physical Description: 146 manuscript boxes, 8 oversize boxes, 24 card file boxes, 5 envelopes, 16 videotape cassettes, 1395 digital files (.47 MB) (68.8 linear feet)
    Abstract: Diaries, correspondence, speeches and writings, notes, conference papers, conference programs, printed matter, sound recordings, and photographs relating to laissez-faire economics and associated concepts of liberty, and especially to activities of the Mont Pèlerin Society. Also available on microfilm (139 reels). Sound use copies of sound recordings available.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Hayek, Friedrich A. von (Friedrich August), 1899-1992.


    Boxes 176-177 closed; remainder of collection is open for research. Users must sign copyright agreement.
    Use copies of all sound recordings, computer media, and some video recordings in this collection are available for immediate access. To view other 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

    Users must sign restriction agreement.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Friedrich A. von Hayek papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.


    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.

    Alternative Form Available

    Also available on microfilm (139 reels).

    Biographical Note

    1899 May 8 Born, Vienna, Austria
    1921 Dr. jur., Universitat Wien, Vienna, Austria
    1923 Dr. rer. pol., Universitat Wien
    1927-1931 Director, Osterreichisches Institut fur Konjunkturforschung (Austrian Institute for Economic Research)
    1929 Author, Monetary Theory and the Trade Cycle
      Habilitation, Universitat Wien
    1929-1931 Lecturer in Economics, Universitat Wien
    1931 Author, Prices and Production
    1931-1932 Guest Professor, University of London, England
    1932-1950 Tooke Professor of Economic Science and Statistics, University of London, England
    1935 Author, Collectivist Economic Planning
    1937 Author, Monetary Nationalism and International Stability
    1938 Naturalized British subject
    1939 Author, Profits, Interest and Investment
    1940 D. Sc. (Economics), University of London, England
    1941 Author, The Pure Theory of Capital
    1944 Author, The Road to Serfdom
    1947-1962 President, Mont Pèlerin Society
    1948 Author, Individualism and Economic Order
    1950 Visiting Professor of Finance, University of Arkansas
    1950-1962 Professor of Social and Moral Science, University of Chicago
    1951 Author, John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor: Their Friendship and Subsequent Marriage
    1952 Author, The Counter-Revolution of Science: Studies on the Abuse of Reason
      Author, The Sensory Order
    1952-1953 Lecturer on Political Economy, Harvard University
    1955 Author, The Political Ideal of the Rule of Law
    1960 Author, The Constitution of Liberty
    1962-1968 Professor of Economic Policy, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg i. Br., Germany
    1967 Author, Studies in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
    1968-1969 Visiting Flint Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
    1969-1974 Guest Professor, Universitat Salzburg, Austria
    1973, 1976, 1979 Author, Law, Legislation and Liberty: A New Statement of the Liberal Principles of Justice and Political Economy (3 volumes)
    1974 Joint Nobel Prize in Economics (with Gunnar Myrdal)
    1977- Honorary Fellow, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
    1978 Author, New Studies in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and the History of Ideas
    1984 Author, Money, Capital and Fluctuations
    1988 Author, The Fatal Conceit
    1992 Died

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The original accession of papers donated during the lifetime of Friedrich A. von Hayek, relates to laissez-faire economics and associated concepts of liberty, and especially to activities of the Mont Pèlerin Society as documented in diaries, correspondence, speeches and writings, notes, conference papers, conference programs, printed matter, sound recordings, and photographs. Materials of the same time periods may also be found in the Incremental Materials.

    Scope and Content of Incremental Materials

    The incremental materials of the Friedrich A. von Hayek papers constitute a significant part of the collection. The materials were received after Hayek's death from his family and his longtime secretary, Charlotte Cubitt. Consisting largely of correspondence, speeches and writings, and notes, they document Hayek's career as an economist and his larger role as a public intellectual advocating free market principles and denouncing state intervention in matters of economic and social policy. The materials provide insight into the development of Hayek's thought as a leading figure of the Austrian School of economics, and they also record the influence of his ideas on the political debates of his time, especially in the United States and Great Britain.
    The Correspondence series in the incremental materials include exchanges of letters with fellow economists, publishers, and individuals active in the institutions with which Hayek was associated. Among the latter are colleagues and officials at the universities (London School of Economics, University of Chicago) where Hayek taught, as well as fellow members of the Mont Pèlerin Society, an organization founded by Hayek and in which he played a leading role for many years. The series contain Hayek's correspondence with economists associated with the Institute of Economic Affairs (Ralph Harris and Arthur Seldon, among others) and British politicians influenced by his ideas, including Margaret Thatcher. There is also extensive correspondence between Hayek and William W. Bartley, the editor of his final book, The Fatal Conceit. The incremental materials also include a separate correspondence series relating to Charlotte Cubitt, which dates from the last period of Hayek's life when he was in declining health.
    The Speeches and Writings series in the incremental materials span nearly the whole of Hayek's prolific career as an author. They include early articles and book reviews, unpublished manuscripts on economics and psychology, and various prefaces and introductions prepared for foreign editions of his books. There are a number of speeches, as well as letters written to the editor of The Times of London. The series also contain drafts of such major works as The Road to Serfdom, the three volumes that comprise Law, Legislation and Liberty , and Hayek's final book, The Fatal Conceit . There are multiple versions of chapters of The Fatal Conceit, showing Hayek's corrections and revisions, and allowing for a comparison of Hayek's original conception of the work with its ultimate, published form, whose extensive editing has been the subject of some controversy. Additionally, the Reviews of Works By and About Hayek series in the second part of the incremental materials collects commentary on many of Hayek's published works. There is an abundance of reviews of The Road to Serfdom, most dating from the time of its original publication, but also some relating to subsequent editions, including translations. These articles show the success that the book achieved with the general public as well as demonstrating its impact on editorial and scholarly opinion at the time.
    There is a significant amount of documentation on Hayek's personal and professional lives in the Biographical File series in the incremental materials. The second section contains many articles and clippings relating to Hayek, as well as some autobiographical writings, including a travel journal kept during a trip to France and Italy. In addition, there is a lengthy oral history consisting of extensive interviews with Hayek that were conducted by scholars under the auspices of the University of California at Los Angeles. There are also many clippings and other articles about Hayek in the Scrapbooks series of the second section of incremental materials.
    The large Notes series in the second part of the incremental materials is comprised largely of notebooks, containing Hayek's notes on specific subjects, and a vast quantity of note cards, some of which relate to the writing of The Fatal Conceit. There are also many unsorted note cards pertaining largely to economics and philosophy, and whose diverse topics are indicative of the scope of Hayek's intellectual interests.
    The Academic Career File series in the incremental materials contain lectures given by Hayek in his capacity as a professor of economics, including his earliest lectures in Great Britain. The Writings by Others series consist largely of articles, many of which touch on themes in Hayek's work. The second part of the incremental materials contains a Photographs series with numerous prints depicting Hayek, including ones relating to meetings of the Mont Pèlerin Society.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Mont Pèlerin Society.
    Economic policy.
    Free enterprise.
    Video tapes.