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Abraham Robinson papers

Call Number: MS 826
Scope and Contents
The Abraham Robinson Papers consist of correspondence, writings, and memorabilia, which document the professional career of Abraham Robinson. The papers also include a smaller quantity of personal and family papers. Manuscripts and printed copies of Robinson's articles and books comprise the bulk of the papers. There is very little correspondence in the papers, most of which dates from the last few years of Robinson's life. Renee Robinson donated her husband's papers to the Yale University Library between 1976 and 1993.
Series I, WRITINGS, begins with the three volume printed copy of Selected Papers of Abraham Robinson. The folders following these volumes contain manuscripts, printed copies, and notes for the many books and papers by Robinson. The folders are arranged in order according to the bibliography published in Selected Papers,with books coming first, papers next, followed by films, and encyclopaedia articles. Numbers in parentheses following the titles of papers refer to the numbers in the published bibliography. Each numbered paper on the bibliography is represented in Series I.

At the end of the series are folders which contain writings not listed in the bibliography. These include book reviews by Robinson, manuscripts, print or near print items, and notes, as well as course material from the several institutions at which Robinson taught. The book reviews come first, followed by the other unlisted writings. The titles for these writings are derived from notes or labels on the manuscripts. They are arranged in chronological order. Course materials, including lecture notes and examination questions, are arranged at the very end of the series and are identified by institution and course title where possible.

Series II, CORRESPONDENCE AND OTHER PAPERS BY AND ABOUT ABRAHAM ROBINSON, includes all papers, other than writings, donated to the Yale University Library. These include materials created by Robinson as well as family records collected by him. In addition there are materials about Robinson collected by Mrs. Robinson to document the life and achievements of her husband and to facilitate the work of those compiling the biographical and analytical sections in Selected Papers of Abraham Robinson.

The series begins with Robinson's correspondence, most of which dates from the last decade of Robinson's life. Correspondence is in English, Hebrew, and German. References to Robinson's publications are included in the exchanges with publishers and co-authors. There is also correspondence relating to Robinson's work with professional organizations, notably the Association for Symbolic Logic, letters concerning professional appointments under the names of various institutions, and invitations to deliver papers at other institutions and conferences.

The remainder of the series is arranged alphabetically by record type. Some of this material such as notecards concerning mathematical bibliography, programs and announcements for Robinson's lectures, reviews of Robinson's published work, and honors and award certificates, diplomas and citations, dates from Robinson's lifetime. Of particular interest are diaries Robinson kept. In one from 1933, written in German, Robinson recorded the experience of fleeing Nazi Germany, from Breslau to Berlin, Munich, and then to Italy. In a second diary or reminiscence, written in Hebrew, Robinson recorded his impressions of life in France during the winter of 1940 and then of his escape to England after the Nazi invasion in June. Other papers in Robinson's hand include student notes in German and Hebrew. Several documents including identity cards and military orders date from Robinson's service with the Free French and British military forces.

Other material in the series dates from after Robinson's death in 1974. This material includes correspondence of Mrs. Robinson, letters of condolence, reminiscences of Abraham Robinson, and programs and remarks from memorial services, dedication ceremonies, and conferences in memory of Abraham Robinson. Published material which refers to Abraham Robinson's life and work, both from his lifetime and after his death, is also collected in this series.
Conditions Governing Use
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Renee Robinson, 1976-1992; and acquired from the Jewish National and University Library, 1993.
Arranged in two series: I. Writings. II. Correspondence and Other Papers.
6.75 Linear Feet
Related Names
Robinson, Abraham, 1918-1974
Language of Materials