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MS Am 2117

Sarton, George, 1884-1956. George Sarton diaries and appointment books: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2117
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sarton, George, 1884-1956.
Title: George Sarton diaries and appointment books,
Date(s): 1903-1956.
Quantity: 1 collection (5 boxes (2 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Diaries and appointment books of the Belgium-born, American historian of science, George Sarton.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*60M-177 and *60M-178. Miss May Sarton, 14 Wright St., Cambridge 38, Mass; received: 1961 May 8.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Materials were formerly restricted until May Sarton's death (1995).
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.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

George Sarton Diaries and Appointment Books (MS Am 2117). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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. His daughter was the author, May Sarton.


Organized into the following series: I. Diaries, and II. Appointment books.

Scope and Contents

Includes Sarton's diaries, 1903-1955 (*60M-177) and appointment books, 1904-1956 (*60M-178). Text contains comments about aspects of George Sarton's personal life and professional career, including notations on his family, especially his daughter May Sarton.
Loose sheets found in the bound volumes have been removed and arranged in a folder.


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

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