Open for Access – the James M. Buchanan Papers

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at George Mason University (GMU) is pleased to announce that the James M. Buchanan papers are now open for access! This collection consists of the papers of the Nobel Prize-winning economist James McGill Buchanan, documenting his career and research from the mid-20th century through the early 2000s. It also documents his time at the Center for Study of Public Choice at GMU. In 2020 the SCRC was granted a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to process the Buchanan papers. Helmed by project archivist Rebecca Thayer, the 200 linear foot collection was processed from the spring of 2021 through May of this year. The SCRC wishes to thank Thayer for her excellent work guiding the project, as well as her student assistants Rachel Barton, Vilma Chicas Garcia, and Colin McDonald who helped bring it to fruition. The finding aid for this collection can now be accessed at the following URL: All reference inquiries should be directed to

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