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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1803-1803.4

George Sarton additional papers

Primarily correspondence of historian of science and Harvard professor George Sarton with professional colleagues about the journal Isis.


  • 1901-1956

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.


23 linear feet (45 boxes)

The bulk of the collection is correspondence with professional colleagues during Sarton's career. Includes much correspondence pertaining to the journal Isis. Also includes a few manuscripts by Sarton, mainly testimonials; and manuscripts by his colleagues consisting of reports, essays, addresses, abstracts, proposals, speeches, and obituaries. Also contains personal correspondence to Sarton from his daughter, the author May Sarton.

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.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. bMS Am 1803: Letters to George Sarton
  2. II. bMS Am 1803.1: Letters from George Sarton
  3. III. bMS Am 1803.2. Other letters
  4. IV. bMS Am 1803.3: Compositions
  5. V. bMS Am 1803.4: Additional correspondence
  6. ___A. Additional letters to George Sarton
  7. ___B. Additional letters from George Sarton

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

57M-45. Bequest of George Sarton; received: 1957.

Related Materials

For additional George Sarton papers held by the Houghton Library and the Harvard University Archives, see HOLLIS and OASIS.
Sarton, George, 1884-1956. George Sarton additional papers, 1901-1956: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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