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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1733-1733.6

George Sarton papers


Papers of Harvard professor and historian of science George Sarton.


  • 1906-1956

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English, Arabic, and French.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.75 linear feet (7 volumes)
Contains Sarton's papers from his student days at the University of Ghent consisting of laboratory notes, 1906-1907, on chemistry, lecture notes, 1908-1910, on astronomy and celestial mechanics, and a treatise, 1908, "Catalyse" on chemistry that he wrote for a contest at the University; letters, 1931-1939, he wrote in Arabic and an Arabic translation of the Imitation of Christ copied and with an English preface by Sarton; and a guestbook, 1941-1956, of visitors to Isis.

Biographical / Historical

Sarton was a historian of science and professor at Harvard University. He founded and edited Isis, an international review devoted to the history and philosophy of science; studied Arabic and Islam in the Middle East; and lectured at many universities in the U.S. and Europe. Sarton was born in Belgium and emigrated to the U.S. in 1915.


Arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

64M-28. Transferred from Harvard University Archives; received: 1964.
Sarton, George, 1884-1956. George Sarton papers, 1906-1956: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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