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  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: Laissez Faire Books records
    Date (inclusive): 1957-2008
    Collection Number: 2007C63
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 38 manuscript boxes (15.2 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, financial documents, catalogs, other printed matter, and photographs relating to libertarianism and publishing in the United States.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Laissez Faire Books.


    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], Laissez Faire Books records, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2007.


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

    Historical Note

    1972 Laissez Faire Books opens in New York City, founded by John Muller and Sharon Presley.
    1982 Andrea and Howard Rich buy Laissez Faire Books.
    1989 Laissez Faire Books moves to San Francisco, California.
    1993-1995 Laissez Faire Books reaches peak revenue of $1.3 million per year.
    2002 Laissez Faire Books goes bankrupt and is sold to the Foundation for Economic Education.
    2003 Laissez Faire Books is sold back to Andrea and Howard Rich.
      Andrea Rich gives Kathleen Nelson Laissez Faire Books, and it is relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas.
    2008 Laissez Faire Books announces it is going out of business.
      Laissez Faire Books is sold to the International Society for Individual Liberty.
    2011 Laissez Faire Books is sold to Agora Financial LLC, and is currently still operating under this company.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains correspondence, financial records, serial issues, photographs, and other printed matter relating to libertarianism and book publishing in the United States.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Libertarianism--United States.
    Publishers and publishing--United States.