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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2614

George Sarton additional papers


Additional papers of Harvard History of Science scholar, George Sarton including lecture notes, unpublished manuscripts, correspondence, and other materials.


  • Creation: 1913-1955


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Most of these papers are open for research use. There is a restriction that applies to a portion of these papers (item (22) below). Harvard student grades are restricted for 80 years from date of creation.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


1.5 linear feet (4 boxes)

Includes: autograph manuscript lecture notes for history of science courses taught at Harvard College and Radcliffe; autograph manuscripts for Sarton's bibliography and biography; miscellaneous autograph manuscript notes; printed materials and documents relating to the journal ISIS and printed materials on the Académie internationale d'histoire des sciences; printed materials by or about Sarton; manuscripts for Six wings: men of science in the Renaissance; student grades for Harvard courses taught by Sarton [restricted]; and other materials.

Biographical / Historical

Sarton was an 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.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Possibly gift of Professor I. Bernard Cohen; received: probably after 1956.

This collection appears to be "leftover" materials that interrelate to the other Sarton collections already cataloged at Houghton. Collection was not preliminarily processed until July of 2008.

Related Materials

For additional George Sarton papers held by the Houghton Library and the Harvard University Archives, see HOLLIS and OASIS.

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Part of the MS Storage project, 2008-2009.

These papers were all within black spring binders, most with titles on spine. The papers have been removed from the binders and placed in folders; order remains the same as in the original binder.

Sarton, George, 1884-1956. George Sarton additional papers, 1913-1955: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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