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In the 1980s The Collected Works of F.A. Hayek series was begun, with the philosopher W.W. Bartley III serving as the General Editor. The series was to contai about twenty volumes and would collect together all of Hayek’s most significant published writings, as well as a selection of unpublished work. The first book to appear in the series was Hayek’s last one, The Fatal Conceit (1988). Bartley died unexpectedly in 1990, and his death, as might be expected, slowed the progress of the project. Ultimately Stephen Kresge became the second General Editor, and through the 1990s six more volumes appeared. In 2002 Kresge retired, and I became the new General Editor. For more on the Collected Works series, go here.

The Hayek Archives at the Hoover Institution

Hayek’s papers are housed at the Hoover Institution Archives at Stanford University in California. The Hoover Institution Archives also house the papers of related figures such as Karl Popper, Milton Friedman, Fritz Machlup, Gottfried Haberler, and Eric Voegelin.  In the Hayek collection, the Archives house over 170 containers of Hayek’s writings, correspondence, memoranda, memorabilia, videotapes, photographs, and other materials. To access the container list, go here. You will see the Hayek finding guide, as well as information about other Hoover Institution holdings (e.g., the Machlup papers, Popper papers) that have materials relating to Hayek. Containers 1 – 91 were deposited while Hayek was still alive, while the remaining containers were deposited at various points after Hayek died.

The Hayek Archives at Duke University

When I became General Editor of The Collected Works of F.A. Hayek series I received a microfilm edition of the Hayek Papers from the Hoover Institution. The microfilm reels have been placed in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Books and Manuscript Library, located in Perkins Library at Duke University. Further information about procedures for visiting and hours of operation for the Reading Room are available on the website. The reels are open to the public for examination. The Rubenstein Library also contains the Economists’ Papers Archive, a superb collection of economist’s papers.

Hayek’s Challenge: An Intellectual Biography of F. A. Hayek

I am an historian of economic thought, and for the past two decades or so I have focused most of my research efforts on investigating the intellectual contributions of the Nobel prize-winning economist and social theorist Friedrich A. Hayek. The work culminated in the publication of a book, titled Hayek’s Challenge: An Intellectual Biography of F.A. Hayek, which was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2004. If you’d like to read the introductory chapter of the book, you can find it here. If you’d like to read an interesting article about Hayek, written by Virginia Postrel for the Boston Globe, go here

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