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  • Title: Institute for Humane Studies miscellaneous records
    Date (inclusive): 1955-1975
    Collection Number: 85023
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 11 manuscript boxes (4.4 Linear Feet)
    Creator: Institute for Humane Studies
    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 1985.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Institute for Humane Studies miscellaneous records, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Historical Note

    The Institute for Human Studies was established in 1961 in Menlo Park, California by Dr. F.A. Harper. As a former economics professor at Cornell University, Dr. Harper made it his goal to establish an institute whose primary mission would focus on, "research and education in the conviction that greater understanding of human affairs and freedom would foster peace, prosperity, and social harmony." Since its 1985 relocation to Fairfax, Virginia the institute has been associated with George Mason University where it continues today in the goals established by Dr. Harper.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Collection comprised of sound recordings of lectures by various economists and other speakers delivered at the Institute for Humane Studies, relating to laissez-faire economic and political theory; correspondence, memoranda and financial records, relating to production of the festschrift Toward Liberty (1971) in honor of the Austrian-American economist Ludwig von Mises, and to a visit to the United States by the Austrian economist Friedrich A. von Hayek in 1975.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Free enterprise
    Political science
    Von Mises, Ludwig, 1881-1973
    Hayek, Friedrich A. von (Friedrich August), 1899-1992