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  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content Note

  • Title: Mont Pèlerin Society records
    Date (inclusive): 1938-2012
    Collection Number: 81123
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: German
    Physical Description: 165 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 card file box, 10 envelopes (70.5 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, conference papers, programs, meeting materials, schedules, minutes, financial and membership records, essays, printed matter, sound recordings, and photographs relating to economic policy, laissez-faire, and liberty. Digital copies of select records also available at https://digitalcollections.hoover.org. 
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Mont Pèlerin Society.


    Collection is open for research.
    Use copies of all sound recordings in this collection are available for immediate access; digital copies also available at https://digitalcollections.hoover.org.  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], Mont Pèlerin Society records, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1981, with increments received in subsequent years.


    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.

    Alternate Forms Available

    Digital copies of select records also available at https://digitalcollections.hoover.org. 

    Historical Note

    International organization of laissez-faire economists.

    Scope and Content Note

    The first installment of the Mont Pèlerin Society records held at the Hoover Institution Archives was received in 1981 and described in a preliminary inventory that is now superseded by the present register.
    Those initial records consisted mainly of Albert Hunold's correspondence, which now constitutes the bulk of the Correspondence series, and of his files relating to the general and regional meetings he organized as secretary of the society from 1948 to 1960, which are to be found in the Meetings File series and which also includes material relating to subsequent meetings up to 1990. It should be noted that the correspondence for the first meeting in 1947 also contains important letters dating back to 1945 regarding the founding of the Society.
    The remainder of Albert Hunold's papers received in 1981 can be found in the Office File series, particularly the circulars and minutes of meetings. Also included are issues of The Mont Pèlerin Quarterly, edited by Hunold, and his 1962 writing "How the Mont Pèlerin Society Lost Its Soul," which gives his perspective on the so-called "Hunold Affair."
    Later, in 1987, the Hoover Archives received the papers of several treasurers of the society, which can be found in the Treasurers' File series. Here too, the correspondence of these officers is particularly noteworthy, as is the correspondence with foundations, especially the Relm Foundation, regarding travel and other grants for members of the Society. Financial records and other materials relating to the meetings, however, were added to the Meetings File series.
    The records in the smaller Newsletter File series, received in 1995, are also interesting, especially for the correspondence of Eric Brodin, one of the editors of The Mont Pèlerin Society Newsletter.
    Finally, the collection includes a large amount of photographs, film strips, and sound tape reels, mostly relating to the Society's meetings.
    Researchers interested in the activities of the society should also consult the Friedrich A. von Hayek papers at the Hoover Archives, particularly its series on the Mont Pèlerin Society in boxes 71-89, as well as the papers of several other prominent members such as John Davenport, Milton Friedman, Gottfried Haberler, F. A. Harper, Fritz Machlup, G. Warren Nutter, Karl Popper, and Gordon Tullock.
    Also available for consultation in the reading room of the Hoover Archives is the excellent book by R. M. Hartwell, A History of the Mont Pèlerin Society (1995).
    Additional records of the Mont Pèlerin Society were received by the archives in 2011 from Edwin J. Feulner, the treasurer of the Mont Pèlerin Society. The 2011 Incremental Materials series covers aspects of the Society's activities from 1974 to 2001, particularly meetings, membership, fellowships and awards. The papers are in roughly chronological order.
    The 2013 Incremental Materials series covers the activities of the Mont Pèlerin Society from 1976 to 2012 and include institutional financial records, meetings, conference materials, membership information, the F. A. Hayek Essay Competition materials, various newsletters, and institutional correspondence.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Economic policy.
    Free enterprise.