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MS Am 2638

Sarton, George, 1884-1956. George Sarton additional papers, 1899-1988: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2638
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sarton, George, 1884-1956.
Title: George Sarton additional papers,
Date(s): 1899-1988.
Quantity: 1 collection (2.5 linear feet (6 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and French.
Abstract: Additional papers of the American historian of science, George Sarton. Also some papers concerning George Sarton, assembled by his daughter, May Sarton,

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

95M-53. Bequest of May Sarton; received: 1996 January 16.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Part of the MS Storage project, 2008-2009.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
The majority of 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. Item (54) is shelved flat and stored at Houghton.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

George Sarton Additional Papers, 1899-1988 (MS Am 2638). 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.
The George Sarton library was transferred to Printed Books, *2005-57.

Biographical / Historical

George Alfred Leon Sarton (1884-1956) was an 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 United States and Europe. Sarton was born in Belgium and emigrated to the U.S. in 1915. His daughter was May Sarton (1912-1995), the American poet, novelist, and memoirist.


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Scope and Contents

Includes George Sarton's autograph manuscript notes and compositions, printed materials by and about Sarton, photographs for publication, a few personal photographs, and a little correspondence. Also includes some correspondence about Sarton, sent to his daughter May Sarton after his death in 1956.
There are extensive typescripts of a planned book, The humanity of an historian. Informal essays by George Sarton, and correspondence and an autograph manuscript draft of a biography of his wife, Eleanor Mabel Elwes. Also includes notes for his History of Science, a commonplace book primarily composed of various lists, an address book, biographical miscellany, materials concerning the Dirk Struik Defense Committee, and a few financial papers for OSIRIS and ISIS.


The majority of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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