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 to permission of donor.
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 ritings
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
Letters to Rosenbaum and Naomi Black
1961-1987
Box 31
Letters to Michael
1931-1972
Box 31
Diaries
Box 32
Family photographs, diaries