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   John Herman Randall, Jr. Papers , 1911-1977.

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John Herman Randall, Jr. Papers. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079250 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Randall, John Herman, 1899-1980.
Title:John Herman Randall, Jr. Papers , 1911-1977.
Physical description:44 boxes, 1 oversize folder, 1 Tube Box)
Language(s):In English
Access: Boxes 4-44 are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. Tube Box 12 is located off-site.  More information »



This collection is arranged into 9 series:

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Scope and Content

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.

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

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Using the Collection

Partially Offsite

Access Restrictions

 Boxes 4-44 are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

 Tube Box 12 is located off-site.

Preferred Citation

John Herman Randall, Jr. Papers. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Cataloged 08/--/89 Christina Hilton Fenn

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.

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

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical note

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

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