Hoover Library & Archives Workshop on Political Economy

Harvard historian Leah Wright Rigueur delivered a 2017 keynote address on race and the GOP.
Harvard historian Leah Wright Rigueur delivered a 2017 keynote address on race and the GOP.

Organized by Stanford history professor and Hoover research fellow Jennifer Burns, the Hoover Library & Archives Workshop on Political Economy brings together an interdisciplinary slate of scholars who are using the collections of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to study political economy, broadly defined. A wide range of research is suitable for this program, limited only by the holdings of the Hoover Library & Archives itself. Past participants have included historians, economists, and political scientists, but scholars from any field who would benefit from immersion in the archives are welcome. Participants must be holders of a Ph.D. or scholars with a commensurate publication record, or be advanced graduate students. 




Participants are expected to have an active research program and to spend each day working in the Hoover Library & Archives. They will attend a daily group lunch, two group dinners, a keynote address by a visiting scholar, and make an informal lunchtime presentation on their research. Participants will be provided with a stipend intended to assist with expenses.  Alternative compensation will be arranged for international participants who do not hold a US Social Security or TIN number.


Applicants are encouraged to read about the 20142015,  2016, and 2017 workshops to learn more about the research topics and approaches that are suited to the workshop. The workshop runs in June every summer; applications are typically accepted in November with a late January deadline, and notifications in March. This summer the Workshop on Political Economy will be held June 26-30, 2017.

Application Requirements

All applicants are required to submit their applications online with the following:

  • Contact information
  • One page CV
  • A proposal of fewer than 750 words describing your research project, including the names of Hoover collections you plan to use and why they are necessary for your project
  • Names and contact information for two academic referees familiar with your research (no formal letter required)

Application deadline: January 31, 2017

Award notification: March 15, 2017

Workshop: June 26-30, 2017

Additional Information

  • Applications and recommendations must be submitted online in English
  • All awards are subject to the availability of funds and the ability to secure appropriate visa arrangements



Milton Friedman Papers

US economist; winner, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

Friedrich A. von Hayek Papers

Austrian economist; president, Mont Pèlerin Society, 1947–62

Mont Pèlerin Society Records

International organization of laissez-faire economists

Institute of Economic Affairs Records

British organization promoting free market economic policies

Heartland Institute Collection

Printed matter relating to economic public policy issues

F. A. Harper Papers

US economist; president, Institute for Humane Studies, 1965–73

Institute for Humane Studies Miscellaneous Records

US organization for promotion of laissez-faire economics

William John Fellner Papers

US economist; member, Council of Economic Advisers, 1973–75

Chicago Boys and Latin American Market Reformers Collection

Materials relating to free market policies in Latin America

Arthur N. Young Papers

US economist; financial adviser, government of China, 1929–46

Pierre F. Goodrich Papers

Member, Mont Pèlerin Society

Mikhail S. Bernstam Papers

Russian American economist

R. M. Hartwell Collection

Materials relating to the Mont Pèlerin Society

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Angus Burgin Delivers Keynote at First Annual Workshop on Political Economy

Monday, July 7, 2014

As part of the inaugural Hoover Institution Library and Archives’ Workshop on Political Economy, Professor Angus Burgin of Johns Hopkins University gave the keynote lecture titled "Hayek, Friedman, and the Return of Laissez-Faire." 

Bruce Caldwell delivered the keynote at the second annual Hoover Institution Library & Archives Workshop on Political Economy
Analysis and Commentary

Bruce Caldwell Delivers Keynote Address On Hayek For Library & Archives Workshop On Political Economy

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

On Friday, June 24, the second annual Hoover Institution Library & Archives Workshop on Political Economy hosted a public lecture by renowned scholar Bruce Caldwell, professor of economics at Duke University and director of Duke's Center for the History of Political Economy. Caldwell is the author of Beyond Positivism: Economic Methodology in the 20th Century, and for the past two decades his research has focused on the writings of Austrian Nobel Prize-winning economist and social theorist Friedrich Hayek, whose papers are housed at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Milton Friedman

Major Addition to the Milton Friedman Papers

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Hoover Institution Archives has recently acquired an addition to the papers of economist Milton Friedman. A guide to the papers is now available describing both original and new materials.

Milton Friedman Sound Recordings Digitized

Milton Friedman Sound Recordings Digitized

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

More than two hundred fifty audiotapes in the Milton Friedman papers are available for listening after having been digitized by Hoover's audio lab. The earliest, recorded in 1961, captures a debate between Friedman and Senator Joseph Clark on the proper role of the federal government in which Friedman frames his argument around a critique of John F. Kennedy's inaugural address.

Undated photo of Hayek, London, circa 1940s

New Increment of the Papers of Friedrich von Hayek Arrives at the Hoover Institution Archives

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Some of the last remaining papers of the economist and Nobel laureate Friedrich von Hayek (1899–1992) arrived at the Hoover Institution Archives in May.

F. A. Harper from his pamphlet "Public Dis-Utilities," reprinted from the Commer

Inventory of the F. A. Harper Papers Available Online

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Floyd Arthur “Baldy” Harper was an American educator and economist whose ideas influenced libertarian thought. The F. A. Harper papers, which relate to laissez-faire economics and economic policy in the United States, now have an inventory available online.