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MS Am 1803-1803.4

Sarton, George, 1884-1956. George Sarton additional papers, 1901-1956: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1803-1803.4
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sarton, George, 1884-1956.
Title: George Sarton additional papers,
Date(s): 1901-1956.
Quantity: 1 collection (23 linear feet (45 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Primarily correspondence of historian of science and Harvard professor George Sarton with professional colleagues about the journal Isis.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

57M-45. Bequest of George Sarton; received: 1957.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

George Sarton Additional Papers, 1901-1956 (MS Am 1803.4). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

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

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

The bulk of the collection is correspondence with professional colleagues during Sarton's career. Includes much correspondence pertaining to the journal Isis. Also includes a few manuscripts by Sarton, mainly testimonials; and manuscripts by his colleagues consisting of reports, essays, addresses, abstracts, proposals, speeches, and obituaries. Also contains personal correspondence to Sarton from his daughter, the author May Sarton.

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