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George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
Lynn E. Eaton (Project Director: July 2019 to present)
Preserving the Legacy of James M. Buchanan

Arrangement and description of 282 linear feet of archival material, including correspondence, memos, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and ephemera related to the career of James M. Buchanan, who won the Nobel Prize in economics in 1986 for his development of Public Choice Theory.

The James M. Buchanan Papers chronicle the legacy of James M. Buchanan (1919-2013) – economist, Nobel Prize recipient, and National Humanities Medal awardee – whose theories had far-reaching influence on America’s national life. In addition to Buchanan’s extensive scholarship, the collection contains correspondence, memos, publications, photographs, and other ephemera related to his life and academic career. Spanning 282 linear feet, the collection is the largest and most significant holding in existence of unique, primary source material related to Dr. Buchanan. To effectively respond to numerous research inquiries from around the world and to make the archival materials accessible, it is essential that the manuscript collection be fully processed by professional archivists to provide arrangement and description based on archival best practices. A completely processed collection will ensure consistent access for all scholars interested in examining Buchanan’s influence.

Project fields:
American Studies

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$334,720 (approved)
$334,720 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 5/31/2023