Hoover Archives expands collection on free-market thought

Thursday, February 13, 2014
Americans for Tax Reform (Heartland Institute Collection, Box 9, Folder 4, Hoove
Americans for Tax Reform (Heartland Institute Collection, Box 9, Folder 4, Hoove
Americans for Tax Reform (Heartland Institute Collection, Box 9, Folder 4, Hoover Institution Archives)
Americans for Tax Reform (Heartland Institute Collection, Box 9, Folder 4, Hoove
Americans for Tax Reform (Heartland Institute Collection, Box 9, Folder 4, Hoover Institution Archives)

The Hoover Archives is now the home of the Heartland Institute collection, one of the largest and most comprehensive libraries of antiregulation and free-market issuances in the United States. Since its founding in 1984, the Chicago-based institute has carefully gathered and organized newsletters, annual reports, and other serial publications from a wide array of conservative and libertarian think tanks at the state, national, and international levels. Thanks to a generous gift from Heartland, this collection—totaling 93 linear feet—is now open and available for research.

Jennifer Burns, assistant professor of history at Stanford and author of Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right, says that this collection “represents not just the output of one organization but rather the ingathering of material from many different state-level groups” and thus “offers the scholar a unique unified portal into a broad diversity of source material that would otherwise go untapped.”

The Heartland Institute collection is the latest addition to Hoover’s extensive holdings documenting the history of conservative and libertarian thought. Other notable collections include the records of the Mont Pèlerin Society, the Institute of Economic Affairs records, the Institute for Humane Studies sound recordings, and the personal papers of Friedrich A. von Hayek.

For further information, contact Danielle Scott drscott1 [at] stanford.edu.