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Guide to the John Chamberlain Papers, 1954-1959

Abstract

Book reviewer, editor, and author of The Roots of Capitalism, published in 1959.

Collection contains Chamberlain's working draft for The Roots of Capitalism, with both handwritten and typescript pages. Also includes a notebook with his thoughts and notes on economic history, a letter of correspondence from a publisher about The Roots of Capitalism, and galley proofs from Citadel, Market, and Altar (1957) and MacArthur 1941-1951 (1954).

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Chamberlain, John, 1903-1995.
Title
John Chamberlain papers 1954-1959
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.6 Linear Feet, 350 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The collection consists of working drafts and final drafts of Chamberlain's The Roots of Capitalism (1959), with both typescript and manuscript pages holding heavy corrections and additions. There are approximately 350 pages, some with yellowing, but generally the materials are in good condition.

Also included are a commonplace notebook with about 45 pages filled with notes on Ricardo, Mill, and Carl Menger, along with general economic history notes. Another component of the collection are the galley proofs for two of Chamberlain's other works: the first is Spencer Health's Citadel, Market, and Altar, published 1957, to which Chamberlain contributed the foreward; the second is MacArthur, 1941-1951, published 1954, which Chamberlain co-authored with Charles Andrew Willoughby.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Chamberlain's notebook, with his notes on economic history, undated
Box 1
Title and prologue
Box 1
Chapter 7: Prometheus Unbound--or the Enterpriser's Function Explained
(2 folders)
Box 1
Chapter 8: Contrived Fecundity--the Ford System
(3 folders)
Box 1
Chapter 9: The True Perfection of Competition
(4 folders)
Box 1
Chapter 10: The Consumers' Plebescite
Box 1
Chapter 11: Labor Had the Right Idea
Box 1
Chapter 12: Retreat from the American System
(2 folders)
Box 1
Epilogue: Forward Once More?
Box 1
Prologue
Box 1
Chapter 1: The Freely Choosing Man
Box 1
Chapter 2: The Property Base
Box 1
Chapter 3: The Political Frame for an Open Society
Box 1
Chapter 4: Contract--Or Capitalism is Promises
Box 1
Chapter 5: Gloomy Men and Iron Laws--Or Capitalism in a Cage
Box 1
Chapter 6: Premonition of the American System
Box 1
Chapter 7: Prometheus Unbound--Or the Enterpriser's Function Explained
Box 1
Chapter 11: Labor Had the Right Idea
Box 1
Chapter 12: Retreat from the American System
Box 1
Epilogue: Forward Once More?
Box 1
Publisher's correspondence, 1958
Box 1
Outlines
Box 1
Loose draft pages, untitled
Box 1
MacArthur, 1941-1951 galley proofs
(2 folders)
Box 1
Citadel, Market, and Altar galley proofs
(3 folders)
Box 1

Historical Note

John Chamberlain (1903-1995) was a significant figure in the American intellectual conservative movement that flourished beginning in the early 1940s. Following graduation from Yale in 1925, he embarked on a distinguished career in journalism and wrote several books, of which The Roots of Capitalism is considered his most important. Two others for which he is remembered are Farewell to Reform (1932) and The Enterprising Americans: A Business History of the United States (1963). Chamberlain also wrote the foreward to the American edition of Hayek's Road to Serfdom (1944), and was a contributing editor for the National Review.

Chronology List

DateEvent(s)
1925Graduated from Yale University
1926-1930sBook reviewer and editor, New York Times
1932Author, Farewell to Reform (republished 1958)
1936-1941Editorial staff, Fortune
1940Author, American Stakes
1941-1950Editorial staff, Life
1944Wrote the foreward for F.A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom
1950-1956Editor, The Freeman periodical
1950-1960Editorial writer, The Wall Street Journal
1955First wife, Margaret Sterling Chamberlain, died
1956Married second wife, Ernestine Stodelle Chamberlain
1959Author, The Roots of Capitalism
1963Author, The Enterprising Americans: A Business History of the United States (republished 1991)
1982Author of his autobiography, A Life With the Printed Word
1995 April 9Died

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Chamberlain Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The John Chamberlain Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, February 2011

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, February 2011

Accession 2010-0206 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.