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  • Title: Laissez Faire Books records next hit
    Date (inclusive): 1957-2008
    Collection Number: 2007C63
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 38 manuscript boxes, 2 floppy disks (15.2 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, financial documents, catalogs, other printed matter, and photographs relating to libertarianism and publishing in the United States.
    Creator: Laissez Faire Books
    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

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2007.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], previous hit Laissez Faire Books records , [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    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 Andrea Rich gives Kathleen Nelson Laissez Faire Books, and it is relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas.
      Laissez Faire Books is sold back to Andrea and Howard Rich.
    2008 Laissez Faire Books is sold to the International Society for Individual Liberty.
      Laissez Faire Books announces it is going out of business.
    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