Max Black Papers,[ca. 1927]-1988.

Collection Number: 14-21-2466

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Max Black papers, [ca. 1927]-1988.
Collection Number:
14-21-2466
Creator:
Max Black, 1909-
Quantity:
32.0 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, files, and a manuscript.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Professional papers include correspondence, subject files, and files relating to his work with the Science, Technology, and Society program at Cornell. Also, manuscript of Black's book Rational Choice, the Prisoner's Dilemma.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Philosopher, Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University.
Max Black received two doctoral degrees from the University of London. He taught at the University of London from 1936 to 1940 and at the University of Illinois from 1940 to 1946. He joined the faculty at Cornell in 1946, becoming the Susan Linn Sage Professor of Philosophy in 1954. In 1965, Black became the first director of Cornell's Society for the Humanities, a position he held until 1971. Since 1971, he was a member of the Cornell program on Science, Technology and Society and academic head of its Unit on Humanities, Science and Technology. His first publication was a discussion of Jeremy Bentham's theory of definition. He has written numerous works on philosophical subjects, including books on mathematics, Wittgenstein, and the nature of the university.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Professional papers include correspondence, subject files, and files relating to his work with the Science, Technology, and Society program at Cornell. Also, manuscript of Black's book Rational Choice, the Prisoner's Dilemma.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Black, Max, 1909-1988
Cornell University--Faculty.

Subjects:
Philosophy--Study and teaching.
Philosophers.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Boxes 31 and 32 are restricted until the death of the donors or by their permission.
Cite As:
Max Black papers, #14-21-2466. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1
Probability; Induction; Mss. (Past); Cornell University matters; Fellowships & Grants; Lectures; Publications, Society for Humanities
1940s-[1960s]
Box 2
Papers; Testimonials; reprints of his writings
1940s-[ ]
Box 3
Course files; Paper on Necessity; Alphabetical file A-Z; Notes A-P on various philosophical subjects
Box 4
Notes P-W on various philosophical subjects; Tractatus by Wittgenstein (notes and papers)
Box 5
Wittgenstein continued; Writing Projects (notes, course notes, arranged alphabetically A-S); Social Science (course notes, reprints, etc.)
Box 6
Course work, notes, drafts, papers, reprints on philosophical topics
1928-[1950s-1960s]
Box 7
Course work for systematics; Philosophy of Science course material; India (1962); Japan (1957); Philosophy of Education
[1960s]
Box 8
Reprints by others; Topics (notes and papers); Seminars (Past); Tarners Lecture
[1960s]-1978
Box 9
Logic
[1950s-1960s]
Box 10
Course material; Academic; reprints
[1960s]
Box 11
Bound typescript copies of papers by others; Logical Possibility by M.B. (bd. typsc.) - 2 cassettes
Box 12
Alphabetical Subject Files; Misc. I & J, Knowledge, Language, Literary Criticism, Logic, Measurement, Metaphors, Moore and "O"
[1970s-1980s]
Box 13
Subject Files continued, O-R: Observation, Paradoxes, Philosophy, Practical Reasoning, Probability, Rationality, Reasonable Rules, Russell
[1970s]
Box 14
Subject Files continued, S-W: Scholarly Responsibility, Sets, Should and Is, Technion Papers, Technology, University (Open), Verifiability
[1970s]
Box 15
Wittgenstein continued; Misc. in separate drawer, incl. Lord Ashby, Humbug
[1970s]
Box 16
Professional alpha file A-W incls i.e. C.U. Adult Univ.; Financial
[1970s-1980s]
Box 17
Professional alphabetical files I-W; Trips (old)
[1970s-1980s]
Box 18
Subject files; reprints of M. Black; India
[1970s-1980s]
Box 19
Typescripts Memoir of M.B. (Rosenbaum, interviewer); cassettes of lectures; notes
Box 20
Notes on philosophical subjects: incl. Tarners Lecture series
[1960s-1970s]
Box 21
Philosophical files incl. Tarners Lecture
[1970s-1980s]
Box 22
Alpha file: M-Skepticism, Science, Spare, "P"; course material
[1970s]
Box 23
Course material; Other Papers; Dromoland Papers, 1972
[1970s]
Box 24
Course material; notes and papers
[1960s]
Box 25
Alphabetical files: Correspondence A-D
[1970s]-1980s
Box 26
Alphabetical files: Correspondence E-L
[1970s]
Box 27
Alphabetical files: Correspondence L-R
[1970s]
Box 28
Alphabetical files: Correspondence S-Z
[1970s]
Box 29
Subject files, A-I: Aspen Colloquium, Communication; Determinism; Explanation; Goodman; Humanism; Humanities, Induction
[1970s]
Box 30
Humanities Science and Technology - Rockefeller Foundation, Correspondence and Proposals, Annual Reports
[1970s]
Box 30
Humanities Science and Technology - Annual Reports, Colloquia, Workshops
[1970s]
Box 30
NEH and NSF - Proposals, Grants and Correspondence
[1970s]
Box 30
Publications
[1970s]
Box 30
Max Black's Memoir, including original tape recordings from oral interview
1987
Box 31 Folder 1
Letters to Rosenbaum and Naomi Black
1961-1987
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Box 31 Folder 2
Letters to Michal
1931-1941, 1972, undated
With a few replies
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Box 31 Folder 3
Letters to Michal
1932-1941, 1957, undated
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Box 31 Folder 4
Letters to Michal
1932-1936, undated
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Box 31 Folder 5
Letters to Michal
1932-1945, 1961-1963
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Box 31 Folder 6
Letters from Michal
1931-1933, undated
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Box 31 Folder 7
Letters from Michal (and Flossie)
1932
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Box 31 Folder 8
Daily Agendas
1932, undated
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Box 31 Folder 9
Daily Agendas
1955, 1967-1987, undated
Includes expense logs; notes; doodles
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Box 31
A Companion to Wittgenstein's 'Tractatus' by Max Black
1964
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Box 32 Folder 1
Diary
1954-1955
Written in examination books
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Box 32 Folder 2
Diary
1956
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Box 32 Folder 3
Diary
1957-1958
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Box 32 Folder 4
Diary
1959
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Box 32 Folder 5
Diary
1960
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Box 32 Folder 6
Diary
1961
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Box 32 Folder 7
Diary
1962
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Box 32 Folder 8
Diary
1963
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Box 32 Folder 9
Diary
1964
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Box 32 Folder 10
Diary
1965
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Box 32 Folder 11
Diary
1966
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Box 32 Folder 12
Diary
1967
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Box 32 Folder 13
Diary
1968
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Box 32 Folder 14
Diary
1969
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Box 32 Folder 15
Diary
1970
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Box 32 Folder 16
Diary
1971
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Box 32 Folder 17
Diary
1972
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Box 32 Folder 18
Diary
1973
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Box 32 Folder 19
Diary
1974
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Box 32 Folder 20
Diary
1975
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Box 32 Folder 21
Diary
1976
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Box 32 Folder 22
Diary
1977
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Box 32 Folder 23
Diary
1978
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Box 32 Folder 24
Diary
1979
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Box 32 Folder 25
Diary
1980
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Box 32 Folder 26
Diary
1981
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Box 32 Folder 27
Diary
1982
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Box 32 Folder 28
Diary
1983
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Box 32 Folder 29
Diary
1984
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Box 32 Folder 30
Diary
1985-1986
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Box 32 Folder 31
General (Travel, Events of Note, etc.)
1950-1982
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Box 32 Folder 32
Estate, Memorial Service
1988-1990
Correspondence
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Box 32 Folder 33
Mabel Michal Black
1958, 1983-1987, undated
Includes medicine bills, vaccination record, passports, correspondence, death certificates
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Box 32 Folder 34
Assorted Correspondence
1977-1988, undated
Includes bills, receipts, permission letters, publishing letters
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Box 32 Folder 35
Letters
1931-1938, undated
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Box 32 Folder 36
Letters - M. Macdonald
1932-1937
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Box 32 Folder 37
Personalia (Personal + Miscellaneous)
ca. 1911, 1953, 1974, 1985-1986, undated
Contains letter, infant lock of hair, copy of text, Mind Association members' addresses; letter from Mrs. Ashton Edwards; "philosopher + fish" quote
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Box 32 Folder 38
Naturalization Records
1931-1949, undated
Includes "alien registration receipt card," registration receipts, immigrant identification cards, identity cards, correspondence
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Box 32 Folder 39
Birth Certificates, etc.
1911, 1933-1949
Includes marriage registration, birth certificates, certificate of naturalization
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Box 32 Folder 40
Sir Misha Black
1974-1977
Correspondence; newspaper clipping of obituary
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Box 32 Folder 41
Documents - Miscellaneous
1931, 1948
Includes certificate of naturalization, an oath of allegiance
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Box 32 Folder 42
Rivka - Correspondence
1967
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Box 32 Folder 43
Max Black: Testimonials - Selected Copies
1931-1939
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Box 32 Folder 44
Willie (and Sylina) - Their Daughter, Elisabeth Halpern - Correspondence
1939-1940, 1977, 1993
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Box 32 Folder 45
"Perplexities" - Duplicates
1952, 1974, 1984-1986
Research papers
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Box 32 Folder 46
Cornell Press - Business '88
1970, 1987, undated
Contains argument for 'Perplexities,' text of "The 'Factual' and the 'Normative',"
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Box 32 Folder 47
England
1955
Includes correspondence, bank notes, material related to King Alfred School
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Box 32 Folder 48
Japan: Photos, Letters, Visiting Cards
1957
Includes small notebook of Japanese phrases, daily logs, expense logs, dresses, passport info; envelope of newspaper clippings
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Box 32 Folder 49
Testimonials
1965
Includes correspondence and letters of recommendation
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Box 32 Folder 50
Letters (Miscellaneous)
1966-1968, undated
Includes photo of Christopher + Felicity Gittenden (?) when they were children
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Box 32 Folder 51
KEEP (Assorted Documents)
1942-1955, undated
Correspondence; book lists; handwritten notes; flyer for "Special University Lectures in Philosophy" at the University of London
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Box 32 Folder 52
Gregory Vlastos
1986-03
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Box 32 Folder 53
Eric Ashby
1985-12-08
One letter
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Box 32 Folder 54
Alice Lazerowitz
1987-07-29
One letter
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Box 32 Folder 55
Raymond Klibansky
1987
Correspondence
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Box 32 Folder 56
Mark G. Singer
1969, 1977, 1983, 1987
Correspondence; copy of Life with Father, Life with Socrates by Virginia Wetherbee; copy of Are There Any Philosophically Interesting Questions in Technology?; includes two letters from Vicky, one is written on a Harvard College Library transaction card
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Box 32 Folder 57
M.B. Letters
1966-1978
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Box 32 Folder 58
Rosenbaum, P. + N.
1975-1980, undated
Correspondence; packet titled "Hints for Life in Jerusalem"
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Box 32 Folder 59
Posthumous Publication of Perplexities
1988-1989, undated
Correspondence; draft of foreword of text
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Box 32 Folder 60
Possible Posthumous Collection; Other "Lecturing and executive" staff
1988-1993, undated
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Box 32 Folder 61
Estate: Mainly Permissions, etc.
1985-1996, undated
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Box 32 Folder 62
School Reports
1923-1926
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Box 32 Folder 63
Assorted Material
1924-1938, 1946-1956, 1982-1988, undated
Includes postcards, rent account summaries, loan and savings books; original envelope labeled "Odds and ends"
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Box 32 Folder 64
Photographs - Max and Michal Black
Undated
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Box 32 Folder 65
Photographs - Family and Travel
1948-1964, 1974-1986, undated
Includes undated note
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Box 32 Folder 66
Photographs - School and Family
1941, 1966-1973, undated
Includes correspondence from the National Endowment for the Humanities; photo negatives
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Box 32 Folder 67
Photographs - Seminars/Lectures and Leisure Time
1966, 1974, undated
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Box 32 Folder 68
Photographs - Assorted
1952-1966, undated
A photo of Ludwig Wittgenstein
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Box 32 Folder 69
Photographs - Assorted
1970-1983, undated
Photo negatives
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Box 32 Folder 70
Miscellaneous
1952, 1961, undated
Includes pages from Picture Post on various philosophy professors, newspaper clipping of philosopher Bertrand Russell, pictures of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Albert Einstein, and Emir Abdullah, a Mother's Day card (?)
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Box 32
Dialectica-International review of philosophy of knowledge
1990
Vol. 44, memorial issue
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