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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1803.7

George Sarton miscellaneous correspondence


Correspondence of historian of science George Sarton with scientists, inventors, and others.


  • Creation: 1915-1954


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Includes letters to Sarton from scientists and inventors including Alexander Graham Bell, Emile Berliner, and Thomas Edison.

Biographical / Historical

Sarton was a historian of science and professor at Harvard University. He was the founder (1912) and editor (1912-1952) of 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

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from various sources at various times.

Sarton, George, 1884-1956. George Sarton miscellaneous correspondence, 1915-1954: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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