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MS Am 1632

Peirce, Charles S. (Charles Sanders), 1839-1914. Charles S. Peirce papers, 1787-1951: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Last update on 2016 March 15

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: b [Shelved in Pusey aisle 53, marked "MS CSP"]
Call No.: MS Am 1632
Creator: Peirce, Charles S. (Charles Sanders), 1839-1914.
Title: Charles S. Peirce papers,
Date(s): 1787-1951.
Quantity: 74 linear feet (151 boxes, 1 volume, 1 bundle)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of philosopher, logician, scientist, and the founder of pragmatism, Charles S. Peirce. Also includes Peirce family correspondence.

Processing Information:

Finding aid created by: Emilie Hardman
The finding aid for this collection is based on descriptions in Richard Robin's Annotated Catalogue of the Papers of Charles S. Peirce and is further informed by Christian Kloesel's annotations. Kloesel suggests many items in the collection described by Robin have been moved in full or part to different places within the collection. These suggestions have been noted and are indicated with question marks throughout as the information has not been verified.
Data for items (1)-(1644) were extracted from Robin Catalog by John Old.

Acquisition Information:

No accession number. Transfer from Harvard University Archives; received: 1960.


Most material in this collection was given to the Harvard University Philosophy Department by Juliette Peirce, (the widow of Charles S. Peirce), in the winter of 1914-1915. The Harvard University Philosophy Department later deposited the collection with the Harvard University Archives.

Access Restrictions:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Charles S. Peirce Papers, 1787-1951 (MS Am 1632). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Historical Note

Peirce was a philosopher, logician, scientist, and the founder of pragmatism.


Arrangement of collection was determined by Richard Robin's Annotated Catalogue of the Papers of Charles S. Peirce. Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Content

Includes notebooks, lectures, and other compositions on mathematics, pragmatism, metaphysics, logic, linguistics, and the history of science. Also includes correspondence which ranges over much of Peirce’s private and professional life as well as separate files of Peirce family correspondence; and his translations and reviews; and biographical material. Some manuscripts are annotated by early editors, and some have been used as printer’s copy.
Peirce’s correspondents include: Paul Carus, James McKeen Cattell, Wendell Phillips Garrison, William Fearing Gill, George Shattuck Morison, Benjamin Peirce, James Mills Peirce, Albert Stickney and others. Also with correspondence of Juliette Peirce.

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