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Karl Polanyi papers, 1937-1963, bulk 1947-1963

Series II: Writings, 1937-1963

The Writings Series consists of material from many of Polanyi's major postwar works, including The Great Transformation, Dahomey and the Slave Trade, Trade and Markets in Early Empires, the posthumously published The Livelihood of Man, and the unpublished Freedom and Technology. Also included are the manuscripts of various essays, lectures, and other writings. The writings included herein contain drafts at various stages of completion, including simple outlines or synopses (The Great Transformation), multiple intermediate drafts and incomplete manuscripts, as well as the final and near-final drafts (Dahomey). The works placed under the heading "Non-Market Economies Writings are independent studies and essays that also reflect Polanyi's work in Trade and Markets in Early Empires. Much of Polanyi's research and scholarship was collaborative. Because of this collaborative relationship, the correspondence and notes of Rosemary Arnold on Dahomey, are included with the writings.

Also included within this series are the chapters, preface, and introduction for Polanyi's unfinished and unpublished late work, Freedom and Technology. This work, according to Polanyi's wife Ilona Polanyi, was to have been written with Abe Rotstein, but was abandoned several years before Polanyi died.

Several lectures, such as "Freedom and Technology" and "Present Age of Transformation" which are early articulations of ideas that Polanyi would later expand into book-length studies, are also found here.

The material in this series is arranged alphabetically.

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Dahomey , 1948-1963

Box 1 Folder 16 Chapter I-II, 1952

Box 1 Folder 17 Chapter 3--"A Cradle of Statesmanship", undated

Box 1 Folder 18 Currencies, undated

Box 1 Folder 19-21 Draft--Early, 1953-1960 (3 Folders), 1953-1960

Box 2 Folder 1-2 Draft--Final, 1962-1963 (2 Folders), 1962-1963

Box 2 Folder 3 Drafts and Correspondence--Francisco Benet, undated

Box 2 Folder 4 Notes--Equivalencies, Money, 1940s-1950s

Box 2 Folder 5 Notes--Money, Pricing, undated

Box 2 Folder 6 Notes--Operational Devices, Money, undated

Box 2 Folder 7-8 Research Notes, Tables, Calculations, undated (2 Folders), undated

Box 3 Folder 1-6 Rosemary Arnold, 1948-1953 (6 Folders), 1948-1953

Freedom and Technology , 1956-1958

Box 3 Folder 7 "Freedom and Technology"--Lecture Notes, 1955-1956

Box 3 Folder 8-9 Notes and Chapter Drafts, 1956-1958 (2 Folders), 1956-1958

Box 3 Folder 10 "Robert Owen"--Chapter Drafts, 1957

Box 4 Folder 1 Preface and Introduction--Drafts, 1957

General Writings

Box 4 Folder 2 "A Christian Left Group", 1937-1938

Box 4 Folder 3 "Consequences of the Industrial Revolution", 1951

Box 4 Folder 4 "The Good Life in an Industrial Society", undated

Box 4 Folder 5 "Hungarian Lesson", 1957

Box 4 Folder 6-7 Lecture on Aristotle and J.K. Galbraith's The Affluent Society, 1958-1959 (2 Folders), 1958-1959

Box 4 Folder 8 "Marx on Corporativism", 1957

Box 4 Folder 9 "New West", 1958

Box 4 Folder 10 "On Propaganda", 1940

Box 4 Folder 11 "On Revisionism", undated

Box 4 Folder 12 "On the Size of Market Cultures"--Lecture, 1957-1958

Box 4 Folder 13 "Our Obsolete Market Mentality", 1947

Box 4 Folder 14 Polanyi Bibliography, 1960

Box 4 Folder 15-16 "Ports of Trade in Early Societies"--Drafts, Notes, and Research Materials--1959-1962 (2 Folders)

Box 4 Folder 17-18 "Psychology and Ideology in Institutional Change" and "The Role of Strain in Institutional Change", 1957 (2 Folders), 1957

Box 4 Folder 19 "Public Opinion and Statesmanship", 1951

Box 4 Folder 20 Review--Smelser's "Social Change in the Industrial Revolution", circa, 1959

Box 4 Folder 21 "Rousseau; or, is a Free Society Possible?", undated

Box 4 Folder 22 "Szeljegyzetek a szocialista vilagfordulohoz", 1960

Box 5 Folder 1 "Toward the Development of a System of Measuring Technological Change",, undated

Box 5 Folder 2 Untitled Essays, undated

Great Transformation , 1941

Box 5 Folder 3 "Great Transformation", 1941 (First Outline), 1941

Box 5 Folder 4 "Present Age of Transformation", 1941 (Bennington Lecture), 1941

Livelihood of Man , circa.1951

Box 5 Folder 5-6 Chapters 1-36, 1951 (Chapters 18-29 missing) (2 Folders), 1951

Box 5 Folder 7 Greek chapters, undated

Box 5 Folder 8 Synoptic Table of Contents, undated

Non-Market Economies Writings

Box 5 Folder 9-10 "Early Economies", 1960 (2 Folders), 1960

Box 5 Folder 11 "Money, Price and Trade in Pre-Industrial Societies that Possess No Market System",, 1962

Box 5 Folder 12 "Non-Market" Paper 'Authentic Version', 1959-1962

Box 5 Folder 13 "Towards a Conceptual Framework for the Study of Non-Market Economies",, 1962