Nathaniel Branden Institute

Nathaniel Branden Institute

The Nathaniel Branden Institute (originally Nathaniel Branden Lectures) was an organization founded by Nathaniel Branden in 1958 to promote Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. The institute was responsible for the many Objectivist lectures and presentations across the United States of America. Many of those associated with NBI worked on the Objectivist magazines, The Objectivist Newsletter and The Objectivist.

NBI also issued many of the lectures and presentations, as well as those done by Rand to other groups, as records, which were sold/distributed around the country for those who could not get to a live NBI lecture.

There were several subsidiary companies, such as NBI Press (a publishing arm that printed a couple of plays as well as special editions of Calumet "K" and Victor Hugo's The Man Who Laughs with intros by Rand); NBI Book Service (which sold Objectivist books and books by non-Objectivists with similar views in a particular area); and NBI Art Reproductions (art by Frank O'Connor, Joan Mitchell Blumenthal, and the portrait of Ayn Rand by Ilona Royce Smithkin). NBI also reprinted some of Rand's speeches and interviews, along with articles from The Objectivist Newsletter and The Objectivist, in pamphlet format. There was an attempt to set up a "NBI Theater" in early 1967. The plan was to produce The Fountainhead as a play, based on a script by Barbara Branden, but the project was shut down in 1968.

The entire institute disbanded after Nathaniel Branden's break with Rand in August 1968. Its closest analogues today are the Ayn Rand Institute and the The Atlas Society (formerly known as The Objectivist Center). Since 1996, Nathaniel Branden has been associated with the latter organization.


  • Basic Principles of Objectivism by Nathaniel Branden
  • Basic Principles of Objectivist Psychology by Nathaniel Branden
  • A Critical Analysis of Contemporary Psychology by Nathaniel Branden
  • Psychology of Romantic Love by Nathaniel Branden
  • Psychology of Mental Illness by Nathaniel Branden
  • Contemporary Theories of Neurosis by Nathaniel Branden
  • The Principles of Efficient Thinking by Barbara Branden
  • The Objectivist Esthetics by Ayn Rand
  • The Economics of a Free Society by Alan Greenspan
  • A Critical History of Philosophy by Leonard Peikoff
  • History of Modern Philosophy by Leonard Peikoff
  • History of Ancient Philosophy by Leonard Peikoff
  • Contemporary Philosophy by Leonard Peikoff
  • Objectivism's Theory of Knowledge by Leonard Peikoff
  • The Esthetics of the Visual Arts by Mary Ann (Rukavina) Sures
  • The Romantic Screen
  • Objectivist Theory of Knowledge by Leonard Peikoff
  • Principle of Child Rearing by Reva Fox
  • The Principles and Practice of Non-Fiction Writing by Edith Efron
  • Nazism and Contemporary America: Ominous Parallels by Leonard Peikoff
  • Three Plays by Ayn Rand by Nathaniel Branden


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