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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1632

Charles S. Peirce papers

Overview

Papers of philosopher, logician, scientist, and the founder of pragmatism, Charles S. Peirce. Also includes Peirce family correspondence.

Dates

  • 1787-1951

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.

Extent

74 linear feet (157 boxes, 1 volume, 1 bundle)
Includes notebooks, lectures, and other compositions on mathematics, pragmatism, metaphysics, logic, linguistics, and the history of science. Also includes correspondence which ranges over much of Peirce’s private and professional life as well as separate files of Peirce family correspondence; and his translations and reviews; and biographical material. Some manuscripts are annotated by early editors, and some have been used as printer’s copy.

Peirce’s correspondents include: Paul Carus, James McKeen Cattell, Wendell Phillips Garrison, William Fearing Gill, George Shattuck Morison, Benjamin Peirce, James Mills Peirce, Albert Stickney and others. Also with correspondence of Juliette Peirce.

Biographical / Historical

Peirce was a philosopher, logician, scientist, and the founder of pragmatism.

Arrangement

Arrangement of collection was determined by Richard Robin's Annotated Catalogue of the Papers of Charles S. Peirce.

Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Manuscripts
  2. ___A. Mathematics
  3. ___B. Pragmatism
  4. ___C. Phenomenology
  5. ___D. Logic
  6. ___E. Metaphysics
  7. ___F. Physics
  8. ___G. Chemistry
  9. ___H. Astronomy
  10. ___I. Geodesy and metrology
  11. ___J. Psychology
  12. ___K. Linguistics
  13. ___L. History
  14. ___M. Sciences of review
  15. ___N. Practical science
  16. ___O. Reviews
  17. ___P. Translations
  18. ___Q. Miscellanea
  19. ___R. Biographical
  20. II. Correspondence
  21. ___A. Charles S. Peirce correspondence
  22. ___B. Juliette Peirce and Peirce family correspondence
  23. ___C. Family correspondence
  24. ___D. Miscellaneous correspondence

Physical Location

b

Provenance:

Most material in this collection was given to the Harvard University Philosophy Department by Juliette Peirce, (the widow of Charles S. Peirce), in the winter of 1914-1915. The Harvard University Philosophy Department later deposited the collection with the Harvard University Archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Transfer from Harvard University Archives; received: 1960.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by: Emilie Hardman

The finding aid for this collection is based on descriptions in Richard Robin's Annotated Catalogue of the Papers of Charles S. Peirce and is further informed by Christian Kloesel's annotations. Kloesel suggests many items in the collection described by Robin have been moved in full or part to different places within the collection. These suggestions have been noted and are indicated with question marks throughout as the information has not been verified.

Data for items (1)-(1644) were extracted from Robin Catalog by John Old.
Link to catalog
Title
Peirce, Charles S. (Charles Sanders), 1839-1914. Charles S. Peirce papers, 1787-1951: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Description rules
dacs
EAD ID
hou02614

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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