More than fifty audiotapes in the records of the Mont Pèlerin Society, an international organization of laissez-faire economists, have been digitized for preservation and access by Hoover's audio lab. Many of the tapes contain proceedings of four of the society's meetings, held from 1956 to 1960. The 1958 meeting, in Princeton, New Jersey, featured Friedrich A. von Hayek, Milton Friedman, Ludwig von Mises, William H. Hutt, and other economists discussing the welfare state, agricultural economics, inflation, and monetary policy. Other recordings contain speeches and interviews. Felix Morley provides an American viewpoint on "Europe after Suez" in 1957, and Albert Hunold, fresh from a tour of Africa, describes conditions there in 1966.
These sound recordings complement the extensive paper records of the society, which are housed at Hoover and exceed 50 linear feet. A number of other collections at Hoover relate to the activities of the society, notably the Friedrich A. von Hayek papers, as well as the papers of several other prominent members, including John A. Davenport, Milton Friedman, Gottfried Haberler, F. A. Harper, Fritz Machlup, G. Warren Nutter, Karl Popper, and Gordon Tullock. Selected sound recordings in the Hayek, Friedman, and Popper papers have also been digitized.
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