To complement the core program agenda of MPS 2016, we are proud to bring together several attractions that will add to attendees overall experience in Miami.
Rare Books & Historical Manuscripts from the Private Collection of Harlan R. Crow
As the MPS returns to the U.S. for its first General Meeting in more than a decade, it seems fitting to showcase selections from the remarkable private library of philanthropist Harlan R. Crow, who takes a special interest in American history. Among its highlights, the Harlan Crow Library includes a complete set of autographs from all signers of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. A more robust description of the Library and its treasures is available here. Thanks to Mr. Crow’s generosity, attendees at Mont Pelerin Society 2016 will have the unique opportunity to view a selection of his collected treasures. Available for viewing September 18-20.
Young Scholars Sessions
To answer recent feedback that the Society’s meetings would benefit from hearing from younger scholars, we have not only incorporated many new voices into the core plenary sessions, we have designed a special track of Young Scholars Sessions. Scholars of ages 40 and younger will present original papers on topics that extend from our plenary discussions. Presenters were selected from a competitive process that followed our Call for Papers of Fall 2015. The final session in the Young Scholars track will celebrate the winners of the 2016 Hayek Essay Contest.
Think Tank Breakfasts
Earlier risers will have the option of attending special programs hosted by think tank partners and other sponsors. This will be a great opportunity to learn about the efforts of those organizations that wok to affect change by serving as a bridge among the academy and policy-makers and the media. (If your organization would like to host a Think Tank Breakfast, please contact organizer@MPS2016.org.)
Special Movie Screenings
In the evening, attendees will have the opportunity to attend special screenings of widely-praised, freedom-oriented films — including Poverty Inc. for which Acton Institute won the 2015 Templeton Freedom Award. (If your organization would like to host a Special Movie Screening, please contact organizer@MPS2016.org.)
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The Harlan Crow Library is a private, independent library concentrating on American History located in Dallas, Texas. It houses an extensive non-circulating collection of manuscripts, rare books, portraits, photographs, statues and other artistic treasures. Its creation springs from the wide-ranging manuscript collection of Harlan Crow that has been developing and evolving for over 25 years. The holdings now consist of approximately 12,500 books and 7,500 manuscripts.
The manuscripts housed in the Harlan Crow Library represent the entire history of this country, spanning five centuries of exploration and discovery, war, politics, science, the arts and thought. Its strengths include the settlement of the Americas, the American Revolution and Civil War, the Presidency, the Supreme Court, the American West and Texas.
Highlights of the manuscripts collection include the following: a complete set of autographs from all signers of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; signed letters or documents from all of the Presidents of the United States while in office; autographs from all but two of every Supreme Court Justice to have served; and letters from most key Generals from both the American Revolution and Civil War.
Single manuscript items of significance include a 1787 journal of William Pierce, Jr., a Georgia delegate to the Constitutional Convention, which includes character sketches of all the delegates. From the Civil War Collection, the library owns the best known copy of General Order No. 9, the Confederate surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia signed by General Robert E. Lee and dated April 10, 1865. Abraham Lincoln offers a logical refutation to arguments supporting slavery in an autograph manuscript circa 1858. The earliest manuscript items in the collection are a document signed by King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella of Spain, dated 1492, and a letter from Ponce de Leon written in 1511 from what is now Puerto Rico.
In addition to manuscript material, the Harlan Crow Library also features many important printed items. The cornerstone of the Harlan Crow Library’s American History collection, and the earliest printed volume in the holdings, is the 1493 Latin printing of Christopher Columbus’s letter to the Spanish court announcing his extraordinary discoveries abroad. Additional volumes relating to early voyages of discovery include a 1504 Mundus Novus from Amerigo Vespucci and the exceedingly rare 1582 Divers Voyages of Richard Hakluyt.
First editions of early scientific printings include Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica (1687), Samuel Danforth’s An Astronomical Description of the Late Comet (1665) and an extraordinary copy of the official account of the Lewis and Clark expedition from 1814, in its original unbound state. The library also holds a first edition of Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia inscribed by Jefferson as well as one of only three copies of the first Poor Richard’s Almanac (1733).
In addition to books and manuscripts, the library houses an extensive portrait collection featuring some of the most important early American and English painters. Within this collection, artists such as Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, Charles Willson Peale, Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, Maxfield Parrish and Thomas Eakins are exhibited. Highlights include an original Gilbert Stuart painting of George Washington, a large Benjamin West painting entitled The Drummond Family, and a beautiful John Singer Sargent painting, Jacques Barenton.