Additional Individual Collections
The Library of the New Economics Institute has received generous donations of materials belonging to individuals who have made significant contributions to decentralism. In addition to Fritz Schumacher, those whose collections are featured include Robyn Van En, Ralph Borsodi, George Benello, Hazel Henderson, Dick Bliss, Bill Ellis, and Robert Swann. Learn how to isolate and search the catalogued special collections here.
Robyn Van En:
The personal library of Robyn Van En, co-founder of the first community supported farm in the United States and founder of Community Supported Agriculture of North America (CSANA) is shelved together as a collection (marked with RVE). As with Fritz Schumacher’s library, records can be sorted and viewed as a distinct collection, allowing researchers to discover what books influenced the birth of a movement.
Articles, research files, and previously unpublished manuscripts significant to the collection of Ralph Borsodi--economist, author and founder of the School of Living--are included in the Library's archives. These materials were acquired from the files of Borsodi’s former editor Lydia Ratcliff. Although not yet fully cataloged, the archival collection may be viewed at the Library.
The personal library of George Benello, former professor of sociology at Cornell University and University of Massachusetts, tireless advocate of worker ownership and one of the founding members of the Industrial Cooperatives Association (ICA), which provides technical assistance on worker-ownership is cataloged and shelved together as a collection (marked with BENE). Journals and archival materials from this collection have not yet been cataloged but may be viewed at the Library.
The personal library of educator Dick Bliss, founder and director of East Hill School in Andover, VT is catalogued and shelved together as a collection (marked with BLISS). This diverse collection includes many titles from the 'Catholic Workers' movement and the distributionist tradition.
The personal library of Bill Ellis, publisher of the newsletter Transnational Network for Appropriate Technology, is catalogued and shelved together as a collection (marked with TRANET). There is a strong emphasis on appropriate technology and international development issues in this collection.
Includes articles, research files, and unpublished manuscripts of Peter Gillingham, who was the director of Intermediate Technology in Menlo Park, CA, and a partner of E. F. Schumacher in his work on appropriate technology. These archival materials have not yet been catalogued.
The personal collection of Hazel Henderson, containing nearly 5,000 volumes, is located at her home in St. Augustine, FL and can be accessed through the New Economics Library (marked HEN). This extensive collection covers a wide range of subjects including alternative energy, environment, sustainability, new economics, future studies, health, consciousness, and much more.
Hazel is a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, advocate for and consultant on equitable ecologically sustainable human development and socially responsible business and investment, and a worldwide syndicated columnist. She is the author of many books including Creating Alternative Futures, Politics of the Solar Age, Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy, and Beyond Globalization: Shaping a Sustainable Global Economy. Additional information about Hazel and her work can be found at http://www.hazelhenderson.org and http://www.ethicalmarkets.com.
Archival materials as well as books from the collection of the founder of the Community Land Trust movement in the United States can be found in the Library collection.