The author was Vienna, Austria-born thinker Karl Polanyi (1886–1964). A donation to Concordia Library of 100,000 pages of rare archival items will help students, scholars and researchers better understand both the man and the field in which he operated.
“Some of this material is hand-written by Karl Polanyi himself. It’s original and priceless,” says Graham Carr, Concordia’s provost and vice-president of Academic Affairs. “This is a treasure trove that our university is very grateful to receive. We are committed to preserving his legacy through custodianship of this gift.”
Polanyi’s daughter, Kari Polanyi Levitt, donated the items. They’re housed at Concordia’s Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy, which was established in 1988. The institute is located on the corner of Dr. Penfield Ave. and Côte-des-Neiges Rd.
“Karl Polanyi was among the 20th century’s most influential economic thinkers,” says André Roy, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science — where the institute is based. “This generous donation helps those studying his works build a more complete intellectual picture.”