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MS Am 1733-1733.6

Sarton, George, 1884-1956. George Sarton papers, 1906-1956: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Am 1733-1733.6
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sarton, George, 1884-1956.
Title: George Sarton papers,
Date(s): 1906-1956.
Quantity: 1 collection (.75 linear feet (7 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, Arabic, and French.
Abstract: Papers of Harvard professor and historian of science George Sarton.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

64M-28. Transferred from Harvard University Archives; received: 1964.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

George Sarton Papers, 1906-1956 (MS Am 1733-1773.6). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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.


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Scope and Contents

Contains Sarton's papers from his student days at the University of Ghent consisting of laboratory notes, 1906-1907, on chemistry, lecture notes, 1908-1910, on astronomy and celestial mechanics, and a treatise, 1908, "Catalyse" on chemistry that he wrote for a contest at the University; letters, 1931-1939, he wrote in Arabic and an Arabic translation of the Imitation of Christ copied and with an English preface by Sarton; and a guestbook, 1941-1956, of visitors to Isis.

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