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This collection is arranged into 6 series.
Correspondence, manuscripts, memorabilia, photographs, audio cassette, and printed materials. The papers are chiefly professional in nature, concerning teaching, research, students, and some Columbia University academic business, particularly the University Seminars, of which Gutmann was Director from 1970-1976. The files contain letters from colleagues at Columbia and elsewhere. Some of the major correspondents are: Arthur C. Danto, Irwin Edman, Charles Frankel, Horace L. Friess, Sterling P. Lamprecht, John H. Randall, and Herbert Schneider. There are special correspondence files devoted to Joseph Frank (1916-1970), Dean of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Fritz Marti, and numerous letters written to Gutmann in 1964 on his receiving the Nicholas Murray Butler Medal for Philosophy. There are also manuscripts by Gutmann on the myth of Prometheus, mystical experience, Nietzsche and the ethical movement. The subject files include material relating to academic freedom, awards, intergration, Gutmann's biography, Israel, and Gutmann's vitae. In addition there are printed materials by Gutmann and by others inscribed to Gutmann
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Restrictions on Access
The following boxes are located off-site: 2-6. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
This collection has no restrictions.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); James Gutman papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Related Archival Materials
Collections related by provenance: James Gutmann Micronesian Papers.
Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of Mr. James Gutmann, 1978, 1981.
Gift of Mrs. Barbara Gutmann Rosencranz, 1988.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/89.
Correspondence, manuscripts, memorabilia, photographs, printed materials, etc Processed JHR 12/01/89.
2010-02-10 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Professor of philosophy, Columbia University. Gutmann was Director of the University Seminars, 1970-1976. (Columbia University A.B., 1918; A.M., 1919; Ph.D., 1936).