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Philosophy and social science manuscripts collection

Call Number: MS 644

Scope and Contents

The primary purpose of this register is to provide the researcher with a convenient guide to collections of manuscripts in the Sterling Memorial Library which, owing to their content or provenance, fall into the social science category, but which are too small to warrant separate descriptions.

For the present purpose "Social Science" has been broadly defined to include all those disciplines which were historically derived from Moral Philosophy in the mid-nineteenth century, together with certain related subject areas. Thus, the Philosophy and Social Science Manuscripts Group includes manuscripts relating to psychology, philosophy, education, law, economics, and political science. This group does not include manuscripts related to the humanities and the fine arts nor to those disciplines which derived from Natural Philosophy; those have been described separately in the guides to the Humanities and Fine Arts Manuscripts Group and the Natural Science Manuscripts Group respectively.

It should be re-emphasized that there are a number of separate large collections relating to philosophy and the social sciences that have been separately described and are not included in this register.

Consult the Chief Research Archivist, Manuscripts and Archives, for further information about all of these collections.


  • 1866-1967

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown, though some of the material in this collection is likely in the public domain. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.


Arranged alphabetically by individuals whose papers are included in the collection.


4 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


An artificial collection of notes, lectures, student papers, scrapbooks, and writings relating to the study and teaching of the academic disciplines in the social sciences including economics, education, psychology, political science, philosophy, and sociology, 1866-1967. The papers of Charles Andrews Armstrong Bennett, Albert Bushnell Hart, Wilmon Henry Sheldon, Wilbur Marshall Urban, and Alfred North Whitehead are included.

Biographical / Historical

CHARLES A. A. BENNETT (1885-1930)

Charles Andrew Armstrong Bennett was born in Ireland in 1885. He received his B.A. from Queen's College, Oxford, in 1908, and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1913. He taught philosophy at Yale until 1929. In 1923 he published A Philosophical Study of Mysticism and in 1931 a series of his lectures was published under the title The Dilemma of Religious Knowledge. Bennett died in 1930.

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WILBUR M. URBAN (1873-1952)

Wilbur Marshall Urban was born in 1873, received an A.B. from Princeton in 1895 and a Ph.D. from Leipzig in 1897. He taught at various colleges, including Princeton and Dartmouth, and became professor of philosophy at Yale in 1931, where he was also chairman of the department. In 1941 he became professor emeritus. Urban died in 1952.

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Albert Bushnell Hart was born in 1854, received his A.B. from Harvard in 1880 and his Ph.D. from Freidburg, Baden, in 1883. He taught history and government at Harvard from 1883, becoming professor in 1897 and professor emeritus in 1926. He has written and edited numerous volumes on American history and government. Hart died in 1943.

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Wilmon H. Sheldon was born in Newton, Massachusetts on April 4, 1875. He graduated from Harvard in 1895 from which he also received his M.A. in 1896 and his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1899. Sheldon taught philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, 1899-1900; Harvard, 1901-1903; Columbia, 1903-1905; Princeton, 1905-1909; and Dartmouth, 1909-1920, before coming to Yale, where he was professor of philosophy from 1920 and emeritus professor from 1943. Among his most important works are: Strife and Systems and Productive Duality (1918), America's Progressive Philosophy (1942), and Process and Polarity (1944).

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Alfred North Whitehead was born at Ramsgate, England on February 15, 1861. He received his B.A. from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1884 and an M.A. in 1887. Whitehead lectured on mathematics at Trinity College from, 1885 to 1911 and at the University of London from 1911 to 1924. In 1924 he joined the faculty of Harvard University as professor of philosophy, becoming emeritus professor in 1936.

Guide to the Philosophy and Social Science Manuscripts Collection
Under Revision
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
March 1983
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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