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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.
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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.
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
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.
2009-06-26 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
F.J.E. Woodbridge Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. A.B. 1918, A.M. 1919, Ph.D. 1923.