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John Herman Randall papers, 1911-1977

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1046
Bib ID 4079250 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Randall, John Herman, Jr., 1899-1980
Title John Herman Randall papers, 1911-1977
Physical Description 44 boxes (44 boxes 1 oversize folder 1 tube box)
Language(s) English .

Boxes 4-44 and tube box 12 are located off-site. You will need to request this material 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.



This collection is arranged into 9 series: Series I: Catalogued Correspondence; Series II: Catalogued Manuscripts; Series III: Correspondence; Series IV: Manuscripts; Series V: Documents; Series VI: Course Materials; Series VII: Printed Material; Series VIII: Mercedes Irene Moritz Randall; Series IX: Diplomas and Certificates



Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, documents, course materials, organization files, photographs, and printed materials of John Herman Randall, Jr. Included among the cataloged correspondence are lengthy philosophical exchanges between Randall and Harry Elmer Barnes, Wendell T. Bush, John J. Coss, John Dewey, Irwin Edman, William Ernest Hocking, Corliss Lamont, Sterling P. Lamprecht, Arthur O. Lovejoy, Reinhold Niebuhr, Herbert W. Schneider, and Frederick J.E. Woodbridge, and in the uncataloged series, Horace Friess, James Gutmann, and Paul O. Kristeller. A separate series contains family correspondence consisting primarily of letters from Randall to his wife, Mercedes Irene Moritz Randall, during their courtship and early marriage. Randall's manuscripts include drafts of many of his articles and essays (a number of which became chapters in several of his books) as well as typescripts, proofs and related materials for many of his books, notably THE CAREER OF PHILOSOPHY, VOLUMES I-III, ARISTOTLE, THE MAKING OF THE MODERN MIND, NATURE AND HISTORICAL EXPERIENCE, PLATO, and THE ROLE OF KNOWLEDGE IN WESTERN RELIGION.

Also, files relating to several of the organizations to which Randall belonged, including the American Philosophical Association, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy. Printed copies of many of Randall's writings have been kept with the collection. At the end of the collection are several boxes of material relating to Mercedes Moritz Randall, and particularly to her work with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and to her book, IMPROPER BOSTONIAN, a biography of Emily Greene Balch.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

Boxes 4-44 and tube box 12 are located off-site. You will need to request this material 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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); John Herman Randall papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
American Philosophical Association Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Aristotle Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Barnes, Harry Elmer, 1889-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bush, Wendell T Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Civil rights -- Societies, etc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. Faculty Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Coss, John J Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dewey, John, 1859-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Edman, Irwin, 1896-1954 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Friess, Horace L (Horace Leland), 1900-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gutman, James Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kristeller, Paul Oskar, 1905-1999 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lamont, Corliss, 1902-1995 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lamprecht, Sterling P (Sterling Power), 1890-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lovejoy, Arthur O (Arthur Oncken), 1873-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Niebuhr, Reinhold, 1892-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Peace -- Societies, etc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Philosophers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Philosophy -- Societies, etc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Philosophy -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Philosophy -- United States -- Societies, etc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Philosophy, Ancient Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Plato Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Randall, Mercedes Irene Moritz Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Renaissance Society of America Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schneider, Herbert W (Herbert Wallace), 1892-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy (U.S.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women -- Societies and clubs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Woodbridge, Frederick James Eugene, 1867-1940 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

F.J.E. Woodbridge Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. A.B. 1918, A.M. 1919, Ph.D. 1923.