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Karl Polanyi Digital Archive

Welcome to the Karl Polanyi Digital Archive (KPIPE) where you can access the archival collection in digital form.

Karl Polanyi, 1953 Karl Polanyi, 1953 l Photo: © Kari Polanyi Levitt

We have reproduced the original archival materials to the extent that the physical condition of the material and technology will permit. The Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy is firmly committed to open access to the archive, and over the years has welcomed scholars, researchers, and students from around the world.

The intellectual legacy of Karl Polanyi is a rich and vast archival collection that includes notes, lecture notes and outlines, outlines of projected books, drafts of manuscripts (published and unpublished), unpublished papers and published articles by Karl Polanyi, as well as papers by others.

The collection also includes Polanyi’s lifetime correspondence with important intellectuals, political figures, students, colleagues, family, and friends. The material is in Hungarian, German and English.

The Institute will also welcome visitors who wish to research the archival material. Contact us to book your visit.

To access the Karl Polanyi Digital Archive

  • To locate archival material consult the Listing of Archival Material
  • To access archival material   → Enter keyword or container/file number and click go. Make sure you enter the container and file number in this format: Con_XX_Fol_XX    OR  → Browse Search by Communities & Collections, date, authors, titles, or subjects.

The archival fonds correspond to three periods in the life of Karl Polanyi

  1. Time spent in Vienna and Hungary from 1886 to 1933
  2. Time spent in England from 1934 to 1946
  3. Time spent in North America from 1947 to 1964

The seven principal series in the collection

1. Writings by Karl Polanyi, 1907-1978 Read
2. Notes by Karl Polanyi, 1919-1963 Read
3. Lectures by Karl Polanyi, 1927-1963 Read
4. Journal Co-existence, 1961-1966 Read
5. Correspondence, 1898-1989 Read
6. Articles and Papers by Others, 1898-1986 Read
7. Biographical Information and Personal Papers Read

The Institute also houses a selection of Karl Polanyi’s books (1878-1975).  


This digitized library has been created by Bibliofiche, a library service company that has served the library community since 1969. In 2001, this company developed a leading open source library and information management system that has been adopted by about eighty per cent of New York State School Library System cooperatives.

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