Books from the personal library of John Rawls, 1915-2002
Conditions on Use and Access
19 cubic feet (19 record cartons)
Most of the books in this library include Rawls's ownership inscription, extensive annotations, and personal indexing on the endpapers. Some books have news clippings, notes, book reviews, letters, and a photograph (presumably used as a book mark), inserted into them. Many of these books were given to Rawls by other well known philosophers and include brief sentiments or appreciative comments written to him on the title pages.
This library includes both soft and hardcover books, offprints, and drafts of papers. Some of the books are in German and French.
This collection does not include all the books in Rawls's personal library.
All book titles are included in HOLLIS, the Harvard online catalog.
- Accession number: 15085; 2004 July 14
- Accession number: 17313; 2006 March 21
- Accession number: 17818; 2008 June 29
- Accession number: 18116; 2010 March 12
Loose offprints, reprints, photocopies of journal articles, book chapters, and manuscript drafts were housed in acid-free folders. Notes, articles, news clippings, letters, and a photograph (presumably used as a book mark) inserted in Rawls's books were left in the locations in which they were found, but reformatted or enclosed for preservation. News clippings and notes were either photocopied onto acid-free paper or placed in acid-free envelopes. Some books were placed in accordion folders or tied together, along with their inserted material. One photograph was enclosed in a mylar sleeve.
Each book has been cataloged in HOLLIS.
- Rawls, John, 1921-2002. Books from the personal library of John Rawls, 1915-2002 : an inventory
- Harvard University Archives
- EAD ID
Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository
Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.
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